ClearColor3 and ClearVideo3 Video Converters
Color-space converters have become a popular item for those consumers who have taken the plunge into home theater. While not everyone finds the need for such products, those who do can rely on companies like Key Digital Systems to provide high performance converters. The company has an excellent reputation for consistently delivering high performance video products in the ever-changing video market. Several years ago we reviewed their first generation Component-to-VGA and VGA-to-Component converters called the KD-CTCA2 and KD-VTCA1 respectively. Since then, they've introduced the new KD-CTCA3 (ClearVideo3) and KD-VTCA3 (ClearColor3) products. Similar to their predecessors, the ClearVideo3 and ClearColor3 products have been refined to offer better video performance and features than the earlier designs. The new products both have small enclosures, making them easy to tuck away behind video components.
We tested the ClearVideo3 with a Marantz MV8300 D-VHS VCR connected to the adapter's component video inputs and displayed the converted RGB video on our 21" Viewsonic G810 monitor. The image was absolutely stunning with no hint of noise in the picture. Colors looked very accurate with natural flesh tones and good saturation. We also connected our HDTV tuner that sends RGB video out through a VGA connector. We connected the tuner to the VGA input on the Clear Video 3 and when the component video turned off, the adapter automatically switched the tuner input to the monitor with no degradation in the signal from what we could tell.
The ClearColor3 adapter worked flawlessly in our system. We connected our HTPC to the unit and sent the processed component video signals to a Marantz VP-12S2 we were reviewing at the time. The 720p video signal looked excellent on this projector with superb color fidelity and low-noise in the black levels. We were also pleasantly surprised not to see any ringing in the signal even over a 20 foot cable.
- Kevin Nakano
Projector: Marantz VP-12S2 High-Definition DLP Projector
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Key Digital Systems ClearVideo3 Component-to-RGB Adapter
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Key Digital Systems ClearColor3 RGB-to-Component Adapter
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