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where to buy svideo to RCA cable

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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   David_Sietsema



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Posted January 14 2003 - 03:20 PM

I am trying to hook my laptop up to the TV, and need a cable that goes from svideo to RCA. I went to radio shack, and i would have had to buy a converter, and the the cables for each end, which would have been $50. Is there a place online where I can order just one cable that would do that? I didn't get one with my computer unfortunatly. (I have a compaq 2800T)

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   MattJP



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Posted January 14 2003 - 04:50 PM

Maybe you can try the Apple store...I have cable like this that came with my G4 Powerbook.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Ron Lewen

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Posted January 14 2003 - 11:35 PM

Try these guys... I ordered one on the Thursday after Christmas, not expecting to see it until after New Years Day, and it showed up on New Years Eve!



#4 of 11 OFFLINE   JayDaniel


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Posted January 15 2003 - 01:51 AM

How about a $5 solution? I use this in my HT to convert my composite (RCA) vcr connection to S-video. This way, I now have everything coming into my receiver on S-video, and only one video connection out to my tv (via S-video).


Parts Express part no. 180-141

Hope this works for you.

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   David_Sietsema



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Posted January 15 2003 - 09:24 AM

Thank you guys, that is exactly what I was looking for. I bought the converter from parts express, and a 12' video cable to go along with it. - David

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted April 04 2003 - 10:14 PM


(Totally unrelated matter).
Your name proves its Dutch descent (in fact even more accurate: Frisian). Do you speak some of it yourself?

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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   David_Sietsema



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Posted April 05 2003 - 03:13 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome. Posted Image

Nice to know someone that knows my name is Dutch. I don't speak any of it myself though. My grandparents are into geneology though, so they do a lot of research on our dutch ancestors (sp?).

#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted April 05 2003 - 06:42 AM

One thing of note: The signal types for Compsoite RCA and Y/C Svideo are completely different-- so more than an "adapter" is necessary to convert the signals. Passive notch filters like these degrade signal quality greatly vs. a real signal converter, and I would always recommend spending the extra couple bucks on any device that you actually care about quality. -Vince
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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Geoff L

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Posted April 08 2003 - 12:57 PM

The site Ron linked you to is the way to go. The adapters with a composite cable on it or what ever will definitly be degraded, and I promise you won't be happy.
I know as I've used them.

www.Svideo.com carry (straight shot) cables that work "very very well". Cost a little more but "very reasonable". They have 4 pin and 7 pin S-Vid to RCA all in one cable, not a spliter or adaptor. Not as perfect as Vince's pricey suggestion, but much much better than the passive adaptor your looking to try.

I was very skeptical and felt it would degrade the S-Vid sigal just as bad as the PE adaptor and good composite cable did, but it was "not anywhere close" to as bad as the picture when using the PE passive adaptor.

They come in 1 3 6 12 24-ft lengths. Fast shipping and free shipping.

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#10 of 11 OFFLINE   xiaobao12



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Posted September 17 2009 - 04:24 PM

Hi guys,

Newbie to this forum....just trying to do the same thing as the original poster. I have an old Samsung Analog TV (28 inch) and an older Toshiba laptop that has a VGA and a S-video connection. My ultimate idea is to set up a wireless network where the the laptop can access the files on my desktop in another room, then play these files on the TV in my bedroom (connected with a S-video to RCA cable). Can this work?

About hooking up the laptop to the TV, is it crucial to use good cables? Geoff, I found the cables you were talking about here:


About 10 bucks cheaper than www.svideo.com. Will I see a difference in quality or does it really matter?

Also, if this setup does work, will the quality be pretty mediocre on the TV? I would like to be able to watch movies from my bed. The TV is about 1.5 feet from the foot of my bed!

Thanks in advance for all your help guys.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   xiaobao12



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Posted September 17 2009 - 04:25 PM

don't know why it posted twice...sorry.

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