S-Video Cable

There are so many types of connections that you can use when hooking up the many components of your entertainment system that sometimes it is easy to get confused over the various cables that you are using. One of the connections that people use is known as the S-Video cable. This cable is one that carries an analog video signal, and is generally considered to be somewhere between the composite video cables and the component video cables. The difference between these various kinds of cables is all in how the information is relayed and what this means for the definition of the television that you are watching.

This is because composite video cables carry all of the information in a compact signal that is often seen as lower quality because of the fact that all of the information has been compressed in order for it to travel in the signal. On the other end of the spectrum the component video cables are designed to relay the picture signal through three signals that have been separated out so that they can be of a higher quality than the other systems. The S-Video cable relays the information that it carries in two separate signals. These signals are broken up into the color and luminance of the picture. So, this means that while the video will not appear to be as clear or as highly defined as those that will be found when viewing a component video source, they are going to be a significant improvement over the composite video cables.

S-Video cables were originally introduced in the late 1980s as a way to improve the quality of viewing that was done on VHS systems. Within just a few years many televisions were introduced that also had input systems for the S-Video cable system, and this was something that increased its overall popularity, even allowing for its use in various gaming systems like the Nintendo Game Cube. Although many years have passed since its introduction to the market it is still a cable system that is used around the world in TVs, DVD players, DVRs, gaming systems, and VHS recorders.

However, with the introduction of high-definition systems the use of the S-Video cable to hook up the television has diminished significantly. This is because they do not relay the high-definition signal due to their overall lack of appropriate bandwidth. If you are someone who has found that the S-Video cable that you originally used to hook up the systems is now considered to be outdated, then you might need to find an adapter so that the signal can be appropriately converted. If you think that you may need one of these adapters, then you will want to double check to be sure that the S-Video cable system that you have does not work with the current entertainment system that you are using. If it does not, then this is something that is easily accomplished as many electronics stores now offer various types of adapters so that you can be sure that your electronics systems that may have originally been incompatible are not easily connected.

This S-Video Cable Review is Written/Updated on Jan 7th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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