What is the advantage to S-Video

By F1N3ST ยท 12 replies
Feb 18, 2007
  1. I have a 360 but I am keeping my xbox but I want to have a better image quality, is there any good advantage to a S-Video cable for my xbox over composite, maybe a side by side image, thanks.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Without pictures to push my point, just keep in mind that composite is the worst of all connection standards. S-Video, Component (YUV) & HMDI (if available) are far better with only Component & HDMI allowing you to use Progressive Scan/High Definition.

    The image is much sharper & colors are much more vivid when you use something other than composite.

    ps. there are some side by side comparisons of Wii image quality if you're interested.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Definately use S-Video over Composite. Use Component over S-Video if possible.

    The difference between Component and Composite is astounding.
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    My xbox 360 is hooked up to two screens, my 20" Widescreen monitor using the VGA cabe and HD, my dads 51" widescreen projection at 1080i using component, and I had it hooked up to my 20" crappy TV and the differance is HUGE. Especially because of the HD.

    Im gonna use the S-Vid cable.
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Use s-vhs

    It was the best till HDTV.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    And what about the difference between S-video and component?

    For me, a regular composite connection looks pretty good :) My GCN and PS2 look good (Gran Turismo 4 looks great), and I'm using a regular composite connection.
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Peoples' needs vary. Some people are satisfied with the image quality they get out of the box, some aren't. I'm very picky when it comes to video & sound quality myself so composite is a no go. :p

    The biggest difference between S-video & Component is the possibility of using Progressive Scan on the latter. It's not something that's very easy to comprehend just by reading, you need to see it to appreciate the extra quality it brings.
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    That's good. Too bad my TV can't do progressive scan. It has component inputs, but can only display 480i.

    Anyway, who cares :p
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Don't know, to be honest I don't know if I've ever connected the same thing with S-Vid and then Component to check. Thats why I didn't make that statement :D

    I just know that with Component vividness of the picture and sharpness on my 27" standard def flat screen CRT is so much better than Composite.
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I asked that question because my DVD player is using the S-video connection, and I wanted to know if its worth it to use component.

    But I have yet to see any real difference between composite and S-video. Movies look identical.

    PS. Thanks for the PM SNGX.
  11. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    My memories of VHS

    I had a Super VHS vcr S-Video out to TV in.TV out to record.
    Heres what I discovered at the rental store about
    S-VHS rentals for many years.
    "We don't have any ?
    The only use was the 1 S-VHS included tape I used for live recording.
    EG: Sports.Playback was better,but,
    I had 1 and could never find any to buy,so my vhs TAPE collection is on composite recording.
    Does a DVD movie say it's S-VHS ?
  12. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    It depends more on the quality of your TV IMHO. Mine (27" flat screen CRT) accepts composite, component, and S-Video. I have 2 DVD players, one connected with composite and one with component. Since my TV is kind of old, there is almost no difference at all.
  13. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    A little off topic

    Any TV with video inputs is probably of good quality.
    That was my point in previous reply.You can only view what was recorded.
    I don't think the cable type makes a difference in this case.
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