any ideas on why my pic quality is diminished?

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  1. MarkSherm

    MarkSherm Auditioning

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    Originally had my 42" TV hooked directly up to my DishNetwork 501PVR Receiver via S-video cable and PQ was great.

    Now I have the Dish Receiver S-Video hooked up to a Panasonic DVD Player/Recorder which then has an S-Video running out of it and into the TV (basically only difference from previous set-up is the DVD Recorder/Player in-between the TV and Receiver). PQ in this situation appears good except for certain instances....such as close-ups of flesh (such as a face) where the shades between various flesh-tones is distorted (looks more like rough computer game graphics rather than the smooth color transition found in film quality graphics).

    Is the fault with my new S-Video cable (perhaps not as high quality as the original S-Video cable)?
    Would I fair better by running the video through the Yellow component video cable rather than the S-Video?
    Or is this just something I have to live with by having the DVD recorder acting as the go-between from the receiver to the TV?

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    It could be either the cable or the DVD recorder doing something to the signal. No way should you drop to composite (single RCA cable).

    Try this: Hook the TV directly up to the PVR with one of the SVideo cables. Freeze a scene - perhaps on the program guide. Now switch the SVideo cable for the other one.

    If both cables produce a similar picture, then you might assume it's the DVD recorder causing problems.

    Re-connect everything with the same screen frozen on the TV. Does the image quality look bad again? (Sometimes you can solve problems by just disconnecting/reconnecting the wires.)
     
  3. MarkSherm

    MarkSherm Auditioning

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    Sorry for the belated "thanks", Bob. Your advice steered me to the correct solution - the cables WERE the problem! The composite and s-video cables were both creating poor picture quality, so i upgraded (for $20) to component video cables and the PQ was great.
    Thanks!
     

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