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Joytech 245C AV Control Center - £16.99 delivered @ Play
Joytech 245C AV Control Center - £16.99 delivered @ Play

Joytech 245C AV Control Center - £16.99 delivered @ Play

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I've been tempted by one of these for a while, and decided to go for it at this price. Should be ideal to hook up my Wii, Xbox, Freesat box and DVD player to my HD TV.

No HDMI, but you can still do HD over component cable. The 3-port network hub is a handy addition too.

See first post for full specs & description.

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Original Poster

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Specifications

* Connect up to seven AV or game console devices to your TV
* AS-HD technology maintains optimum signal clarity
* 6 component video inputs
* 7 composite video, S-video and stereo audio inputs
* 4 digital optical inputs
* 3 port Ethernet LAN Hub
* Front panel inputs for quick AV connection
* Fully programmable LCD Display
* Remote Control and Cables included

Description

Bring order to the HD-era with the AV Control Center 245C. State-of-the-art technology allows you to organize and customize your AV universe supporting up to seven AV or game console devices.

Fully programmable LCD Display and connections for component video, S-video, composite video, stereo audio, digital optical with a 3 port Ethernet LAN Hub provide all the control you need and integrated AS-HD technology maintains optimum signal clarity at all times.

HOT! Nearest I can find to that is £29.95 and that's pre order!

No HDMI will put quite a few off though.

Looks useful for those who have several media devices to hook up
I think Total Film give these (or equivalent) away for free when you subscribe as well

You need an extra adaptor from Joytech's tech help dept. to make the Wii work through component with this unit...

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Mallinersha;5375055

You need an extra adaptor from Joytech's tech help dept. to make the Wii … You need an extra adaptor from Joytech's tech help dept. to make the Wii work through component with this unit...



Thanks for the info - do you have any more details? I have the Wii component cable which works fine when connected directly to the TV, is that no good for the Joytech unit?

Hi, has this got anything to do with surround sound? what are the optical cables used for? I want to connect my PS3 and 360 to surround sound (dont have an AMP) :?

Thanks

looks nice, shame there is only one colour.

Mallinersha;5375055

You need an extra adaptor from Joytech's tech help dept. to make the Wii … You need an extra adaptor from Joytech's tech help dept. to make the Wii work through component with this unit...



i have the 540c, just plug the blues into the green ports, and the greens into the blue ports! job done (p.s, this is the best tip on the internet, and i made it!)

lmaolmao;5375896

i have the 540c, just plug the blues into the green ports, and the greens … i have the 540c, just plug the blues into the green ports, and the greens into the blue ports! job done (p.s, this is the best tip on the internet, and i made it!)



Will this method work on the 245C though?

CeeBee;5375459

Thanks for the info - do you have any more details? I have the Wii … Thanks for the info - do you have any more details? I have the Wii component cable which works fine when connected directly to the TV, is that no good for the Joytech unit?



Yeah it's a little plug through adaptor that sits on the green connector, check out post 9 above for swapping ports, that might work, can't test it here as I sold my Wii a long time ago...

Looks good if you have a TV with limited outputs.

What are the ethernet ports for ? can you stream media off a network ? and if so, what formats are supported ?
Thanks

Rooster#1;5377332

What are the ethernet ports for ? can you stream media off a network ? … What are the ethernet ports for ? can you stream media off a network ? and if so, what formats are supported ?Thanks



The ethernet ports act just as a hub, nothing more. A handy feature -- saves you from having to use a seperate hub/ switch.

Original Poster

Blimey, that sold out quick! Hope it comes back in stock for anyone that missed out.

Rooster#1;5377332

What are the ethernet ports for ? can you stream media off a network ? … What are the ethernet ports for ? can you stream media off a network ? and if so, what formats are supported ?Thanks



It's just a hub, to share one connection (e.g. to your router) between up to three of your devices.

BiGT-;5375663

Hi, has this got anything to do with surround sound? what are the optical … Hi, has this got anything to do with surround sound? what are the optical cables used for? I want to connect my PS3 and 360 to surround sound (dont have an AMP) :?Thanks



All this would enable you to do is connect multiple devices to an existing amplifier's optical input.

alfreer1;5375817

looks nice, shame there is only one colour.



Yeah, I would have preferred it in black but for this price I'm not complaining

lmaolmao;5375896

i have the 540c, just plug the blues into the green ports, and the greens … i have the 540c, just plug the blues into the green ports, and the greens into the blue ports! job done (p.s, this is the best tip on the internet, and i made it!)



Thanks, I'll give that a go with the 245C when it arrives and will report back.

Nice find heat and rep added ;-)

Does anyone know if this will take optical as an input and output to analogue audio?

Ive been looking for a device that will for ages (believe they call it a DAC), they all seem to go for around £70 cheapest.
I need to run a cable over a long distance to my audio setup and analogue looses too much quality and needs to be amplified alot.

Original Poster

jacksonliam;5381552

Does anyone know if this will take optical as an input and output to … Does anyone know if this will take optical as an input and output to analogue audio?



Afraid not, according to the ]manual:

"Each input connection will only correspond to the matching output connection. For example, a Component Video cable attached to Component Video Input 1 can only be viewed via the Component Video Output Socket and cannot be displayed via the S-Video, Composite Video or Stereo Audio RCA Output Sockets"

Original Poster

Mine's arrived now and I'm very happy with it. Only hooked up my Wii and Xbox so far, need to get some more cables before I can add my Freesat box, DVD player and HTPC.

I can confirm that I didn't need a special adaptor to connect the Wii, neither did I need to swap the green and blue plugs.
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