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Old 05-06-03, 03:03 PM   #1
iveal
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DIY s-video cable: is 75 ohm wire essential?

I'd like to make an s-video cable for the TV & DVD player in my bedroom using some cat-5 cable. The specs for the cable is 9 ohms/100 m. I've seen a lot of component and video cables being advertised as 75 ohms. Will the difference in impedance make any difference or damage my equipment?

Also, I understand that the 4 pins in an s-video cable correspond to Y, Y-ground, C, and C-ground. I take it that, theoretically speaking, I could just jam 2 stripped strands from the 4 cat-5 pairs into where the pins would otherwise go, and this would work. Is this right?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-06-03, 10:12 PM   #2
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Why go through ALL THE TROUBLE of making your own S-Video cables when you can buy very good qaulity ones for under $15?

Unless of course it's just for the fun of making it!
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Old 05-06-03, 10:49 PM   #3
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Buy an s-video cable?! Where's the fun in that? Besides, I don't like my bedroom setup enough, so I don't feel that it deserves it. Anyway, I'm just curious to know if it will work, but I don't want my curiosity to fry my stuff.
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Old 05-07-03, 02:45 PM   #4
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Why go through ALL THE TROUBLE of making your own S-Video cables when you can buy very good qaulity ones for under $15?
Where can I get a good one for $15?
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Old 05-07-03, 03:42 PM   #5
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I've heard that the Dayton line from PartsExpress to be a good value. The cheap RCA ones from MCM electronics are functional. Acoustic Research is also a value brand and widely available.

http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage...._ID=167#svideo

http://mcm.newark.com/NewarkWebComme...il.jsp?id=DT6S

http://mcm.newark.com/NewarkWebComme...l.jsp?id=DT9SA
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Old 05-08-03, 10:39 AM   #6
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I was wondering if I could get one locally at a reasonable price. Seems like all the places that carry good ones mark them up quite a bit.
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Old 05-12-03, 07:38 PM   #7
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I saw a cheap one at Walmart yesterday for $6 for 6 feet.
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Old 05-13-03, 11:18 AM   #8
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I saw a cheap one at Walmart yesterday for $6 for 6 feet.
Was it a cheap gold plated one or just a regular cheap one?
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Old 05-15-03, 01:34 AM   #9
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Was it a cheap gold plated one or just a regular cheap one?
A regular cheap one, expect to pay more for gold plated.
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Old 05-17-03, 10:58 PM   #10
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I went and bought the $6 one at Walmart today and it worked like a charm hooking my laptop computer to my TV.
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