Use S Video Cable for 30 foot run ?

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  1. lpodoll

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    My computer is approximately 30 feet from my television. I would like to run s video from a break out box that is connected to my video card to use my television as a monitor. I have a 35" Toshiba with S-video inputs. For a 30 - 40 foot run, would you recommend using a single s-video cable or are there better alternatives for signal strength? Someone mentioned in another post that you may be able to combine two coaxial cables to form a single s video cable?

    I will also be running audio out of my sound card. I have a single male to dual male rca cable that I was planning on connecting to a 20 foot female to male RCA cable to finish the run. Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Any opinion whether 30 feet is too long of a run for a standard s video cable? That $90 x 2 is a bit out of my range.

    Thanks,

    Lee
     
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    It depends on what you mean by "standard s-video cable." SmartHome also has some cheap S-video cable. You can get 50 feet for $21.95 here. You can get 50 feet of Monster cable for $152 here. Or you can get 12 meters of Silver Serpent BetterCables here for $160. I imagine using shielded RG-6 coax cable and those adapters would be about equal to the $150 Monster cable if not better.
    For a 30 foot run I wouldn't trust the $20 cable. What kind of cable (and at what price) did you have in mind?
     
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    I have a run of 28 feet from my audio rack to my RPTV. I would recommend one of the heavier S-Video cables. I paid $150.00 but you could probably pay a little less and still receive an excellent picture.[​IMG]
     
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    Like the smarthome product ... but $90 ouch.

    I've got a 50 foot run of the cheaper stuff. Around $30.

    I only use if for digital cable (non HDTV) and S-VHS.

    I don't use the above much at all. Two runs of Component for HDTV and DVD.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I am going to go the inexpensive route to start and then will consider those adapters. I appreciate the feedback.
     

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