Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 2004 SLK32 AMG
Location: San Diego, CA
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RE: DVD over COMAND option?
I haven't a clue what miroj is talking about - he seems to know something about video, but I think he's off topic here - for example, a plain German TV tuner wouldn't do much for us in SD since we don't use PAL (and I'm sure our spectrum is different as well). If it had a video in, it would probably be a SCART connector, which wouldn't help us much either - just something else you'd have to deal with. Resolution is a funky thing too. A converter like this can't really be spec'd by its "resolution", it has to put out a signal that conforms to the standard, and of course, the converter should degrade the signal as little as possible.
You know I haven't used one of these particular converters and without spec's can't tell exactly what it does - I can't even tell for sure if it is plastic from that photo.
The guts of a converter like this needs to take the signal you provide - in our case NTSC of some form - and convert it to the format used by the display. If the formats are not dimensionally the same, the signal also needs to be scaled. In most converters all of this is done with one or two chips these days. Now, if it is interactive with the controls on the Command, it would also need a control interface for that as well.
I noticed these guys also had something that sounded like it would work in your MDX for about the same price. Did you talk to the guys over at La Jolla audio to see if they have anything.