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How much improvement to be gained from better VGA cable?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by zAndy1, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. zAndy1

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    Is it worth changing my bog standard VGA cable I'm using from my RGB -> VGA convertor for a better one (eg Van Damme or Lindy?). I'm a bit disappointed with the quality of Sky via the RGB -> VGA convertor, looks a bit soft to me, wondering if a better cable would sort it out, any experiences people would care to share? I'm a bit dubious about just how much improvement I'll see that's all and don't wanna spend £60 for nothing!

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    i did notice a improvement in sharpness and colour bleed going from a bog stantard to a vandamme blue £47 for 3m at www.rgbtosvideo.com

    the best improvement a made was getting a new power lead colors looked more vibrent, and i am hoping to get one for my ntl box see if that does any thing too?

    i bought a yelo from russ andrews

    and remember to use a good scart lead to

    there was someone selling a vandamme red on the board yesterday
     
  3. dalbaht

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    is that a new power lead for your plasma screen or convertor box?
     
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    is that the power lead for the plasma jmack? where didi you get yours from
     
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    yes for the plasma i got it from http://www.russandrews.com/home.html

    might try and get one with a figure 8 end for the ntl box too
    you get a 30 day trial or your money back so you can test it out
    i bought a 3m one i think it was about £40.00
     
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    i have used them on my hifi and noticed significant improvement, although i have only used the cheap ones, i draw the line at spending close on £1,000 for a mains cable even if it is made from silver!
     
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    its just a rip off anyway - better to get some sort of filter at the consumer unit instead surely!!!
     
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    Good idea, have you seen anything like that anywhere? I'm just replacing my consumer unit, and providing a seperate ring main for my HC room, I would like some sort of filter on it.

    :)
     
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    re: MAINS

    Have a look at the RussAndrews site. You can download a pdf called The Power and the Glory which takes you through some principals of cleaning up your ps. It does include a section on dedicated ring mains etc. Also have a read on the PSAudio site. You can spend a lot of money there too :suicide:

    I've started to try some of the techniques and whilst not vast improvements, they definitely do something....just try taking them out to see the change

    Rgds

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    Better VGA cable can indeed improve picture quality but here is a little tip. Try REMOVING the choacks from the lead. I have found that this little bliters while somtimes reducing interference, often introduce a higher degree of solerisation and graininess to the picture. I can't tell you why, just that it does.

    As to mans cable, the best way to improve things here is to invest in a high power ups. This filters the incoming supply and outputs a more stable signal. The added benefit is that it protects the equipment from brown outs. I use a 5000kva unit to filter and smooth the entire HC ring main.

    As far as the mains lead is concerned I have never seen any differnce between cables (even on CRT with very high resolution output).

    I, like many have in the past fallen for the snake oil vendors of "high quality" cable. I have come to believe that in the vast majority of cases I simply saw an inprovement that was based on the reduced size of my bank balance.

    Phil
     
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    I went from a Maplin to a Lindy VGA and noticed vast improvement in colour, ghosting and general noise. Also recently upgraded from Cambridge audio scart to QED RGB scart and noticed much less improvement but still a slight improvement.

    Definately recommend VGA upgrade if you're using pap like I was! 2m Lindy SVGA under £20 at www.lindy.com/uk
     

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