• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to work, 8.4.1 update breaks it

    We use these extensively. And they've now stopped working.

    It appears the latest apple TV update (8.4.1 at time of writing) breaks it - as soon as the adapter is plugged in (and i've tested with several), the apple TV light goes out and that's the end of the game. The appleTV works fine with an hdmi cable to a hdmi device, just not to vga via the kanex.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn't work

    I bought this product last week because I wanted to connect an Apple TV to an Epson projector that only supports vga. But when I tried to connect it the screen just goes black

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning: it doesn't always "just work"

    I tried to use this to hook my new Apple TV up to a good Toshiba projector. The projector supports many resolutions and works fine with my MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone (via the relevant adapters). After many hours of trying, I could not get the Kanex ATV Pro to output anything on my projector.

    So, be warned. Keep the packaging so you can return this if it does not work with your projector.

    Also, as a side note: you will only be able to use this for AirPlay mirroring, you won't be able to watch any movies you rent on the Apple TV via iTunes on the big screen due to HDCP copy protection.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not meant for durability

    Bought 2 of these and they are both dead after a year. First the Audio port fails because the connection fail to engage any longer internally which really causes the product to be useless at that point. Then eventually the picture no longer worked as well on one of them. Very poor quality.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Performance

    The converter cable works just as it promises! It converts your HDMI signal coming from your Apple TV into two separate feeds, your VGA and Audio. I have my VGA cable plugged into the adapter and into my projector. I also have an audio cable plugged into the adapter and into the classroom amp system. Works like a charm and allows me to teach without requesting a new HDMI compatible projector (which would take a year or more to actually get).
    It converts the image to the same quality that is being transmitted from the Apple TV up to the top quality allowed through the projector. I love the cable, but of course it's really the Apple TV that's so great. The converter just allows me to use the Apple TV with my projector.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for long VGA cables!

    I can't find any details on Kanex's website regarding the maximum length VGA cable that the ATV Pro can handle, but it's definitely limited. It won't push a VGA signal as far as a standard laptop video card. I'd say if your VGA cable is longer than about ten feet, you might run into odd video flashing issues.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Requires Powered HDMI port

    FYI - This device will not work on retina Macbook Pros or the new Mac Minis. It requires a powered HDMI port which are not available on those machines. Save yourself the time if you are trying to connect a Mini or MB pro retina.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible for AirPlay

    This device downgrades the image coming from the ATV to the converter, which is fine it has to downgrade the signal in order to project it on your old VGA display. However, when you AirPlay your device to the ATV the ATV does it's own downgrade on the signal coming from your iOS device, which it also has to do that since the resolution of the ATV is higher than the iOS device you are AirPlaying.

    With that being said when you AirPlay through this converter the ATV downgrades the image, than the Kanex downgrades the image and on your projector screen is a tiny iOS/AirPlay image. It is unusable in a classroom or any business situation.

    If you need this converter just to use the ATV for watching movies and ATV services, than it is fine.

    If you need this converter specifically for AirPlay, look elsewhere. It is absolutely unusable for AirPlay.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    I am using this to hook my Apple TV to my older style VGA Projector and it works great. Video quality looks as good as can be expected for VGA. I am only using it for the video, I have the audio running directly from the Apple TV to my surround sound receiver using the optical port.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful but analog audio output needs some work...

    I purchased this device in order to use Apple TV with my older Pioneer plasma which only has component video or VGA. It works fantastic! My only complaint is that the quality of analog audio output on the unit is substandard.

    I use the optical output from my home theater system and it sounds great. However, I use the analog output on the unit for listening to music on my high-end standalone stereo speakers and it makes my speakers sound subdued. I still kept the unit because to keeps me from shaking walls and my neighbors happy when I'm playing music.

    If the digital audio is all you need then it's five stars for this product. Otherwise, it only has to works and therefore I give it three.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful world

    I really love it. I bough a 1 year ago. My live changed. TV set is more interesting now. I recommend. You won't regret.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working after the iOS 7 update.

    My coworker and I both use this product with the Apple TV to project our iPads for our classroom. Suddenly a day or two after the iOS 7 update came out, both of us started getting static! I took the Apple TV home to update it, and it works perfectly when it's plugged in straight to HDMI. I've also tried replacing my VGA cable twice, and nothing seems to help. This is such a useful and convenient tool for teachers when it's working.... PLEASE FIX THIS!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it if they paid me to use it

    I got this with hopes of connecting my Apple TV to my VGA projector in the classroom. Nothing but a headache. I will be returning it. Save yourself some aggravation and don't even waste your time buying this.

    10 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    incompatible cable with powerbook

    This cable is recommended for connecting an Epson projector with a vga port to a power book, in What Cable Do You Need on the Store website. The computer doesn't recognize it nor does the projector. After 60 plus dollars, how many cables do I need in order to connect various computers, Ipads to my projector which is two years old? And is it really that difficult to find the correct one?

    6 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    For what it is . . . . .

    The device works to a degree. It does not recognize HDCP and thus is basically useless. I downloaded a video from iTunes for my iPad. When I connected to my vga projector I kept getting a HDCP error and it would not play. Using it in the classroom with my iPad, it works with most of my appications and does a fair job.

    I would not recommend it for most users. There are less expensive ways to go that work much better.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what i want

    i have it connected to my ATV 3 through my Pioneer amp and out to a 720P VGA projector. I've had no problems at all and it certainly simplifies things by not having to have yet another power source!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE this product!

    I bought the Kanex to hook my Apple TV into an older plasma with a VGA input. The product works flawlessly. It was totally simple to connect, and the image quality on my TV was WAY better than I expected. It saved me from having to buy an new TV!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Signal gets cut off too frequently

    Im using this adapter on my son's wii u to connect to a projector. The signal cuts off too frequently, I'm thinking its because its not powered thus not being amplified?? I will be getting another adapter made by another manufacturer that is powered to see if that will solve the problem. So I have to say this product is not doing what I want it to do properly and is a financial loss for me. But during the times it work, I was grateful.

    13 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    This product converts HDMI to VGA and supports 1080p resolution and HDCP and you can use it even with PC, PS3 or BluRay. It decrypts HDCP, so now you can even make copies of your iTunes movies or BluRay movies with VGA crabber and share them with your friends for free.

    Thank you Apple!

    The only downside of the product is that it takes its power from the HDMI pin18 (5VDC) that is not meant to power external devices, because it (by standard) can only provide 50mA current. I would think that this kind of conversion and decryption requires more power. I think this the reason why this product doesn't work with all devices that comply with the standard and only provide 50mA current.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work.

    Worked for an hour and then stopped. I haven't been able to get it going again since. It's going back tomorrow (along with the Apple TV, which is useless without it).

    16 of 38 people found this useful