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Component Video Leads

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by nrmsmith, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. nrmsmith

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    What do people round here use for component video leads?

    Is there anything special needed or will any quality 3-phono to 3-phono lead do the job?

    Thanks

    Nigel
     
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    I bought a £45.00 set, but I know you can pay A LOT more. Never tried using bog standard phonos, I'll have to give it a go and report back.
     
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    Component leads are normally three 75Ù (Video) leads
    Heres the list of what I tend to reccomend in price order (1mx3)
    Cable Talk Video3 X3 £35
    QED PCV1 £65
    QED SRCV1 £110
    The standard (Red cable) Ixos is good but the model and price for 1m evades me.
     
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    Thanks to all for these replies.

    I tried testing with a std 3 phono -> 3 phono lead just to see whether spending all that dosh would be worthwhile.

    Unfortunately, although the Pioneer DVD player (DV-565A) outputs progressive scan component video; the Philips 30PF9975 doesn't seem to like the signal - there is digital noise along the top of the screen, the picture is displayed down in the bottom right quadrant of the screen and it bounces up & down by a few millimetres whilst playing (!)

    So, I'm not sure whether it is because I used a non-official component video lead, or whether the Philips & Pioneer boxes are not compatible with each other?

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    Its a known problem with the 30" Philips LCD panel that it doesn`t accept a Progressive signal, Philips were supposed to be doing a update to the panel.
     
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    I thought it was just an 'interlaced" signal it wouldn't accept?

    Not a major problem, since the RGB scart looks impressive enough, but it would have been nice to get rid of a SCART lead.

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    Nigel,

    The only time you will need anything more than normal good quality 75ohm video cable is if you have an exceptionally long run or have problems with interference along a route used by other cables.
    I'll probably be shot down for this but quite honestly all these excotic cables are bread and butter for the HiFi shops.
    I've never known an edit suite use IXOS/QED etc etc....

    Going to go and hide now!

    Best regards David
     
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    The philips only accepts a progressive signal, which is fine with the DV565 while it outputs NTSC as this is progressive scan. But on PAL DVDs the Philips won't accept it.
    *** However ***
    Although it will reduce the quality a bit (How much I don't know)
    There is a way with this combo.
    Turn the DV565 off
    Hold Skip forward button on main unit
    Push on
    Display will show PAL, NTSC or AUTO
    repeat untill NTSC is displayed
    This will ask the DVD player to convert anything in PAL to NTSC (This is where the quality is lost) which allows the Philips to recognise it.
    The choices go round in a loop so you can't get stuck on a bad setting.

    I know it's a controversial point as to wether cables improve quality, but in theory there is a difference (Visable/Audible or not) as the better cables should have better signal transfer and less interferance, which means a cleaner signal is passed on.
     
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    bobbypunk

    Thanks for this useful information - I'll have a play.

    Nigel
     
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    Bobbypunk,

    I agree, that if you have an inferior signal in the first place, the lowest loss cables will help improve matters, but lets face the facts that we are sending good signals from expensive equipment usually over a distance of a few feet.........over 100metres and I would say you need the very best low loss you can get.
    One of the most important aspects of cables is the connection, do make sure the connection is tight, clean and not corroded by atmospheric conditions over the months, I have even seen so called gold plated phono plugs tarnish in some places! A good regime is to unplug and plug in again with a twisting motion to help make good contact every once in a while. With BNC's it is a little different, the centre spike needs to be inspected and cleaned with a fibre glass pencil if tarnished.
    As for the actual capacitance, impedence, loss and quality, over the short runs we are using the best 75ohm video cable will be as good as any odd coloured silvery shiney plasticky flat curly gold platinum QIXEDOS you can find...........

    Wow.....look at the bullits fly now! LOL


    best regards David
     

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