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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by jongeeone, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. jongeeone

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    which is the best cable optical or coaxial for digital sound from dvd to amp
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Thats a helpful reply nathan!....ideally,coaxial can offer better quality,using very good equipment,but in most cases( as I think nathan was trying to say!) you won't hear the difference between a decent quality coax or optical lead,and certainly not on most AV material.
     
  4. MarkE19

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    The general answer is Coax.
    But as with most things it is not that simple :confused:
    Some equipment will work better with optical lead than coax. Try both and if you can tell any difference then go with the best of the 2

    Mark.
     
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    I thought so too! :D

    Cue another 100 page thread optical v coaxial, DD v dts, etc etc.
     
  6. alexs2

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    Yes...have to admit that's probably true.
     
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    Just looking at your kit list alex- what video connection do you use from the HTPC to the RP?
     
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    Component leads from the HTPC to RPTV...the PC has an X-Card,and the leads are Kimber DV-30.
     
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    Coaxial connections are generally considered the optimum for sound quality, although it depends on many factors. This would include the hardware you're running, the actual cables you use and over how long a distance you intend to run them.

    There is also the other consideration that unless your kit is very high end and/or sensitive, you'd probably notice no real difference in either case.
     
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    sorted gone for optical cos ots the only one i could get
    next question is it worth getting a component cable to connect dvd to tv
    what ive got is
    panasonic 36pd30
    pioneer 812 av
    toshiba 220 dvd
    panasonic sat
     
  12. hornydragon

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    Yes go for component and if your tosh is Prog scan capable look at at getting a PS player Marantz DV4300 for example.
     
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    Component and RGB are roughly comparable but using the component input will at least free up one or more valuable RGB scart inputs so that you don't have to daisychain or use scart splitters if you have more RGB enabled sources that sockets on the TV
     
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    If you are using Progressive on your TV then obviously Component is the connection on choice. If you are not running progressive however I would recommend a good quality RGB scart cable. RGB scart in fact utilises wider bandwidth than component and in the case of a CRT display, tends to produce slightly better results.

    Of course the most important factor whether you choose scart or component is that you use the highest quality cable you can afford as this can make all the difference. The difference between scart and component is minor whereas the difference between a poor quality and good quality cable is massive!

    Good luck.
     
  15. alexs2

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    I would definitely dispute that.....I have the choice of RGB scart and component inputs on my TV,as does nathan....the picture quality via the component input is clearly better.

    Your point about cable quality however,is true....I've used Ixos and now Kimber digital interconnects for the TV....the latter are again much better.
     
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    I have seen others post saying that on 'their TV' even S-Video looks better than RGB.
    It does seem to be depenent on each individual piece of equipment. Some do tend to handle some inputs better than others. Some TV's just don't handle RGB very well.

    Mark.
     
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    Precisely it. RGB is superior to composite, S-video and component. Some TVs down convert from RGB in order to process the input signal, which in effect means that you do not get the benefit of RGB input really.

    RGB takes many forms, but even in its simplest form it is superior to component. In the case of many TVs that accept RGB, the signal is sent straight to the guns rather than through any initial processing. This is why it gives rise to the most accurate picture in these cases. Some TVs will look "better" using component, basically because they introduce uninteded processing into the signal path of the RGB signal. If component looks better, it is more a case of the TV distorts its RGB input thus making it appear inferior.

    In conclusion, there are theoretical reasons why certain connections are superior to others, but unless the equipment in use is accurate in dealing with its input the "best results" may not always be the effect of connecting by the purest means.
     

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