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I bought this cable from Amazon around 2 months ago due to my friend taking back his component cable which is what I using to get the most of my Xbox 360 on my '19' inch TV. I was hoping for a simple and easy solution to getting HD again for a good price because standard definition looks really horrible and grainy as i'm sure you would agree.
When I was searching for a new cable to bring me HD viewing I was looking for the best viewing experience for at a lower cost. I found it at Amazon for less than £10 since as I bought the non-official one, that is exactly the same quality.
I was really pleased by the performance of this cable and how easy it was to set up. The cable is long enough to reach my TV from really far away, but I have my Xbox right next to the TV as I think it looks much better. My TV can go up to 1080i and I when I fidled with the settings on my xbox, I was able to get the glorious high definition I deserve.
The cable comes with 1 VDA lead which is the same one you plug into computers and most modern TV's. It also has the simple white and red cables which actually gives great sound and an overall excellent gaming experience.
This is definitely a great buy and I recommend it to anyone wanting a cheap and easy solution for an even better price. I give this product a Hugh 5 out of 5 because it actually does give you a great viewing experience!
Having just got my second 'Red Ring of Death', the ominous visual warning of a general hardware fault on my Xbox 360 I was understandably very annoyed. Since Microsoft are no longer offering extended warranties I have decided to get my 2nd console fixed. Pulling everything to bits and extracting the mess of cables from behind my router I remembered I was actually using Microsoft's official VGA adapter and decided to review it.
Now in my lounge we still have an analogue widescreen tv though it does have a DVB tuner built in. When I first connected my 360 to witness the magic of this entertainment powerhouse I was slightly underwhelmed by the grainy look of standard definition television. This was unacceptable. I soon went and purchased this official lead for £20 in my local Currys Digital.
When connected to my PC monitor via the VGA cable the clarity of image in comparison to SD was stunning. I had to buy a splitter as the monitor had only one VGA port but hey. In the market for a new monitor I bought a 19" widescreen model which had both VGA and DVI inputs and spent time looking for a suitable TFT as using a splitter degrades the signal slightly. What a fantastic image quality from this cheap AV cable which can now be picked up easier and cheaper.
A very simple case of plugging in the cable at the consoles rear and attaching the VGA port and red and white audio jacks. It is automatically detected and you only need to access the 360 dashboard settings blade to choose a suitable resolution. If you mess up and choose an unsupported resolution the screen will return to its default setting until you specify a correct setting.
Microsoft Xbox 360 official VGA HD A/V Cable
Part Number: B4S-00001
Length: 8 feet
Connections: 1 x 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) - Male , 2 x RCA - Male ,
1 x TOSLINK - Female
Although a it cumbersome and lengthy, in the absence of a HD TV this will provide an excellent and noise free signal giving stunning detail in the way it was intended on your monitor. Most HD Ready or Full HD 1080p TV's have VGA inputs anyway so this is a good buy even if you buy a new set. In the absence of HDMI this is an essential purchase for any Xbox fan.
This great little cable is essential if you own an Xbox 360 but not a HD TV. It delivers you crystal clear quality straight through your PC monitor.
All computer monitors are HD, so chances are if your reading this and you have an Xbox 360, you can use this cable. Simply plug it straight into the VGA slot on the back of your monitor and your away. HD was only 480p on my monitor, but compared to the grainy picture you see when playing Halo 3 or Project Gotham on a normal analogue Tv, it seems smoother than a babies derriere.
So the cable has a good performance. The downside is, and this isn't Microsofts fault, that the cable is fiddly and impractical to use. Every time you want to play your Xbox, you have to unplug your computer cable and swap around, not a quick, smooth business. Also, you have the danger of bending the needles in the cables heading if your clumsy, rendering it forever useless. And audio comes as Left/Right two-pronged lead, which is not always practical, but is good for most Surround Sound systems.
It's not cheap either, with it often retailling for around £24.99, however Ebay and the like obviously offer better prices.
So, great performance but a bit ungainly and impractical. Quite the conundrum.
Better than HD?
After seeing the quality of HD LCD televisions I wasn't convinced for the price buying one would be worth it.
