s-video converter

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  1. Bill$D

    Bill$D Auditioning

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    I recently set up a ht with a Benq pb7200 projector. My receiver is from an Onkyo ht-s760 home theater in a box system. I have a 35 foot s-video cable running to the projector. I connect my dvd player to the onkyo with a combination rca and s-video cable. That works great. My problem is getting cable tv through. According to the onkyo manual if my video signal out is s-video my input video must also be s-video. My vcr does not have s-video out. I e-mailed onkyo and they suggested an s-video converter. I did some surfing to find more about s-video converters. I found anything from a $3 cable converter to a $130 monster s-video converter. I'm wondering what I need at this point. Another option may be to buy a vcr with s-video out if that is possible. Gateway sells a dvd recorder for about $300 that I assume has its own tuner. That may also be an option. If anyone can offer any advise on this subject I would appreciate it. Thanks---Bill
     
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    DaveGTP Cinematographer

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    But honestly, the BenQs are supposed to have good video PQ but not-so-great de-interlacers. Not too familiar with the 7200, though. Is you DVD player progressive?


    If not, perhaps you'd be better off finding a good progressive DVD player, running the connections via component cables straight to the projector, and leaving your receiver to handle composite video sources.

    Really, optimal PQ with FP (the bigger you get, the better you should try to make the connections) requires an projector with an excellent de-interlacer, or a good progressive DVD player hooked up via component cables.


    Otherwise, get the $3 s-video converter. Most receivers won't convert composite to s-video and vice versa. Don't shell out for the overpriced monster converter.

    Edit: I looked up your pj's specs. You should grab another composite video cable and hook it up from the output of your receiver to the pj. Just remember that you will have to change video sources on the pj to composite to use the VCR (and back again to use the DVD player). Otherwise you can use the s-video converter if you want to keep things simpler.

    Still, my suggestion of using a progressive DVD player stands.
     

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