What component video cable do use or recommend?

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  1. John D S

    John D S Auditioning

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    I have the Marantz vp12s1 and soon will have the denon dvd 3800. I need about a 25' component video cable and not sure what to get. I have called numerous av dealers and get recommendations ranging from $1000.00 cables to no need to spend more than $200.00. Unfortunately there is no way to side by side compare cables. I don't want to skrimp on cable if it really will make a difference but also don't want to waste money if it's not necessary. Please help me decide on what brands of cable you would recommend and the cost. Thanks

    John
     
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    I use Canare component video cables.
    Do a search on E-bay for "Canare Component"
    There is alot of people selling them there for very reasonable prices. These cables will blow the pythons out of the water at 25' for not a whole lot more money.
    Kevin C. [​IMG]
     
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    John: in the "Tweeks/Connections" fourm is a lot of discussion of this same topic.
    The conclusion is that having a custom set of cables built using the coax & connectors that the broadcast industry uses is best you can get. There are various web sites that make these cables.
    The key is to look for cables made with Canare connectors and either Canare or Belden coax.
    You can get 6 foot cables that run from $50-$160 depending upon where you shop.
    Hit the "Tweeks/Connection" fourm and do a search.
    Good Luck.
     
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    Bob: Thank you, I will definitely do a search.
     
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    Canare cables and interconnects...got 'em from a guy at ebay.
     
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    There are many good brands around. Personally, I use Acoustic Research component, and s-video cables.
     
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    My local Wal-Mart has some Phillips component and optical cables. Will those ones work well?
     
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    Monster.
     
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    on a 38" tv, will i see a difference in PQ if i switch from Acoustic Research to Canare with a progressive dvd player?
     
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    I agree with Clint. My 5 meter from Rhino bested the SilverSerpant from BetterCables.

    I'm a big fan of BC's cables, but for my RP91 to Pio533, the cable from Rhino looks best.

    Eric
     
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    What will bad componet cables do to a video signal? I'm asking because I've hooked my Xbox to my Hitachi 43uwx10b via a HD pack using the VERY cheap component cables that came with the HD pack from microsoft. The cables are of the "came free with the equipment" quality. The picture I get from my Xbox is no where near what I'd expected. I have a lot of what looks like Edge Enhancement / Noise around moving figures and in High Detail action scenes. DVDs look fantastic on my set. I've calibrated the set using VE so I know the set itself is working fine.
     
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    David: You CAN buy the Monster HD cables for the XBox for about $35. And there is a guy on EBay selling Canare cables for the XBox as well.

    What is the difference:

    It's subtle.

    The cable will "slant" the signal. It will reduce the voltage of signals at ... 1 Mhz a bit. But it can reduce the 4 Mhz signals a lot more. This will result in colors being off a little.

    If the cable or connector is really cheap/poor quality, there can be reflections in the cable which will cause "ghosting" or even a shifting of the entire image.

    And if a cable is marginal for component video, it will be much worse for HD or progressive video.

    A cable built with tight quality controls and a well-made connector is NOT expensive. It's well worth checking around.

    While I usually stear people away from Monster AV cables, guess what I bought for my XBox? Monster. With a choice of the cheap ones in the AV Pack vs Monster, Monster wins hands down.
     

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