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Confused about Composite vs. S-Video

Old 08-25-00, 10:25 PM
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I am about to buy my first DVD player (pause for applause), and I am a little bit confused about the cables. My 27 inch TV only has composite inputs, and I am wondering how big of a deal that is.

I have a couple of questions:

-How exactly is s-video better than composite (scan lines, color, contrast, etc)?
-What does an s-video converter do? I thought that one of the differences is that if you have an s-video input on your TV you bypass the filter. So if the cable goes out the s-video on the DVD player, and then still goes into the RCA plug on the TV, what does the converter do?

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