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Anonymous
March 16, 2005 11:29:02 PM

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For the past few months since I purchased a PS2 I've been using the
stock A/V (RCA/composite) cables the Sony has provided with all PS2
models.

Today I switched from RCA to Component for the PS2 and it made a
drastric improvement. Before there was a slight fuzzy/blurly look to
everthing. The component video adds loads to the visible color depth
and detail. It's like playing PS2 on a giant computer monitor.

I'm rarely blown away, but with a difference this drastic it's hard not
to get excited and to spread the word. This is a very similar
difference I can see with VHS composite to DVD component. The PS2
hardware requires a internal system configuration change to output to
component, so I believe (although I'm not sure) the hardware is
actually outputing at a higher resolution. If not the illusion is very
good, it looks fantastic.

If you have a game system and an HDTV, do not hesitante to upgrade to
component cables for your connection it makes a world of difference! If
you need a reason to justify this small investment (Best Buy stocks a
3rd party PS2, Gamecube and XBox component cable for $10) just consider
the investment you've already made in your HDTV, it's worth it to get
the most out your set.
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 7:02:12 PM

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On 16-Mar-2005, Jeremy.Deats@gmail.com wrote:

> I'm rarely blown away, but with a difference this drastic it's hard not
> to get excited and to spread the word. This is a very similar
> difference I can see with VHS composite to DVD component. The PS2
> hardware requires a internal system configuration change to output to
> component, so I believe (although I'm not sure) the hardware is
> actually outputing at a higher resolution. If not the illusion is very
> good, it looks fantastic.

Not sure about the PS2, but the XBox (with HD kit) can output at 480p, 720p,
and 1080i. Almost all games are 480p-friendly, which is a HUGE improvement
over 480i (either through S-Video or composite). I have one game - MX
Unleashed - that is 1080i and it is B-E-A-yootiful! And... since Halo2 is
"widescreen-friendly", well... let's just say that I'm happy (even though my
wife gets irritated somewhat :-)

It's always nice to share in the joy of EDTV and HDTV! Have fun!

Chris
March 17, 2005 10:44:44 PM

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<Jeremy.Deats@gmail.com> wrote in message
> For the past few months since I purchased a PS2 I've been using the
> stock A/V (RCA/composite) cables the Sony has provided with all PS2
> models.
>
> Today I switched from RCA to Component for the PS2 and it made a
> drastric improvement. Before there was a slight fuzzy/blurly look to
> everthing. The component video adds loads to the visible color depth
> and detail. It's like playing PS2 on a giant computer monitor.
>
> I'm rarely blown away, but with a difference this drastic it's hard not
> to get excited and to spread the word. This is a very similar
> difference I can see with VHS composite to DVD component. The PS2
> hardware requires a internal system configuration change to output to
> component, so I believe (although I'm not sure) the hardware is
> actually outputing at a higher resolution. If not the illusion is very
> good, it looks fantastic.
>
> If you have a game system and an HDTV, do not hesitante to upgrade to
> component cables for your connection it makes a world of difference! If
> you need a reason to justify this small investment (Best Buy stocks a
> 3rd party PS2, Gamecube and XBox component cable for $10) just consider
> the investment you've already made in your HDTV, it's worth it to get
> the most out your set.

I'm definetly with you on that. I have my XBox, PS2, and GC all connected
to my HDTV with component cables.

Anyone with an HDTV (or even 480p capable EDTV) should definetly go with
component cables.

Continuing along with your post:

- If you don't care about Dolby Digital 5.1, but want to get component
outputs from both the XBox and PS2 then the Madcatz dual console (XBox/PS2)
will work just fine. Its only like $10. I used this cable prior to getting
the MS HDAV Pack, which I mainly just got in order to get fiber audio out
and take advantage of DD 5.1. There is zero difference in picture quality
between the two cables. Also, there is absolutetly no need to get $100
Mobster Cables -- the component cables that come with the HD Pack (and the
third party cables) work just fine.

- If you planning on purchasing a Gamecube and have an HDTV, then you may
want to look for a used Gamecube. Nintendo, unfortunetly, has discontinued
manufacturing Gamecubes with the digital video port -- which is needed to
use the component cables. If you already have a GC with the digital video
port (or planning the purchase a used GC with it), have an HDTV, and looking
to pick up component cables for the GC you will quickly discover how limited
these cables have become for purchase. You won't find them in any major
retail store. If you are lucky, you might stumble across them in a game
store. The best bet is to order them online. They can be purchased from
Nintendo's website for $30, imported from Lik-Sang, or purchased on Ebay
(usually $20 on Ebay right after Nintendo has put out a new shipment.)
Nintendo usually puts out a shipment of them (in Japan) about about four or
five months. The price of the cables skyrocket about three months after
shipment though. (I.e., you'll see them jump all the way up to $80 on
Ebay.) If you are patient and wait a couple months you can pick them up
again at $20 though.

Cheers,
-Eric
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 10:29:14 PM

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There are about a dozen or so PS2 games that support 480p, there is
only one game to date that does 1080i (GT4) which I rented last night,
it looks absolutely beautiful.
!