S-Video?

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  1. Rich Corle

    Rich Corle Stunt Coordinator

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    I have an S-Video cord have jacks for it in the back of my TV player and DVD. What does this actually do? I hooked it up and played a DVD. No differences. On my remote the DVD button now points to S-Video. Please tell me what the hell S-Video is please. Thanks
     
  2. Nicholas A. Gallegos

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    S-Video is an improved video signal over a traditional composite (RCA jack) video connection. What it does is splits the "Y" (luminance; blacks and whites) and "C" (chrominance; colors) bands into two separate signals to give you a sharper picture.
    S-Video also eliminates picture artifacts, like dot crawl, flicker, and chroma noise. Always use S-Video (or component video if your equipment supports it) for the best picture.
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  3. JerryHatchett

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    If you still have your RCA video cable hooked up too (usually a yellow plug), unhook it to be sure that you're actually watching the S-Video signal. If you have the RCA cord still hooked up you might still be watching that signal. You want to use the S-Video input on your TV, which you'll probably have to select via your remote.
    Provided you have a decent quality S-Video cable, you should definitely see a difference. Pay particular attention to colors and edges.
    Jerry
     
  4. Bill Kane

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    Rich, welcome to the Forum, and while you're at it, take a deep breath, 'cause I'll bet you'll be having a lot more questions when your new JVC gear gets unpacked.
    I looked up the JVC system, and you're getting lots of features, dials, adjustments and what all on that 100-watt per channel amplifier. So that Christmas Morning feeling with new toys will last somewhat longer as you learn or get used to the features.
    For example, if you play CD music on the DVD player, the JVC will let you switch to 2-channel stereo, that is, using just the two main LEFT&RIGHT speakers.
    BTW, you did replace your old Apex DVD, right? (let's hope so) [​IMG]
    If you have temporarily connected your DVD by S-Video cable to the TV while waiting for the JVC delivery, you may want to consider looping the S-Video thru the new receiver when you set it up.
    Run the S-Video out of the DVD to the amplifier's DVD S-Video IN on the back of the receiver. Then you buy a second, probably longer, S-Video runing from the amp MONITOR OUT to the TV.
    This lets you use the component switching capability of the receiver by selecting the receiver control's DVD, TV, VCR, or CD, as well as FM Tuner, for these sources.
    For Audio, you can use either an optical cable or a coaxial cable from the DVD to the receiver. They both carry the digital signal equally, but optical is more fragile and doesn't tolerate any kinks.
    To get TV broadcast (and cable)sound over your new speakers, get a Radio Shack Gold audio cable (two RCA plugs on each end) connecting the,TV Audio OUT to the receiver. (You then will have to turn the TV speakers OFF with the TV remote).
    I hope this will start you out. It will take a few days, I'm sure, so get back to us for more help. (Like selecting a cable for your subwoofer, for example).
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  5. Rich Corle

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    Yes, I DO still have my Apex player, but it runs perfect on all of my DVD's excpet my Jurassic Park DVD. The probelm I had with Sleepy Hollow was easily fixed with some disc cleaning. Can you tell me why I should get rid of it, because at the moment it's doing fine. I've had it for a year too and I haven't had problems with playback for a LONG time. Also, hopefully my JVC HTIAB is good because I am 15 years old, have a 32 inch TV, DVD, computer all in my room. Needless to say, I'm ahead. That's not to say I didn't work and pay for mostly all I have. Also, I researched a lot before I bought that JVC system. It fit my price range and it had what I wanted. Besides the fact I had read lots of positive reviews on it. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. Rich Corle

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    Wow, i notice the difference now. It seems like a much sharper picture with more detail. Also, I noticed I am not witnessing any bleeding colors either. Thanks.
     
  7. Bill Kane

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    Rich, no one's twisting yer arm to dump the Apex. I know how $$$ has gotta stretch. If it plays smoothly, great!
    It's just that you can do a lot better if you decide to upgrade, as long as you are starting out with an all-new system.
    I looked atwww.costco.com and see the Panasonic RV-31 DVD for $179.95. I paid $300 for my Pan RV-30 in February at Good Guys!
    Anyway, about your subwoofer cable (it wud be surprising if one comes in the box). Plain old RG-6 is fine. At a custom stereo-tv shop they also may carry it in white and offwhite as well as the regular black. Figure out the length of run, say 15 feet, and have the store cut this length and splice one RCA connector at each end. (Some will use the F-connector first and then screw in an RCA adapter. No problem). This'll cost $7-9! A 20-foot Monster Subwoofer Cable cud sell for $30...ferget it...
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