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Connecting lots of sources

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by spanx, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. spanx

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    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum, and as a prospective buyer of some new equipment have a couple of questions.


    The new setup will be primarily for films and video games, but needs to be usable day to day for the wife (she won't like buggering about with projectors/screens, etc). I'm interested in getting a decent plasma screen with a receiver and speakers.

    I have the following to plug in though:

    - Panasonic Q Gamecube
    - Japanese Gamecube
    - UK Xbox
    - UK PS2
    - SNES
    - Nintendo 64
    - Dreamcast
    - ntl box
    - VCR

    A lot of sources - what is the best way of getting all of these running on one setup? Most of these sources will be outputting RGB/Component signals, with a couple using composite or S-Video.

    Basically, any game-heads out there who've solved similar problems.

    Many thanks in advance,
    spanx
     
  2. Kramer

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    Hi spanx & welcome :)

    Assuming your plasma will accept component, one possible option (& possibly the best IMO) is to get a Denon 3803 receiver.

    Aswell as being a brill piece of kit, it "upscales" all video sources & outputs as the highest possible quality connection - component.

    Therefore only one connection needed between receiver & plasma (component) with everything feeding into the 3803 which will perform the switching.

    Sorted :clap:
     
  3. Reiner

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    Upscaling does not improve the picture quality, so if the source is alread poor (say composite) and it will be upscaled to component it won't make much difference.
    The best bet would probably be some external device, a scaler perhaps, which can handle all different types of video signals and then "groom" them into a common signal (most likely (progressive) component) connected to the plasma.
     
  4. mjn

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    the guy still needs 9 video inputs!!
     
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    Without having done any research I believe this is only a question of money and not so much a technical problem ...
     
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    - Panasonic Q Gamecube - Component into receiver (or scaler)
    - Japanese Gamecube - Component into receiver (or scaler)
    - UK Xbox (is it chipped? If so use Component into receiver (or scaler) for progressive scan
    - UK PS2 - RGB. Only has 2 prog. scan games...
    - SNES - composite
    - Nintendo 64 - S-video
    - Dreamcast - RGB (buy a RGB switchbox - the £10 Argos is fine with consoles IMO)
    - ntl box - RGB (switchbox)
    - VCR - S-video

    That's how I'd do it anyway
     
  7. spanx

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    Thanks guys,

    The 3803 was actually pretty high on my list of prospective amps, so that's good news.

    So, basically, if I get the Argos RGB SCART switchbox, I can pretty much plug everything in, either via SCART direct to the screen, or component/composite/S-Video in to the amp?
     

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