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DVD cable upgrade. Worth it?.....(6 posts)

DVD cable upgrade. Worth it?.....Bruno S
Nov 20, 2002 8:31 AM
has anyone upgrades their DVD cables from the single yellow RCA cable to S-video or component video cables (3 RCAs) and noticed any difference in the picture?
absolutelymohair_chair
Nov 20, 2002 8:38 AM
It depends on your TV and your vision, but for most people there will be a noticeable difference between S-video and composite video (the RCA cables). Component video is even better, because unlike the previous two, there is no combining of signals, which has to be uncombined by the TV. Component is very pure, but I don't know if the difference between it and S-Video will be noticeable on many TVs. It's best to have a progressive scan DVD player, too.
one more thingmohair_chair
Nov 20, 2002 9:08 AM
To truly appreciate the comparisons, turn down the 'sharpness' on your TV all the way. It should be completely off when you watch DVDs, and you might as well leave it off all the time. It does the opposite of what its name implies, effectively blurring the picture when it is on. As a result, the crisp image produced by a DVD is ruined.
thanks nmBruno S
Nov 20, 2002 3:20 PM
not necessarily...girchygirchy
Nov 23, 2002 8:36 AM
It's not necessarily "best" to have a progressive scan DVD player, unless you have a digital HDTV ready television. Even if your TV has component video inputs, it does not mean it's able to show the digital 1080i (interlaced) images sent by a prog-scan DVD player.

However, it would make sense to go ahead and buy a prog-scan player, since they're not much more expensive. Then later when you buy a digital TV you'll already have the best connection available.

But yes, there is a huge difference between composite and S-video images. Not sure about component (prog or non-prog) versus S-video.
more than worth it! (nm)tao
Nov 20, 2002 2:02 PM