DIY S-Video Cable

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  1. Aaron D

    Aaron D Stunt Coordinator

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    I know component is probably better, but until I replace my TV, I need a good replacement S-video cable. I have seen only one thread relating to this here . At the end, someone suggests using 2 RG6 cables and a wide-base connector (along with some good soldering technique).
    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. JerryD

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    If you are only doing a short run, then there is not much cost to save or performance to gain with a DIY S-video cable. If you need a cable of 25 feet or more doing an RG6 or RG59 based cable can deliver a much better signal. A real easy way to do it is to buy two VY6-1 S-video to BNC adapters from www.A2Zcables.com and then make up a pair of coax cables to go in between them using RG6 or RG59 and appropriate BNC connectors from www.partsexpress.com. I tried soldering RG59 directly to S-video connectors, but the coax is so stiff and heavy that the connectors wouldn't stay pluged into my DVD player or projector.
     
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    I agree with Jerry. The 4 pin mini din is probably the hardest connector you can make by hand. If you need to run an s-video signal more then 15-20 feet, use a breakout adapter at both ends of duel RG-59 cables. My custom installation company uses s-vid to BNC breakout adapters and Canare LV-61 RG-59 cable. The BNC end is better because by design it is a true 75-ohm connection. Most RCA ends are not.
     
  4. Aaron D

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    Thanks, guys!
    Due to my setup, I need a cable ~20 feet long, even though the TV is only 2 feet from my DVD player. But I want to replace my cable because I bought it 2 years ago when I didn't care so much about cables.
    With that in mind do you think it will make much difference?
    I do like the simplicity of the BNC idea, though, thanks! I think I'll try it.
     

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