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Component Cable "Switcher" ---> Where Can I Find One?

Old 09-05-02, 04:28 AM
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Component Cable "Switcher" ---> Where Can I Find One?

Component Cable "Switcher" ---> Where Can I Find One?
Dear All,
My 36" Sony XBR-250 has only one 'Component' Input, as a result everytime I want to play either of my PS2 or XBox (using Monster Cables that I purchased separately for both systems), I have to disconnect and connect the corresponding Console's Cable. (all the models after mine, have TWO Component Inputs )

Not only this is a pain in the neck, but also in the long run, I have noticed that the 'Component' connectors at the back of my TV are a bit loose (from constant connec/disconn).

I have seen SVGA Switch Boxes that allows you to click a button and choose different connection...Is there such a thing for 'Component Input' as well?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-05-02, 09:18 AM
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Check Radio Shack. A very cheap solution (and one I used to switch between PS1 and N64 years ago) is to simply use RCA Y-connectors. Granted, if you have both systems on at the same time, your picture will be very strange, but then again, you shouldn't even need to run them simultaneously.

I think the Y-connectors were about $2. I used three, one for video and two for audio.
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Old 09-05-02, 10:00 AM
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All you need to do is go to radio shack and by a stereo/video switcher. It is a passive device, and has three cables switching at any given time. It won't affect your signal, and costs 20 bucks. A real component switcher is at least 200.

This will work, and be great for you.

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Old 09-05-02, 11:44 AM
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Thanks for the responses:

You mean a 'Y-connector' that has 3 female inputs at the end of each branch and one male to be connected at the back of TV set, right?
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Old 09-05-02, 11:49 AM
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Check out this thread - there's a bunch of useful info in there. There's a JVC that you can pick up for around $80 or $90. Also, like krisbee said, you can just get a composite switch box and use it to switch the compnent signal.
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Old 09-05-02, 12:41 PM
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Thanks for the response:

I indeed used my SVGA Switcher (Sony, bought it around $20 last year), and to my surprise it works!

Now one important Question:

What about loss of image quality? I have connected my XBox and PS2 (and possibly my non-progressive scan DVD) and I need to know if their image gets a bit 'degraded' since they pass through this box...

(I really don't care about HDTV signal, nor Prgressive Scan, since my TV set is NOT an HDTV nor Progressive Scan enabled)

Thanks again.





Ignore the cables connected to the Sony Switch Box, it is a picture that I took last year when my other consoles were connected, I just post the images to let you know what box I have)

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Old 09-05-02, 01:16 PM
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Cannibal - Congrats on solving your problem. Do you notice any image quality loss? If not, I wouldn't worry about it. I don't think the bandwidth needed for PS2 and Xbox is very high. And a slight image quality loss might not be noticable on a 36" screen.

One final note, the switcher appears to be an S-Video switch box, not an SVGA switch box.
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Old 09-05-02, 01:29 PM
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Thanks for the response:

What is the difference between a S-Video and SVGA switch box?

Does it really matter in regards to my currnet connection?

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-02, 06:45 PM
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Originally posted by Cannibal Corpse
Thanks for the response:

What is the difference between a S-Video and SVGA switch box?

You own an S-Video switcher.
An SVGA switcher refers to a device that switches computer monitors. Something like this:




Does it really matter in regards to my currnet connection?

Thanks!
Not at all.
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