Need help with s-video.

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  1. Dennis Ellis

    Dennis Ellis Stunt Coordinator

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    I will be moving into a new house in the next few months and have a dilemma with my video. I need to run an s-video cable from my reciever to my tv. Looks like it will need to be 35 - 40 feet by my estimate.
    Now I know they sell cheap and expensive s-video cables. Someone (on another forum) suggested this as an alternative.

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    I can get my hands on plenty of cat5 so this seems to be a viable option.

    Anyone tried it or have any other suggestions?
     
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    Although I've not run s-video through cat 5, I have run composite, without any problem (A 1000 foot spool did have some degradation, but not much, and that was probably due more to the distance loss). S-video should be better.
    Cat 5 supports at least 100mhz bandwidth, which should be plendy for an s-video connection. (If my memory serves)

    If you could return the Baluns, I would definenitly give it a try, and even if not, $62 is not a lot to lose, and you could sell them on e-bay or something.
     
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    The custom cable sites will build you a 40 foot SVideo cable for about $60.

    While Cat5 does have 100 Mhz bandwidth - this spec is for a DIGITAL signal. This is a different spec than for analog.
     
  4. Dennis Ellis

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    Thanks everyone. I guess to make things easier I will just go with a regular s-video cable.
    With that said, I have another possible issue.
    Choice #1. I will need two wall plates. Drill a hole in each one so I can feed the one sole s-video cable (40 ft.) from the receiver to the TV. Then I will have to find something to make the larger hole around the cable more aesthetically pleasing. (fiancé)
    Choice #2. I will need two wall plates with 2 s-video couplers and 3 s-video cables (4 ft., 30 ft., 4 ft.). One cable from receiver to wall plate/coupler. One cable from other side of plate/coupler to another coupler/plate. Then a final cable from outside of wall plate/coupler to the TV.

    Will the added cables/coupler in choice #2 cause any video degradation?
    I'm really not trying to make this difficult I just want to be prepared when I go to wire this. I will only have a short window of time.
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    I'm afraid you will NOT find connectors for SVideo that go through wall plates. (at least not any that I would recommend.

    Run the wire as a un-broken cable. Buy a blank wall-plate cover and drill a hole for the cable. Use a sharp knife to cut a slit to a nearby edge and bend the plate to make an opening for the cable to fit through. The slit should not be very visible when it is attached to the walls.
     

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