Optical (video) out to Dell Monitor

archipelag0

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I've got an old sony home theatre (MHC-WZ8D) which I'd like to hook up to my Dell U2515H monitor for playing DVD's.
The amp has an optical (video only) out, which I'm guessing would give a better picture than the svideo out. Dell could take HDMI input I think.
I know the amp is ancient but it seems a shame to get rid of it if there's a magic lead that would solve the problem.
Any ideas?
 

robert600

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Nice monitor!

Your best video output from your home theater is the 'component output'. To hook to that monitor you'd need a 'component to hdmi converter' ... something like this:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186246&cm_re=component_to_hdmi_converter-_-12-186-246-_-Product

you wouldn't need to worry about the audio out cables - just the the 3 video component cables.


Looking at that monitor ... It is screaming for a blu ray player ... they have come way down in price ... they play dvds as well as blu rays and have hdmi out so hooking up is simple .... you might find one for not much more than that converter and the resulting picture quality would be so much better.
 

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Actually, maybe not. I assumed as it was an output from the DVD that it was a video feed...
I've now found the manual (https://www.manualslib.com/manual/163234/Sony-Model-Mhc-Wz8d.html?page=54#manual ) and it explains that an audio recording can be made through MiniDisc hooked up to the Optical Out so looks like it's audio only after all.
Any ideas for the best video output then?
 

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Nice monitor!

Your best video output from your home theater is the 'component output'. To hook to that monitor you'd need a 'component to hdmi converter' ... something like this:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186246&cm_re=component_to_hdmi_converter-_-12-186-246-_-Product

you wouldn't need to worry about the audio out cables - just the the 3 video component cables.


Looking at that monitor ... It is screaming for a blu ray player ... they have come way down in price ... they play dvds as well as blu rays and have hdmi out so hooking up is simple .... you might find one for not much more than that converter and the resulting picture quality would be so much better.
 

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Actually .... here is a terrific deal on a 4k ultra HD player for $52 (I had no idea these could be had so cheaply).

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIACYN6WF9107&cm_re=blu_ray_player-_-9SIACYN6WF9107-_-Product

Your monitor cannot handle full 4k but it can handle WQHD - which is a good step up from 1080p - this player would upscale your dvd or blu rays (or video files) to this and bring out the very best in that monitor. Also, if in the future you upgrade to a 4k tv - this player would be ideal for that. Hookup to your present system would be simple ... hdmi 2 cable from player to monitor ... optical cable from player to home theater!
 
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