I have a DAVS550 (Multi Regioned) and have been using it for about 10 months using a relatively cheap SVHS cable, plus an SVHS-to-SCART adapter (one of the wee boxes with SVHS and phono's on it). I was quite happy with it until a friend commented on a vertical band of 'reduced contrast' on the screen when playing DVDs (ie a band of about 3 inches of screen area darker than the rest). I immediately went out an purchased a vivanco gold SVHS-to-SCART cable, with all the gold and copper trimmings. This improved the picture quality immensely. However, this weekend I attempted to play a Region 1 disk - and the picture was corrupted - it was as if the TV (Sony Wega KV32FX60) cold not lock onto the NTSC signal - colour for half a second, then black and white then colour etc. I re-installed the original 'cheap, poor quality' SVHS and scart convertor cobination and viola, beautiful NTSC colour pictures. Can anyone help me understand why my supposedly high quality cable does not perform correctly for NTSC signals when my cheapo (From ebay) SVHS cable and converter work ?