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Composite v Component

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Ian Vinten, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Ian Vinten

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    We're about to get a Plasma here at work (thanks all at AV-Sales :smashin: ) and we're getting our usual guy to come and fit it.

    Now, I want to get it hooked up with component as we have a progressive DVD player and a beta machine on the way but our guy thinks that composite is the way to go as apparently we 'won't notice much difference if he uses good quality leads'.

    I thought composite wouldn't even get close to component no matter how good the connectors are... Has anyone ever seen a composite connection that's any good?
     
  2. Nic Rhodes

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    he is talking garbage, throw him out. Use component
     
  3. Ian J

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    Ask him to bring both so that he can demonstrate the superiority of composite to you. :thumbsdow

    Assuming that you have Sky at home, try switching the output of the Sky Box between composite and RGB to see the difference - use the little score box in the corner of a football or cricket match as a test.
     
  4. Ian Vinten

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    Can composite do a true RGB signal?
     
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    No, all composite can manage is a crap signal. the reason that i suggetsed the RGB test is because RGB is the Uk equivalent of component and of broadly similar quality.
     
  6. Ian Vinten

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    I've suggested that we do a side by side component vs composite test.

    I'll let you all know how it goes ;)
     
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    There is no way that composite will give you a better picture than component. You will get dot crawl, cross colour interfernce, and a softer picture using composite, especially on a plasma. Componenet will give alround better results, with RGB and then Svideo all being better than standard compsite.



     
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    Play the opening sequence of Star Trek Insurrection. The hay the kid jumps out of will be covered in crawling artefacts with composite along with splatters of ranbow colours)...then in the top left corner, after the pan over the bridge you'll see what appears to be one of those wooden bars that horses get tied to in westerns. It'll basically be a rainbow colour......

    Then play it back from component and look in wonder as you now see hay that looks like hay (presuming your plasma does film detection, if it doesn't you'll get some jaggies but NOTHING like as bad as with composite).

    If you really want to mess with his head get DVE and look at Title12 Chapter8. If you can;t see difference with that test pattern then he needs to see a psychiatrist, not an optician,

    Gordon
     
  9. Ian Vinten

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    Cheers for the replies.

    Erm, what's DVE?
     
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    Digital Video Essentials. It's a calibration DVD disk you can get to help setting up the picture on your plasma to get the best from it. You can get them from variosu places, including AxelMusic. Check them out here

    There are various threads about them in the plasma/projector forums.

    Thanks

    Andy
     

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