More on S-Video & Component Cables

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Phil Wyeth, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. Phil Wyeth

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    I read somewhere that S-Video is the same or virutally the same as component hook-ups. Is this true? Anyone., thanks.
     
  2. Marc Rochkind

    Marc Rochkind Second Unit

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    No, S-video is not the same as component. The former separates luminance (brightness) from chrominance (color), but the latter further separates chrominance into blue and red components.
     
  3. Bob McElfresh

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    Home Theater Magazine did a comparison of the 3 video connections and came up with the following results:
    Composite (single RCA cable): baseline
    SVideo (funny keyboard connector): 20% better than Composite
    Component (3 RCA cables): 25% better than Composite
    They noted that the results were obtained using a "reference" 50" RPTV. A smaller TV shows LESS difference, while a larger TV shows MORE.
    While people have run SVideo 30-60 feet - this is a long run for 2 30-gauge wires inside the cable. The 3 wires for a Component video cable set are typically 18 ga and are better separated. So Component tends to be better for long runs.
    And HDTV - the only way to send Progressive or HT signals is with a Component video cable set.
    The prices on component cables ARE a bit shocking. But the smart people (all of us on HTFourm [​IMG] ) know to go to the custom internet sites and order cables made with the same stuff used in the Broadcast & Production Studio industries.
    For about $75 you can get a good 6 foot cable set that rivals the $280 Monster Video 3 cable sets sold in the stores.
    So if you have a choice (or have a HDTV that is going to do funny things to the video signal), you really should go for a Component hookup.
    Some sites to check for cables are:
    www.bettercables.com
    www.wickedcables.com
    www.catcables.com
    www.ebay.com (search for "Canare")
    Good Luck
     
  4. Phil Wyeth

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    WOW!

    Amazing help, thanks guys
     

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