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Just how dead is the RCA (Yellow Red White) cable standard?

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My car has two back set screens. They both take RCA video in. Until now I have been using a Wii to put something on those screens, but to make that work I need a special battery to act as an expensive capacitor to keep the Wii from losing power when I start my engine. I'm tired of this, so I've decided to take a Windows 10 tablet (which had it's own battery inside) and connect that to the screens. This way I can show live TV via YouTube on the screens (the Wii gets YouTube but not live streams), I can emulate games with USB controllers, and all without needing to worry about the "computer" shutting off every time I start my car between trips. 

 

Only one issue, the tablet puts out HDMI, not RCA. I figured this would not be a big issue, I'd just buy a converter/adapter at the store. Ha! Best buy didn't carry any. Wal-mart didn't either. Radio shack, well my local one shut down, I think they all are now, so that's not an option. Target? Nope. Big lots? Nope! Maybe a car place, like O'Reilly? Not a single adapter to be seen. Office Depot had them, online. But if I'm going to buy online, I might as well use Amazon, it will be a lot cheaper. I want this in my hands now; I don't want to wait. After calling all these stores, plus Sears, Kmart, Staples, Home Depot, Flying J, Pep Boys... I found one. 

 

Fry's Electronics had one. Just one. And it was $44.50! On Amazon they go for $10, on eBay for $8, and on Aliexpress for $4! No way am I paying that much just to have it now!

 

So, to my question, how dead is RCA? I mean, my 2010 Honda uses it. I have a friend with a 2013 Nissan that uses it. Yet no one seems to carry the cables, adapters, or parts needed to use it. Am I going crazy here? :o 

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Pretty dead. It's only used as a legacy port.

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how dead is RCA? 

Very much dead.

The only reason it's still alive today, is for people like you who still have devices that only uses it.

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RCA is the actual connector video transmission methods such as composite video use. While composite is pretty dead, the RCA jack is still quite useful and is used pretty much anywhere analog connections are, especially with audio equipment. It is also sometimes used instead of toslink for digital standards such as S/PIDF.

 

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yeah man audio equipment still uses rca a bunch 

gots me a studio and alot of connections to things like cdjs/djm mixers and aux connections for random devices 
 

 

but id say in the home of today its basically gone unless your still using rca/3.5mm cables for ya phone music 

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So dead, if you didn't say the color of the wires in the title I wouldn't know what you was talking about.

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1 minute ago, aisle9 said:

On a scale of one to dead, it's Titan.

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I have a bunch of cables, but no devices that actually use them

 

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Buy an hdmi to VGA active adapter, then use a vga to rca adapter (much more common) to make the connection.

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6 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

Pascal or Prometheus? 

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10 minutes ago, BadluckBrian said:

So dead, if you didn't say the color of the wires in the title I wouldn't know what you was talking about.

Maybe you just have a relatively short attention span

 

Just now, Shreyas1 said:

I have a bunch of cables, but no devices that actually use them

Funny, I've got a bunch of devices that use them, but no cables.

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1 minute ago, Drak3 said:

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Maybe you just have a relatively short attention span

 

Funny, I've got a bunch of devices that use them, but no cables.

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The connectors (at least for audio) are still pretty common but the yellow one that carries video is super legacy by now.  Very few devices will output that, and nothing new takes it as an input - well, at least not without also offering something more modern.

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12 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Buy an hdmi to VGA active adapter, then use a vga to rca adapter (much more common) to make the connection.

That might be cheaper, maybe, but it would take up more space. Since this is for my car, I care more about the space. But I appreciate it.

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19 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Buy an hdmi to VGA active adapter, then use a vga to rca adapter (much more common) to make the connection.

Actually, come to think of it, I did ask about this as well as HDMI to component and component to composite. Best Buy doesn't carry anything RCA, at all.

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Last time I really used the RCA cable on the regular was August 5, 2015. So yeah, pretty dead. Other than that, I have my original Xbox at my dads cause he doesn't have internet, but other than older electronics and old TVs, its deader than the Ford Probe.

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I still use the RCA standard for most of my audio gear. 

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2 hours ago, Jamiec1130 said:

I still use the RCA standard for most of my audio gear. 

Yep, though, that mostly the red and white for sound.

I think the only thing I still have that uses RCA with all three colors is my Gamecube and Wii.

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Moral of the story the RCA standard has had it's prime, now it's in the past and very rarely used anymore these days.

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almost dead, it's still used in a lot of cheaper cameras. mainly reversing cameras and cheap CCTV stuff.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Xanthe_2871 said:

Actually, come to think of it, I did ask about this as well as HDMI to component and component to composite. Best Buy doesn't carry anything RCA, at all.

If you end up needing one you can find them on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cable-S-Video-Computer-Adapter-VGA-RCA/dp/B06X6MR9FF/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508404961&sr=8-3&keywords=vga+to+rca

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-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

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