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Component Video Cables

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Simcom, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. Simcom

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    I'd be interested in any replies to this :lease:
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    the panny PD30 & PD50 both favour component cables over RGB Scart - the other advantage with component is the ability to use progressive scan sources (namely DVD players that support this) which further improves picture quality - generally makes the picture sharper and reduces flicker.

    As with everything, you do get what you pay for but you can also get bargains. I think that QED make some very reasonably priced/ high performance cables I would recommend :

    http://www.hificables.co.uk/Product...D/2384/v/dad42f32-34ef-4af7-9959-314f46ca7507

    There is a chap on these forums who actually makes cables to order and most claim that they cannot be beaten. If you look in the powerbuy sections you will find his adverts.
     
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    shame they don't do them in shorter lengths - need something about .5m lengths

    Simcom - i'd be interested to know what they are like quality wise and wether the phono connectors can be removed or are molded on.

    cheers
    Gary
     
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    Very impressed.
    Cable arrived the day after ordering and is of very good quality.
    In answer to the above question the connectors are molded on.
    Definate improvement in picture over scart and my scart is a quality IXOS lead.
    The picture is sharper and colours richer.
    Mind you the Panny PD50 is supposed to favour Component over Scart so this could be the reason for the improvement.
    Did find I had to increase the contrast setting to equal that of the scart feed. Not sure if that is a common finding with Component cables.
    Overall I'm very pleased as it appears to be very good value for money.
    Of course I suppose I'll always be wondering if an expensive lead would perform even better.
    If anyone else buys one please post your thoughts.
     
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    nealgs

    With wire cutters any RCA plug is removable - maybe not re-usable :)

    We often use/supply VanDamme 0.5m cables - as will Mark Grant (Power Buy section).

    Best regards

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    Hello Simcom,

    I bought two of these a while ago for research purposes ;)

    The Connectors are a cheap copy of a Canare connector, looks very much like canare unless you have seen the real thing !

    The crimp sleeves are 'punched' with what looks like a centre punch rather than crimped as with a high quality connector.
    I fairly easily pulled a 'crimped look a like' connector off the cable.
    Not possible with real crimped comnectors.

    The Cable is a cheap 'look a like' copy of a Canare 3 core cable, the foam dielectric is not even perfectly round on one of the cables I have, its oval.

    The copper core is dull, should be shiny when you strip the foam off.

    Not bad at all for the price though, will improve over scart for many people, but you can get a lot better, its cheap for a reason !

    If any one has spent thousands on a plasma, I suggest spending a bit more on a quality well built component cable.
    VanDamme, Belden, Canare and many of the retail marketing brand names will be better for sure.


    I dont like making negative comments about stuff sold by forum sponsors, but my idea of 'Top quality' is maybe a bit different to the marketing men of various websites.


    Mark. ( My website is very nearly ready now -with genuine top quality products)
     
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    Thanks for your reply Mark.
    I was a bit skint this month so £16 inc. P&P seemed a good deal. :suicide:
    I always suspected you get what you pay for but they seem quite reasonable for the money. I certainly can't fault the picture but then again I have nothing to compare it against.
    Any chance of a free sample of your cable? ;) ;)
    Only joking.
    Does dull copper mean poor quality then or has it just been exposed to the elements?
    How would an oval foam dielectric effect things?
     

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