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S-Video Vs. Component on Standard Def. TV

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Hardware' started by OdinsFury, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. OdinsFury

    OdinsFury WiiChat Member

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    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
     
  4. OdinsFury

    OdinsFury WiiChat Member

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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?
     
  5. NateTheGreat

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    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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    When you say composite, do you mean component?:confused:
     
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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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    doug52 Overly Strong Right Arm

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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.
     
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  10. Fedorov

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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. :)
     
  11. JediMasterWii

    JediMasterWii KnightsOfTheWiiRepublic

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    cool question but there is no point in buying s better cable if you tv cant support it and with the january sales coming up i am purcahsing a 50" (min) with hd support and progressive scan this is where the wii is briilant basically stops burn-ins on your tv by constantly refreshing the pixcel on your tv to keep them fresh also with the componet cable hooked up it will makes a difference, but not a big difference but a differnce never the less. if you not going to invest then be happy with what you got and be thankful for what you have. peace
     
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    ha ha ha yea component my bad yeah it makes a diff
     
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    Cool, just wanted to double check.:D
     
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    There is little to no difference between s-video and component video on a non progressive scan television.
     
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    unless you go dvi or vag or something simialar to that but when typing i just remebered you need a s-video cable or in this case what looks better. I use a DVI-I conveter. RCA to DVI-I so that way i can play on my LCD which supports 480p all the way up to 1080p.
     
  16. OdinsFury

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    Thanks for all of your input everyone. I got the component cables for the wii and ordered some S-Video cables for my ps2 fairly cheap from ebay. There are enough audio inputs that it shouldn't be a problem to have them both connected. With my xbox 360 hooked up on my computer monitor next to my TV with Oblivion in it and Twilight Princess on my Wii, I should have enough to keep me busy for awhile. =D
     
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    hey man u seem pretty smart i may need ur help sumtime add me to ur wii im adding urs now
     

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