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  1. Nathan Cook

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    Is there a noticeable difference in video quality between rca, s video, and component cable connections?
     
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    Between composite (RCA) and S-vid, there is a noticable difference. Between S-vid and component, the difference is not the same, but there definitely is a difference. I noticed little or no improvement in image, but definitely improved color with component.
     
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    To add to the comments above: A lot depends on the source and the form in which it stores video information. Sources that store the color (chroma) and B&W (luminescence) separately -- notably DVD and S-VHS -- will benefit the most from S-video and component connections. Sources that store these separate elements in a combined form, such as LD or VHS, may show little or no benefit from S-video over composite (and component probably isn't even an option).

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    Home Theater magazine did a comparision of all 3 connections types from a DVD player to a "reference" 50" RPTV. They came to the following conclusions:

    Composite (single RCA cable): baseline
    SVideo: 20% better than Composite
    Component (3 RCA cables): 25% better than Composite

    They also noted that the difference was less for smaller sized displays, and greater for larger screens.

    On another note: one of our administrators here was using a SVideo connection for his bedroom 19" TV. For grins, he tried a Component video cable and was shocked at how much difference he saw. So he recommends Component cables even for smaller sized sets.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    But then throw in the cable box or sat reciever,Some people have noticed that due to the TV having a better comb filter than the cable, or sat box ,composite looks as good as s-video.I have tried it on mine and really cant tell any difference,[​IMG] I guess this theory may have some truth to it?
    opinions????
     
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    thanks all
     
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    Note that in each case, to really see the difference, particularly with component, you must RECALIBRATE. If you hook up two different cables with the same settings on the display, it will looks basically the same.
     

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