So I researched a different option which was plugging your Xbox 360 to a computer monitor. I found out all I needed was a VGA HD AV cable so I went ahead and found a slick looking monitor from HP which was a 19' Widescreen.
I then went on the search for a VGA HD Cable which is harder than you think on the high street! None of the main high street electrical shops like Comet, Curry's, and Tesco etc stocked them. There were a lot of online shops which sold them but I wanted it ASAP. The price for one of these cables is around £20. I thought that was quite steep but Is Is actually worth it for the assurance of it working well and the extra audio and video adapters.
If thinking about purchasing one of these, some cheaper brands don't include the adapter for audio, whereas the official Microsoft version does!
Thanks to that, installing it was stress free and when I turned the Xbox on I was amazed at how clear it was. It was like looking at a PC screen when reading the text on the screen, REALLY clear and smooth. Comparing this to a HD Television alternative up to 30'' there was no competition. The VGA HD is incredible.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable is a very useful device to have as it helps you connect your xbox 360 console to your PC Monitor simple by plugging one end into the Xbox 360 and the other end into your Monitor.
Their remains a question however as to whether or not you buy the proper Microsoft cable or an unbranded alternative, and i think the anwser is the latter. Simply because it does the exact same thing, but generally for a cheaper price. I personally have had both, and i see no difference, apart from of course the price. So obviously i know which i prefer.
Sound is however an issue with these devices, if your monitor is without inbuilt speakers you will be forced to buy a 3.5mm Audio Jack Coupler Adaptor Female Stereo MP3 UK aswell as a WE11130 Adaptor 3.5mm stereo plug to 2 x RCA sockets, the adapter connects with the coupler, the two plugs on the VGA cable being discussed are plugged into the 2 RCA sockets, and then your speaker device plugs into the other side of the coupler. So it is by no means a straight forward process. Though with the correct equipment it is relatively painless. You can pick these items up for under 3 pounds aswell, which isnt bad at all.
However the cable itself will almost certainly provide a straight connection from your console to your monitor, as all monitors these days have VGA, and that's really all you need. However remember in built speakers are nice.
I personally bought one of these, although I returned within a few days. The reason being that it can be bought unbranded on ebay/amazon for pennies. (that is if you have an HD input on your TV)
The HD cable itself is of a very good quality and is probably very reliable, judging by friends who have had it for a while. If you are worrying about setting it up, almost al HD TVs now have labels and coour coded inputs for the ends of them. So its really just a matter of matching up the colours. So everything about the cable itself is good.
Although, since it says Microsoft Xbox 360 on the front, the price is around £20. I think this is unbelievabely high for some bits of metal wire wrapped in plastic. So instead of buying the official stuff, I recommend buying off of ebay or amazon. On their you can get unbranded cables that work just as well for £6 delivered (for the AV compatible cables). If you have an HD input, then you can buy a cable for around £1.50/£2 delivered.
So hope you will use my advice and have been helped by this review.
thanks for reading!
When I was fist thinking about getting an Xbox 360 I was worried that I would not be able to take advantage of the high definition features as I have a small TV with a rubbish picture. After some searching I found that you could buy a VGA cable which will allow you to connect your Xbox 360 console to your computer monitor.
It costs about £20 but I believe that it was worth every penny. For your money you get a VGA cable, a sound adapter (which converts the red and white leads seen in the picture into a 3.5mm jack which can be plugged into speakers) and a female to female VGA adaptor so you can fit it to either male or female VGA connections.
I was confused as to how I was going to get any sound from the Xbox as my speakers do not have a female 3.5mm jack input - they have a male 3.5mm jack which plugs directly into the back of my computer. I discovered that the solution is to (separately) buy a '3.5mm Jack Adaptor female to female Mono Audio Coupler'. This then allows you to plug the VGA cable and the speakers (or headphones) into the female to female adapter, which gives you sound.
The picture quality will depend on the quality of your monitor. My monitor is average, but gave me a fantastic picture quality.
This is an extremely useful cable if you want to use your 360 on a PC monitor, or you just want to use VGA input on your TV so you can use HDMI or component for another device like your PS3 or Blu Ray player.
