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Cable Connection Q for Squirrel - or anyone else

Discussion in 'TVs' started by rashomon, May 20, 2002.

  1. rashomon

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    Hi Squirrel (or anybody else for that matter),

    Just a dumb Q you may be able to help me with.

    I have purchased a IXOS 126 AV Scart -> Scart cable ... ready to use with my JVC AV28R25.

    However, reading your posts re: S-Video providing better picture quality on this particular tv, I'ld like to get a S-Video cable to compare against - what would you recommend -

    Option 1. S-Video -> S-Video cable

    or

    Option 2. Scart - > S-Video

    If Option 2, does it matter whether the scart goes in the TV or the DVD ?

    Sorry for being a total thickie on this subject ...

    Thanks in advance

    Rashomon
     
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    Some sets vary with RGB but usually a decent scart cable connected between dvd and tv with both set to RGB should yield the best image for scart capable tvs - that is those without component as an option.
    A QED Sqart AV41 RGB only (picture only) one and a seperate digital cable (or phonos) to your amp, if you have one, possibly. Though Ixos are pretty good.
    S-video may appear brighter but with RGB you should get better colour seperation/depth and clarity etc.
    Try setting your dvd -> tv with both set for RGB - if you aint already - with the Ixos and see what you think first. No point in buying untold cables.
     
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    Sorry Rashomon, I missed this one when you posted it - just found it now by accident.

    I would recommend using the Scart to Scart S-Video option (just turn on the S-Video for EXT2 or 3 in the TV menu). You do not need to use the S-Video connector that is behind the right speaker in order to use S-Video, it is also available using your existing scart cable (just dont put it into EXT1 because that is RGB only).
     
  4. rashomon

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    Thanks Squirrel,

    I did try to do this earlier today - but the manual is not that clear on setting up the EXT to use S-Video as input - I'll try again tonight.

    I guess in that case, that a Scart -> Scart is as good as a S-Video -> S- Video or a Scart -> S-Video cable.

    Cheers,

    Rashomon
     
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    Yes of course it is - the shape of the plugs on the end make no difference - it's the quality of the cable you are using (in this case, you are using a great cable :)).

    The manual is indeed CRAP with regards to explaining the scarts - but I worked it all out after fiddling a bit so if you have any questions let me know and I'll post what I can remember. Basically though, just read all the onscreen icons throughout - you need to highlight the EXT that you want and then hit the S-Video button (it's one of the coloured keys, it shows you onscreen). Note that this prompt won't be displayed for EXT1 because it's not S-Video capable.

    Let me know what you think once you've had a chance to compare the two :)
     
  6. rashomon

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    Thanks Squirrel,

    I popped out to Currys at lunch and worked out how to set the S-Video up on their display model - it's a doddle!

    My earlier 'S-Video' test was a duff in that case - I guess it was a crappy Composite signal that I was viewing!.
    I shall try again tonight to see if there is any significant improvement.

    Thanks again - you've been very helpful.

    Rashomon.
     
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    No worries :D

    When the engineer came round to look at my set, I had composite and RGB running at the same time as I had a spare composite cable (3 RCA) and my DVD player will output both at the same time. It's enough to see the difference in brightness/contrast from RGB.

    The engineer actually told me that lots of people had complained about the dark RGB picture on this model and he advised me to use composite instead!!! :eek: I told him to get stuffed as you might expect!! :mad:
     

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