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    S-Video Vs. Component on Standard Def. TV

    I realize that on a TV capable of outputting 480p you would need the component cables. Would there be any noticeable difference in picture quality on a standard definition TV using the S-Video cables over the component cables? My reasoning for this is that I can leave my PS2 hooked via component cables and hook up the wii to S-Video. If not I can always get an S-video cable for the PS2 or just switch the cables when I want to change systems.

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    A good question !

    But what will you do about the audio ? Surely you would have to switch the audio jacks when switching between systems ?

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    It would definately look better, but it wouldn't be too dramatic on an standard def TV. You would be better off buying a composite AV switcher to switch between consoles. I use a RadioShack 4-way switcher to switch between my set top box, DVD, and VCR in my lounge. $25 AU (less in USA I'm sure) and it works a treat.

    Best part is, this will also take audio, not just video, which will solve the problem pointed out by Goots

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    So you guys are saying that if I can get the component cables I should because it will be better than the S-video on a standard def. TV?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsFury
    So you guys are saying that if I can get the component cables I should because it will be better than the S-video on a standard def. TV?
    I'd say yes, go with the component for Wii and just get an s-video cable for your PS2. Although, to tell you the truth, I bought s-video for my original Xbox and it made the picture look way better compared to the standard composite. Then I realized I had component inputs in my 27" flat screen tube TV, so I got component cables and seriously, I didn't notice much of a difference between the two. So really, it wouldn't be a bad thing to go with s-video for Wii except that you won't be able to get progressive scan (or the closest you can to it on a standard def TV, 480i) nor true 16:9 widescreen, but I'm guessing your TV isn't widescreen. I'd just personally give the better inputs to the newest console, which would be the Wii in your case.
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    yeah dude the composite cables do make a diffrence because i had my wii hooked up the old fashon way but i went out bought a Hi Def tv and composite cables before i play zelda and it made the everything even the interface screen looks better than before. but too answer your question about if it makes a diff on standard i have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLBChamp
    yeah dude the composite cables do make a diffrence because i had my wii hooked up the old fashon way but i went out bought a Hi Def tv and composite cables before i play zelda and it made the everything even the interface screen looks better than before. but too answer your question about if it makes a diff on standard i have no idea.
    When you say composite, do you mean component?
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    Maybe this will make sense.

    Composite - All colors are together in 1 cable
    S-Video - Colors are split up, but still in 1 cable
    Component - Colors are split up, and in separate cables to eliminate interference

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    composite = comes with the wii. 3 plugs
    component = you purchase this. enables 480p on hd and ed tv's. 5 plugs, 3 video 2 audio.
    s-video = 3 plugs, 1 video, 2 audio.

    best option is component, then s-video, then composite. go with whichever you can support.
    Last edited by NateTheGreat; 12-25-2006 at 03:41 PM.

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    As mentioned in another thread I've got a 42" Panasonic plasma, it's not HD but supports edtv, the difference is like night and day since switching from s-video to component cables, whites are white, everything is sharp, yes you can see all the jaggies now but you can also read the really small text on screens/games - no longer fuzzy.

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