Component Av Cable - PlayStation 2
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- Audio, Video Cable
- Platform: PlayStation2
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
From the Manufacturer
For use with today's more sophisticated video equipment that allows component input from high-end gear like the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Component AV Cable delivers impeccable, distortion-free picture quality. This cable works with TVs and monitors that have Y, Cb/Pb, Cr/Pr inputs. If your entertainment center is ready, prepare for the leap in detail you'll see with the Component AV Cable (for PlayStation 2).
Top Customer Reviews
He mistakenly says that audio and video signals are separated in s-video and component video cables. This is totally wrong. Any video cable, be it composite, s-video or component has absolutely NOTHING to do with audio. Period. Audio is carried by completely different cables.
Composite (standard) video combines chrominance (color) and luminance (black/white) into a single wire. S-video separates these two types of signals onto two different wires, producing a sharper picture because there's no "bleeding" of data between the two.
Component video uses three separate wires to conduct luminance and two chrominance signals, producing the sharpest, most accurate pictures. Most direct-view televisions nowadays utilize component video as their "native" format internally.
Okay, so now that I made that little rant, I want to point out that these component video cables from Sony include a set audio cables. Just keep in mind that audio doesn't travel over the video portion of the cables.
We all know the difference between S and Component, S separates the RGB and audio bands, but puts all of the RGB in a single connection with separate connecter pins. The component breaks down all the RGB into single inputs, hence one for red, one for blue, and one for green, in addition to left and right audio.
So, does it make a DVD/PS2 game look that much better/different? Believe it or not, YES, it does, quite noticable. The colors are richer, the images are sharper, clearer, and it cleans up darker scenes with better line definition. It works very well and does exactly what it advertises. Is it work the $30? No, something this simple really shouldn't cost this much. Sony is to blame. But if you are truly that critical of movie viewing and the difference between stock and component cables is compelling to your eye, by all means, buy it. IF you have extra cash to spare, that helps too.
Long story short, I was wrong. I'd expected the sharper image (which is great overall, although I have to confess that in some games I preferred the slightly blurry edges between polygons to the jagged ones I'm seeing now), but the richness in color was the real payoff here. I think it would be an overstatement to say, "The difference between component and composite is like the difference between VHS and DVD," but, frankly, not by much. If you can make the upgrade, by all means, do it.
One last bit of factual information: if size is an issue, he Sony component cable is 6' long, as compared to Monster's component AV cable for the PS2, which is 10'. (The Sony cable is also smaller in diameter by about 1/3 and more flexible.) I can't speak to the dimensions of other competing brands (Intec, etc.).
But... big pain... my TV "recognized" the input as a DVD player as a result of using these plugs, and cancelled output of the monitor out jacks. I was using the TV audio out to feed a stereo amplifier. So now I have a choice of external sound or nice picture. Aarggh. If you just use your tv speakers, or you have a surround receiver you won't care, but beware if you don't.
Most recent customer reviews
The cable I received is not made by Sony as pictured/described in this item. It is a cloned one. It works though. If I knew the fact, I would rethink before buying it.Published on Dec 6 2010 by wall2010
I just bought the component AV cable from a 3rd party company and already has the S/video cables (3rd party too) . Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by OM
I have a 61" DLP HDTV moniter, as I thought PERFECT for a PS2! The original A/V plugs were a little fuzzy, so I decided to get these component cables. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
I did a google search, found this review, saw your comments on changing the settings to component mode (had a refurbished without manual ps2) and it saved me a trip to buy a new... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Benjamin Prior
These cables are a must for anybody with a component video connection, but... Watch out!These cables to not stretch out by themselves to reach longer destinations. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Jason M. Mecchi
Just a quick thought to anyone having problems with these cables...Make sure you go into the options menu on your PS2 (the one with the time & date options) and change the... Read morePublished on March 9 2004