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Old 11th December 2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default component video cable? same as RCA?

I am getting ready to setup my HDTV with Cox, but the cable box only comes with component video hookup (no HDMI).

Can I just use two regular RCA connections (just use the 3 wires)?

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Old 11th December 2007, 02:36 PM   #2
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Doing it that way won't break anything. But, long term you should get a real component cable. For best picture all 3 conductors should be from the same reel of 75 ohm cable and all 3 should be exactly the same length.
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Old 11th December 2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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thanks, Kevin.

sounds like 2 RCA cable sets should work out for now.

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Old 10th January 2008, 11:58 AM   #4
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The best way to make a cable himself is 1 meter of coax antenna cable (75 ohms) and two rca cable gold silver platted or else ...
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If you DIY a component video cable:
a) Use 75 ohm co-ax, probably RG-6, single shield not quad shield with an all copper center wire. (quad shield is for higher RF frequencies)
b) All cable should come from the same reel.
c) The 3 cables should be the exact same length. (I don't know the tolerance, maybe less than one inch)
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Old 15th January 2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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I just use mid-priced commercial pre-made cables. About $12 for the triple.
I'm nearsighted so video quality isnt important to me. I doubt theres a noticeable (if any) difference between a "good enough" cable and a high end cable.
These cables make good audio interconnects too. just peel off one cable from the triple.
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