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Inexpensive S-video cable is OK?

Yesterday I ordered--online--a Panasonic DVD recorder, as my 5-year-old VCR was giving me too much trouble & reviews of new ones all seemed to say "This is junk--they don't build 'em like they used to." To make sure the new DVD recorder would be compatible with my Samsung TV, I called Samsung. The rep advised me to (when hooking up the DVD recorder) use the TV's red & white (input 1) red & white audio jacks, but skip the yellow jack and instead purchase separately an S-video cable & plug it into the TV's S-video jack. Question: Which S-video cable to buy? At I see several. There's a 4-ft. Monster Cable THX for $14.83, but I don't have a home-theatre setup so I'm thinking Why pay for anything fancy? There's an RCA 6-ft. S-video cable for only $2.37+shipping. Would that be fine for my purpose?

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  • David Luma Jul 23, 2006

    Thanks, Techman. I'm wondering: the RCA for $2.37 isn't gold-plated, or they'd say so. Does that make a difference, really?
    And why are these S-video cables so long? Probably 18 inches would be plenty for me--to reach from the DVD recorder to the TV.



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If you dont have a hi tech theater setup you could almost use jumper wires, BUT yes, the cheap on would work just fine and you would'nt notice the differance from the cheapo one to the expensive type.

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    Larry Dillon Jul 23, 2006

    Naaaaw no need for the gold plated one as your not going to notice the picture differance. They are so long as they are used as part of a home theater set-up and diffeant components all around the screen.



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