S-video or Component Video

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  1. LesterLiu

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    is there a difference between what video output I use? I have a comcast digital cable box and it has component video and a s-video output. is one better then the other?
     
  2. Joe Tilley

    Joe Tilley Supporting Actor

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    Definitely use the component video whenever you can.I don't remember all the details behind it but the component out will give you more resolution & better black level retention.
     
  3. Bill Kane

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    ...may I butt in?

    Cable tv set-top boxes will come with video COMPOSITE -- a single RCA plug cable often yellow-tipped.

    COMPONENT, the phrase used mistakenly here, is a 3-wire version and in typical DVD player use gives your best picture quality.

    Now, back to the main question.

    The new TV STBs also can come with S-Video as well as composite. S-Video usually is superior in pic. quality than composite, so use this first.
     
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    Bill, you're right, it's composite video. whoops! gotta start learning the lingo! Thanks for the advice, I'll use the s-video output.
     
  5. John Royster

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    Try both and see, s-vid might not offer a better picture in this particular case.

    Strange because s-vid is a far superior means to send video to a display. FAR SUPERIOR.

    But in my case with my cable box the dot-crawl from using the box's s-video is too much to handle. I use composite or the TVs tuner (65" HDTV)

    Tell us what you think!
     

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