Two Component Video cable Questions

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  1. DaleI

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    1) Since I'm about to spend a few thousand dollars on a RPTV it doesn't make sense to NOT buy the best component video cable available--if there is such a thing. I've searched the threads and discovered many
    good options.

    I'm still left with the overriding question: is there
    such a thing as a high end component cable--price ISN'T a
    factor--only what will give someone the top of the line
    picture quality--or is it all subjective? I don't care if that cable costs $25 or $200.

    I'll be using my RPTV for dvds (XP30 player)
    and Comcast digital cable/Comcast HDTV.



    2) Those with Comcast digital cable/HDTV: Does one connect
    from the set-top box directly to TV or to the receiver (I will be going from dvd player directly to TV with a component cable)? Will it take a component cable or a HDTV cable?
     
  2. JimPeitersen

    JimPeitersen Second Unit

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    Dale,
    PM me and I will get you in touch with someone who can make you some outstanding custom cables for a reasonable price.
    JP
     
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  4. DaleI

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    I should add that I'll need about a 12-15 foot cable to go from dvd player to RPTV set.



    As for my question #2....???
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    Dale: If I were you and wanted THE BEST possible cable without being ripped off, I'd order cable sets from www.bettercables.com . They used to sell the great Canare/Belden cables the other guys sell, but they discovered a silver-coated coax that gives even better performance. People with 100" projector systems (very sensitive) swear by them. The cables start at about $90 so it's not outragious.

    Note: Bettercables is both a sponser and a member of HTF so they do a great job of keeping fellow HTF members happy.

     
  6. DaleI

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    Thanks for the reply; I'm proably going to get a Pioneer Elite if I can get the right price---530HD.

     
  7. TimTurtino

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    The cables the tech brought me weren't bad, but they certainly weren't top-notch. Actually, I've seen them on-line somewhere, but can't for the life of me remember where (I've been at a lot of sites in the past 24 hours...). I do remember that they weren't terribly expensive.

    Anyway, they're 12 ft long, gold plated connectors, white cable, the video connectors are white and the audio charcoal gray, and the reds are that weird red that looks kind of orange. The actual cable feels very much like decent quality RG59 (x5). I'm going to try them and replace them if I feel the need (I got the box before I got the TV)...

    Of course, Comcast may use different cable suppliers in different areas. YMMV,

    Me
     
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    If you want to get into the technical stuff the Imaging Science Foundation has specified the Belden 8281B as their reference cable for HDTV. It has a solid bare copper conductor, semi-foam PE dielectric and tinned copper braid. The IFS states that for HDTV the cable must be within 1.5 ohms of the 75 ohm spec. If you're using the 8281B you're going to be happy. If you're using another cable go to the companies website and get the specs. If they are within these numbers you'll be ok. I have found other manufacturers whose specs meet and/or exceed the IFS reference.
     

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