RCA Y-Splitter for Component Video

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  1. Bennett J

    Bennett J Auditioning

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    Apologies if this has been dealt with before, but I wasn't able to find anything. I'm looking to split a component video signal which might include 1080i signals. I know that RCA cable typically isn't the recommended method, but would 3 high grade Y cables do the trick?

    I've looked at the Inday signal splitter, but I'm looking for something a wee bit cheaper if possible. Thanks in advance.

    -Jonathan
     
  2. Lee Bailey

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    Your problem would be maintaining the 75 ohm impedance. When you use a Y-connector, with no impedance matching transformer in it, your load will appear to be 37.5ohms impedance from the output device's view. This will probably cause you some problems.

    As for RCA cables, what other connection type do you have? RCA cables are what are normally used for component cable connections.
     
  3. Bennett J

    Bennett J Auditioning

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    Sorry I should have been more clear. I realize that component cables were essentially high-grade RCA connections. I was just wondering if a RCA Y splitter not designed for component video would do the trick.

    But I think you've answered the question. Impedance would be a problem. Looks like I'll have to use the Inday box (or similar solution). Thanks.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    Yep. Lee is dead on.

    It may not work with ordinary component video (up to 4 Mhz) but when you try and send Progressive (13 Mhz) or 1080 video (35 Mhz) the problems will be worse.

    Look into distribution amps/splitters. www.markertek.com might be another place.
     

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