component vs s-video

  butter fingers 18:25 29 Nov 2008

I have just bought an AV amp which has an HDMI out to my HD tv. MY DVD player does not have an hdmi output. Should I use its component output or s-video output through the amp or leave the scart cable straight to the tv? Never really known the difference between s video, component, optical or scart!

marantz sr5002 amp, toshiba sd130e

  ICF 06:16 30 Nov 2008
  natdoor 12:06 30 Nov 2008

These standards arose out of the need for backward compatibilty. A luminance signal is required for black and white TVs. A scart was designed to transfer RGB, which is potentially capable of the highest quality, and composite. It is now sometimes used to carry S-Video. Usually only the AV1 scart connector on a TV will accept RGB and your DVD player may not provide an RGB output. If you have the cables for component video, I would suggest that it is worth giving it a try. Otherwise, if you are satisfied with the scart connection, the stick with that.

  butter fingers 22:36 30 Nov 2008

Thanks for your thoughts. I now know much more than I did before!

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