Let me preface this by saying that I hate being one of those guys whose very first post on a site is an "omg plz help meh!!11" plea, but I have actually been lurking here for quite a while, think this is an awesome community, and it was really only a matter of time before I signed up anyway (though I wish it could have been under better circumstances). Now, with that out of the way...
I recently got an RGB SCART cable and an upscaling SCART to HDMI converter to connect my Genesis/CDX/32X to my RCA LCD HDTV. I've seen such a setup recommended several times on this site for a TV like mine, so my question is, quite simply, "what the hell went wrong here?"
What results from my setup is an off-center "wavy" picture fixed at a 16:9 aspect ratio with colors that look nowhere near as vibrant as I expected. On my CDX, I'm even greeted with what I can only describe as RF-type noise on any solid black portions of the screen (the SEGA logo, etc.). On my 32X attached to a model 2 Genesis, however, the noise manages to be absent.
I know that most RGB SCART cables offer composite as well, and I know that the cable I got is indeed one of these varieties. The image itself essentially gives me the impression that I'm getting an RGB base picture (as evidenced by the clarity of each pixel) but with composite colors (evidenced by the less than vibrant colors and "wavy" edges), if that makes any sense. The waviness is less pronounced than it is going straight through composite, but is definitely noticeable up close.
Now, I've already contacted the Ebay store that sold me the converter and told them I want my money back (shitty seller by the way; I was actually sold the item even though it apparently wasn't in stock when I bought it), so obviously I need a different converter, but what about the SCART cable? Do you think the problems I've listed are more on the converter's end or the cable's?
For reference, here are the items:
RGB SCART cable
SCART to HDMI converter
Is anyone familiar with these specific items, and if so, how does your experience with them compare to mine? Better yet, can someone refer me to a specific SCART cable and HDMI converter that they know work perfectly well with LCD TVs?
I'd greatly appreciate any input into this matter at all. I was beyond excited to get this stuff, and finding myself at square one all over again has pretty thoroughly destroyed all of that. I'm even finding myself considering the SCART to YPbPr option, even with the unlikelihood that it will be compatible with my TV (as now I wonder if the fixed 16:9 aspect is a result of the converter or perhaps my TV assuming that any 720p signal through HDMI is widescreen only).
Sorry about the length of this (I'm trying to be thorough) and double sorry if this belongs in a different area of the forum.
Also, I could try to track down a camera to take some pictures if that would be desired.
EDIT: I just wanted to add that I actually have a similar setup with my Dreamcast (VGA cable/non-upscaling VGA to HDMI converter) and it's worked great with no problems even vaguely similar to those mentioned above.