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adamtech78

join:2006-01-25
Chicago, IL

Green Red Blue cables same as Red Yellow White?

Hello.
I have never used the component video cables.
I have two used TVs and DVD players.
Can I use the regular RED YELLOW WHITE cables for component hookups, or are those cables internally different?


RX8

join:2004-07-18
Marietta, GA
You can use either one. No internal difference


wings10
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join:2004-06-09
South Elgin, IL

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reply to adamtech78
RGB is Video only. Much better image then the singal Yellow cable. Also no audio goes through the RGB input.
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RX8

join:2004-07-18
Marietta, GA

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said by wings10:

RGB is Video only. Much better image then the singal Yellow cable. Also no audio goes through the RGB input.
What you are saying is Correct about RGB having a better picture than the standard composite video, but that is NOT what the OP is asking.
Other than the color coded difference, there is no differnce in the cable itself.


wings10
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reply to adamtech78
And don't go to Best Buy or Circuit City to buy a component cable. Much cheaper at discount shops like Walmart.
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adamtech78

join:2006-01-25
Chicago, IL
reply to adamtech78
hmm, well, I have tried different cables with two TVs and I don't really get a picture (I do connect them properly despite the fact they are different colors). That's why I was wondering if they are somehow different running at different frequency or something...

adamtech78

join:2006-01-25
Chicago, IL
reply to wings10
that is true.
they also sell cat5 or cat6 network patch cords for about $40.
Well, then reading the responses I won't be buying any cables at all. Something must be wront with the TVs as they don't accept composite.

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
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reply to RX8
It depends on the cable as to whether there is a difference. With cheap cables, I would not recommend it. The red and white cables are not of the same construction as the yellow, video cable. With more expensive cables, they are probably the same.


wings10
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South Elgin, IL
reply to adamtech78
Go out and get some true Component cables. They can be had for around $10. Try Radio Shack, Target etc.
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tobicat
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join:2005-04-18
Tombstone, AZ
reply to adamtech78
On most sets after you plug in the cables you must go to the setup menu and tell it to use component.
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wings10
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said by tobicat:

On most sets after you plug in the cables you must go to the setup menu and tell it to use component.
Oh that's correct. I forgot about that. Good call.
If you don't you get just a red picture.
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adamtech78

join:2006-01-25
Chicago, IL
I know to toggle through the inputs on the TV. On one TV I get some sort of signal but it's all distorted, you can't make anything out of it. On another TV there is no signal at all.

I will try RGB cables instead.


wings10
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Remember if your hooking up your DVD player this way you need to go into the DVD player menu to select component. On one of my DVD players it was an actual switch in the back.
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adamtech78

join:2006-01-25
Chicago, IL
I bought a 6 ft set from Target and connected to the CRT TV. Worked without any issues. I will try the cable today with the big TV unit, if it works there I'll need to get a 12ft for that one.

So the regular RCA cables I had lacked in quality to properly send the signal.


Michail
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join:2000-08-02
Boynton Beach, FL
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reply to adamtech78
The signal can look distorted if one of the component lines is bad. Component video cable should be of better quality than that needed for the old red yellow white cables. The red/white audio lines on many of those seem to be built differently. Perhaps having a smaller gauge or less shielding.


GeekGirl1
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Morrisville, PA
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Component cables should be 75 Ohm impedance and be able to handle real video bandwidth (about 10 MHz if you get lucky).

The red/white cables don't have 75 Ohm controlled impedance and can't handle video bandwidths. They were designed for audio. The yellow one might come close.

You can make some excellent component cables out of 75 Ohm RG-59 coax and some RCA phono plugs. Just be sure to match the lengths.