Component cables.. What to get?

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  1. James_Barcus

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    I'm looking at getting some better quality component cables. I'm looking at ebay for these because there's some really good prices on there on new cables. I've seen a lot of Monster cables, RCA, Phillips (which I'm using), and Acoustic Research. I was just wondering what brand I should get? I don't know much about this except that the cheaper the cable price, the worse your reception gets.
     
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    Sent you a PM. I have always used Monster and thought they looked good. A lot of people also like Acoustic Research. I don't think you could do wrong with either one. Especially if the price were right.[​IMG]
     
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    I learned my own lesson with component cables. For quite a while I used some really cheap $12 Rectocon (Wreck-to-con?) component cables, thinking that cables wouldn't matter.

    But I got discoloration in my images which I eventually determined to result from poor cable shielding. It was scary; flesh tones would turn orange or green before my very eyes; I thought it was my DVD player or worse, my TV.

    A few months ago I invested in two 3-m lengths from bettercables.com and lo, no more discoloration. But more to the point the image quality did improve, although I am not sure if it is night and day.[​IMG]
     
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    I'm sure someone will tell you that your cables were defective Albert. I honestly don't buy that theory as I've seen the differences they can make.
     
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    Look for Canare based cables.

    Monster, AR, Radio Shack - while all making good quality cables only promise "Component" video will work.

    Component video is a 1940's standard and has never been updated.

    The Canare (or Belden) stuff that you can get on EBay or the custom web sites IS designed for HD video applications.

    You also have to realize that Cables Dont/Do make a difference.

    Let me explain:

    Cables Dont usually make a difference on a 19"-30" Tube TV running ordinary component video.

    But a 65" HDTV with a 720 or 1080 HD source - they do make a difference in a system.

    To keep your cables in perspective: Budget 10% of the equipment cost for the wires. Spend no more than this.

    So if you have a $300 television, you should look to a $30 AR or Radio Shack cable. The high-end Monster ZC-300 cable set for $220 wont dramatically improve this system.

    If you have a $2500 HDTV and are using a HD source (Not just a progressive-scan DVD player), you can budget $250. But the custom-cable sites and EBay will run you about $60-$90 for good HD rated cables and connectors.
     
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    I just ordered from RHino, and I really like them...so far so good...and priced right!
     
  8. James_Barcus

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    Wow!! Cables are a hot topic!! Thanks for the replies and information.. I guess I just buy a set of cables, and compare? That sounds good to me.. I can always return a set of component cables. I do have a HDTV with HDTV service and as the days go by it's getting better and better!! Maybe with some different cables it could even get BETTER!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I swicthed from Monster Video 3 to BlueJeans Component Cable (Belden Coax 7710A). I am happy with the build quality and improved performance on my interlaced TV. There was no dramatic difference, but improvement was noticeable indeed. Their customer service is simply exemplary and the price is great, too. DVD Etc. gave their component cable a score of 99/100 (if I remember correctly; or it was the highest score amongst the cables they reviewed thus far) in the Sept. 2003 issue.

    BetterCables also have very good cables - I have their subwoofer cable and haven't tried their component video cable though. The reviews look good.

    Jigesh
     
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    I see your point. I actually had a full Monster setup, but am swapping everything out just on principle. I'm sure they're fine cables and have done a good job thus far, but I officially put Monster on my banned list of companies, and there cables gotta go.
     
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    Here's an update.. For the past few days my picture quality has gotten to be remarkable. Crisp, clear, and colorful. I still can't get my color set right because if I set it too low it's kinda bland, and if I go too high the red's and oranges glow. I can't find a happy medium!! Ah well atleast everything else is perfect!! So is what I heard true? That after a few days or weeks of use the picture get's better? My TV reacted almost like it was "warming up" and now is running like it's supposed too. Just a thought!!
     
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    I don't have the money to hire someone, so I'm going to purchase the new AVIA DVD.. and yes I did turn the brightness and contrast way way down when I got it.. I can't believe how high they set it!! JEESH. Either way, the picture is great, much more impressive than the last RPTV I had which was a Sony, can't remember model number. I've never been a fan of JVC but this one caught my eye for some reason. I also recently bought a JVC MiniDV camcorder which is also intense in quality! Just wish it had a light... Sorry.. rambling!
     
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    I suggest you all go read Chu Gai's thread "Let's talk about component cable" or something similar. Very interesting read, and from the other posts I read from Chu, I don't think he's blowing smoke up our rears.
     

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