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Composite>Composite or SVid>converted Composite cabling. Which is better?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by LJ·202, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. LJ·202

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    Hi,

    I' will soon be adding a DTV HTPC to my current AV system and am looking to maximise PQ (naturally!). My setup is as follows:

    BBK AB907KB DVD player - Component, S-Video, Composite outputs
    SD DVT HTPC with Radeon 9x00Pro - S-Video, Composite outputs
    Pioneer VSX-D511 receiver - S-Video, Composite inputs/outputs
    Teac CT-M805SR 80cm TV - Composite, RGB SCART inputs

    I'd prefer to keep the video signal seperated however since consumer level S-Video to RGB converters are non-existant and my receiver only switches video, my connectivity options are S-Video and Composite only. My question is: Can all composite cabling, using HQ leads provide an equal (or better?) PQ as opposed to running S-Video through the receiver and converting it to Composite just prior to the TV?

    TIA for any comment, suggestions, help, etc :thumbsup:

    Cheers,

    Tim
     
  2. MarkE19

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    Hi LJ·202 and welcome to the forum!

    I would think that you would get no PQ advantage with S-Video if then going through a converter to downgrade the signal to component.
    Saying that though I would be very surprised if your TV does not accept S-Video via at least one of the scart sockets. To find out for sure you need to :rtfm:

    Mark.
     
  3. LJ·202

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    Thanks for your reply Mark. I suspected as much in regards to converting S-Video to Composite. I had already thouroughly read the manual and indeed confimed with TEAC themselves that our TV definitely does not accept S-Video. I has only two AV inputs, being 1xfront Composite, 1xrear SCART accepting Composite and RGB only.

    Looks like I'll be investing in some high quality composite cabling.

    Cheers.
     
  4. hornydragon

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    Never heard of a TEAC TV where are you? See Sweet spot as they DO RGB capture cards also try HTPC forum for more info
     
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    Haven't heard of Teac? They're a billion dollar Japanese electronics company.

    How will a RBG capture card help me?

    Will look in the HTPC forum. Thanks.
     
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    I don't think you will be happy with composite cabling. S-Video is superior, RGB usually the best (though the difference to S-Video is not that great as from composite to S-Video).

    Knew of TEAC before but I thought they had gone broke!? Nevermind, your best bet will probably be a converter from composite and/or S-Video to RGB.
     
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    I have heard OF TEAC, but not them making a TV only seperates and HiFi's. Sweet spot will allow you to capture TV at highest level and then output it via a top quality graphics card that either out pus component YUV or YPbPR or RGB hence keeping quality top notch.
     

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