how much diff does it make?

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  1. sam_sark

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    i just noticed yesterday the sound difference when i have an optical cable attached and when i do not have one..it was really a lot....just had me wondering..at present i have analog video output to my receiver and the same from receiver to my normal tv.....how good a picture will i get if for instance i replace it with a s-video or component connection ? is it worth it ? also is s-video the same as s-vhs ?
     
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    IMHO,
    S-video is a solid improvment over composite, and well worth it. Component is a solid step above that, and if your TV and DVD player both have component I/O, I would use it. s-video and s-vhs are different, although most s-vhs decks do have s-video out and regular VHS decks usually don't.
    Keep in mind that most recievers will not upconvert from one format to the other, i.e. you can't plug your VCR in with composite, your DVD with s-video, and the attach your TV with just the component.
     
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    Do you mean optical as opposed to a digital coax connection? They pass the same material, and should sound identical. Those who claim to be able to hear a difference between the two will choose the coax, although.

    Or do you mean optical as opposed to a stereo pair of RCA cables? Then the difference SHOULD be huge, and you had your DVD player and reciever connected incorrectly. A digital connection is NECESSARY to get Dolby Digital and DTS, unless you have on-board decoders on your DVD player (which most do not)and are using a full 6-cable set to connect to your reciever's 5.1 Pre-ins. Some from a while back did, but nowadays almost all DVD players do not have on-board decoding (other than for 2-channel). If you were connected via stereo pairs, then you can only get pro-logic type sound, which is quite inferior.

    Or do you mean optical as opposed to nothing? Obviously with nothing, you get no sound. [​IMG]

    As for your video connection, the improvement can vary, although it most likely is worth it. If you have an HDTV and a progressive-scan DVD player, component outputs are NECESSARy to take advantage of progressive scan. And you have to enable progressive on the player usually. Also, IMO, the difference in video cables is worthless unless you've calibrated your video with Avia or VE.

    More information would help us help you more.
     
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    Go for component - they are the best, provided, of course, your DVD player and TV support it.

    Also, if you have only one video source, best to connect it directly to your TV - no need to put it thru your receiver.
     
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    There isn't gonna be a noticeable difference between component and s-video connection on a average tv. There little difference between my AR pro-series ps2 component cable and a cheapo s-video cable. I also have my dvd player connected with both component and s-video and don't notice a big difference. Better video signal isn't always gonna yield better picture if your tv is the weak link. I have a 24" toshiba flatscreen TV BTW.
     
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