- Apr 14, 2002
I want to split the S-Video feed coming out of my digital cable box. Thank you.
Maybe Roberto was looking for an actually splitter like a Y connection rather than a switcher. The answer is yes. Would someone comment on it if you've purchased one? Price, quality of splitted signal?Thanks for the replies. I was thinking more along the lines of a switcher. As long as I have you here: is there a reason, theoretically at least, why using the S-Video connection coming out of the cable box would be preferable to a composite connection? I ask because I have a 2 month old Toshiba HDTV-ready RPTV with a 3D comb filter. I'm wondering if this makes a difference.
I know why I want a switcher/splitter because I want to run one line to my SVHS and another to the TV. Why, may I ask, you want to use a switcher?Since you asked The cable box, a Scientific Atlanta 2200, has both an S-video and coax digital audio out. The digital out allows me to get DD 5.1 on HBO. Encore and STARZ. If I run the coax to my receiver and my s-video through my TIVO -- yes, that's the conundrum -- and then to the receiver, the audio and video will be out of sync. So, I have several choices:
One, do nothing. Two, run the s-video and coax straight from the cable box to the receiver, and run the box's composite video and analog audio to the Tivo and then to the receiver. The result is that I can watch every channel above 100 in s-video and digital sound, including 5.1 on some movies. Channels below 100 will be limited to composite and analog. The later sound option is fine, since these channels are not transmitted with digital sound, anyway.
The downside is that I won't be able to view Tivo's channel guide when using s-video because there's no s-video connection to the TIVO. No big deal there. I can get over my compulsion to constantly check the program guide when I know that listings didn't change in the last five minutes:b
THe real "issue" is watching "Enterprise" "Smallville" and "Blue Planet" using composite if s-video is supposed to be better. Hence, my inquiry. On the scale of human problems it's .000234 out of a possible billion, I know. But being an A/V guy means being obsessive, no?