video connection conversion question

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Ted Lee, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    i just bought the yamaha 5590 receiver.

    however, when i tried playing around with the monitor outputs, i ran into some issues. bottom line is i can't seem to get my video mon-out working.

    it seems like i have to stay consistent in my video connections for the mon-out to work. if i use composite connections for my gear, then the composite mon-out works -- but the s-vid mon-out doesn't. if i switch all my gear to the s-video connection, then the s-vid mon-out works. [​IMG]

    the website even statesnow, admittedly i haven't played with it a whole lot yet, but i thought i'd ask. i'll probably also follow-up with an email to yamaha.

    thx,

    ted
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Hi Ted.

    Yes, most recievers dont convert from one video type to another.

    I strongly suggest you standardize on SVideo for all inputs and for the monitor out.

    A receiver that converts SVideo to Composite is actually down-converting the signal. You dont want to do this if your television takes SVideo.

    "Home Theater" magazine compared all 3 video connection types on a "Reference" 50" RPTV and concluded:
    • Composite - baseline quality
    • SVideo - 20% improvement over Composite
    • Component - 25% improvement over composite

    From a good source, SVideo will give you a better picture.

    If you have 1 old device that only outputs composite, there is a cheap $20 Composite-to-SVideo converter you can get at Radio Shack.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    oh...thanks bob!

    i just realized i read the yamaha website wrong. i was thinking s-video to component ... not composite.

    heh...i guess sometimes it just takes a fresh perspective.

    so...most receivers do not convert video connections ... that's good to know!

    thx again!
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    SVideo to Component - is a much easier conversion than Composite to SVideo. If your receiever will do this, go ahead and let it.
     

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