Let me start by saying not to bother buying the official Microsoft one. You can get third party ones for half the price and they all do exactly the same job. Mine still works fine and I've had it for around 6 months now. One thing I will say is that the audio may not work for some people and you may have to buy an adaptor for the red and white audio cables, depending on your TV. Otherwise, like me, if you have a sound system then you can just plug it into that and you won't have a problem
This can be a great alternative to buying a new TV as your monitor may look great so you just need to buy this cable instead. Also, VGA and HDMI are known to look slightly better than component so if you want an improved picture quality this could be a good choice but I would recommend HDMI over this. It plugs in the same way as the component cable except it obviously has VGA instead.
A must for anyone who has a wife that doesnt like watching xbox360 games! As we only have one TV in the house the solution I came up with was to run my Xbox 360 through my Dell LCD monitor. I connect my Xbox to the monitor, and my hi-fi. This gives excellent visual and audio. And in the comfort of my bed room. Set up is very simple, and diagams ar provided. No extra equiptment / cables are needed. Just a monitor, and speakers. I actually find that the picture is better on my monitor through the vga cable than it is on my LCD HD TV using the standard cable provided by Microsoft. Using the xbox dashboard, you can change the output resolution, so you can get the best output your monitor supports.
I would deffinately recomend spending 15 pound on this product as it will enhance your gaming experience.....
and allows the wife to watch the soaps without nagging
The Xbox 360 VGA cable is A device for connecting your games console to a computer monitor.
If you have a crummy TV but you have a nice computer monitor them this could be perfect for you.
In this pack you get a VGA cable, an adaptor so you can fit it to either male or female VGA connections and a sound adaptor.
Connecting up this cable is just like connecting it to your PC, one end will go into your Xbox360 games console and the other will go in to your monitor. You can use the adaptor if your VGA cable will not plug in.
The sound adaptor will fit on to the red and white cables on the VGA unit and will convert it into the PC audio plug so you will be able to use your PC speakers.
The picture quality is just as good as other high definition cables. You can get this cable for about £20.00.
Unlike most consumer electronics, video game consoles have a history of being built with limited video output connectors requiring custom designed video cables. This allows a reduction in manufacturing costs on the console and further profits to be made on the video cables.
Despite the fact that Sega released a VGA adapter for the Dreamcast in 1998, Microsoft chose not to implement this feature into the original XBOX, most likely in the fear of the console being confused with a computer. As a result, if consumers wanted to connect their XBOX to a PC display, the only option was to buy a component-VGA transcoder, usually available on import from online retailers such as the now bankrupt Lik-Sang. This was a suitable option for those who wanted to play XBOX games in progressive scan but didn't have an expensive high end display such as plasma or LCD. Although such transcoders worked, they required an external power adapter and suffered a slight loss in image quality due to the conversion of the signal.
With the release of the XBOX 360, finally Microsoft listened to their customers by implementing full VGA compatibility. The XBOX 360 VGA cable is essentially one lead that branches into a VGA output (for video) and 2 phono outputs (audio). A 3.5mm jack audio adapter is also provided to connect speakers that do not have phono inputs. There's also an audio optical output for surround sound.
When it comes to high definition, for many, the words component and hdmi come to mind. However, not only is VGA suited to those whose only means of display is a PC monitor but also users that have an HDTV with a VGA input.
Although component is the most likely method people use to connect their XBOX 360 to a high definition display, colours tend to be over saturated and the image not quite as sharp as VGA.
Switching on the XBOX 360 via VGA, further video output settings become available including 1024x768, 1280x768, 1360x768, 1280x1024, 1080p. Most LCD's and plasmas tend to do a poor job of scaling video to the panel's native pixel resolution. With the VGA cable, the video can be set to the monitor's native resolution, bypassing the TV's internal scaling resulting in a much sharper image. Essentially the XBOX 360 does the scaling.
The plastics used for the cable do appear a bit cheap, especially in comparison to most standard VGA cables available for PC's. This comes as a disappointment since this is the official cable from Microsoft. If you are uncertain whether to buy the official Microsoft cable or a cheaper unbranded 3rd party alternative I would recommend the Microsoft brand since there have been reports of unbranded cables from China providing inadequate shielding and inferior image quality.
Overall if you have any form of display with a VGA input, the XBOX 360 VGA cable should be your first choice for image quality. The cable retails for approx £20 and available from most video game retailers.