RGB or S-VIDEO - Who favours which for video gaming?

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  1. EmissarY

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    Hi gang,

    I am at an crossroads deciding whether or no to adopt RGB or S-VIDEO for my PS2 & GameCube. I have a Pioneer VSX 709 RDS reveiver and s-video switching would seem the obvious method of connecting my seperates, BUT what do I lose by not having RGB?

    Some opinions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanx,

    Neil.

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  2. Doubledoom

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    The PS2 only does composite, component or RGB. S-video is not an option.

    Because you have an amp, there no need to connect the video up to it.
     
  3. slingshot

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    It would appear that someone forgot to tell my PS2 that, cause it's quite happily working with my projector on S-Video. You have to buy another cable to do this but it definatley works.
     
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    Think you have this the wrong way round. PS2 works fine with S-Video. PAL Gamecubes do not.
     
  5. fuzzybee

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    Doubledoom

    Indeed you are very wrong I do not own one now but when I did my ps2 WAS connected to my amp via s-video.
    It is also true that the pal GC does not output a s-video signal but the US and Jap GC's do?

    When I had a ps2 I did buy a RGB scart and s-video at the same time and compare the quality.
    I found the RGB scart to have better colour defenition but the s-video cable gave a sharper picture with better edge defenition.
    My recomendation to you would be s-video for your ps2.

    For your GC your choice is limited the composite scart you get in the box will obviously connect to your amp but the quality is far from aceptable.
    This leaves RGB scart which is superb but make sure you buy the official Nintendo cable as all the 3rd party RGB scarts only give a composite picture.(for the moment atleast)

    However there is another option?

    I am not sure if your amp has component inputs but if it does this is the way to go.(I am going to state the obvious but your tv or projector must have a component input on the back)

    My GC and Xbox are connected to my amp then to my tv via component and the picture quality is gobsmacking.
    You get a interlaced component picture which is slightly superior to both the above.

    These are findings I have found with extensive testing on my own setup and may differ on other peoples systems

    Happy Gaming
     
  6. EmissarY

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    Thanx fuzzybee,

    I think I will stick to s-video for both machines. Contrary to popular belief, the GameCube can support s-video - IF - it is an import, which mine is, sorry if I did not specify this earlier.

    By the way if you are using s-video for ps2, do you have to go into the ps2 setup menu and change from RGB to Yc/Gr etc etc?

    Thanx.

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    You are correct. I must read what i type before pressing reply.!!
     
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    EmissarY, you can get an official Sony AV adapter for about 15 quid from WH Smith or MVC. It's a little black box which connects between your PS2 & Scart / composite lead, and it has s-video and audio out sockets on it. I use one and there doesn't seem to be any degrading of the picture quality (the only downer being that you have to use your own s-video cable to plug into the telly)
     
  9. Duncan Harvey

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    I use component for the ps2, RGB for the GC and RGB for the DC.

    Dont use the ps2 for DVDs so component is the best.
     
  10. fuzzybee

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    Duncan

    I am not sure what you mean when you say you do not use your ps2 for dvd's so component is best?

    This sound like you are saying that component is no good for dvd's?
     
  11. Duncan Harvey

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    must confess I've never tried the ps2 as a DVD player with the component leads.

    I prefer a proper DVD player.

    I might give it a try with an R2 discs however out of curiosity.
     
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    Well I can tell you mate component will be the best picture you will see out of your ps2 with dvd's.
    Remember though the ps2 dvd playback is very poor.

    Happy Gaming
     

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