Hello. I was wondering if anyone could reccomend the best component cables to hook up a non-HD tv to Direct TV. The television has a great picture with 'standard' component cables so my question is two-fold:
Will better quality cables give a better picture and if so, what manufacturer should I consider? I would also be connecting a DVD player and as a guide, would be willing to pay anything upto 75 bucks for each cable.
The only time you might need high priced cables is if you have long cable runs and/or you are getting interference in the picture. Save your money, it won't make any difference buying expensive cables.
Thanks David. After about six hours internet research, it seems the best connection for 'standard' tv is S Video so that is what I will go with. I also found plenty of evidence to suggest you are entirely correct and expensive cables will not help in my scenario.
The odd thing is, after connecting up my S Video cable i would swear the old picture with the RCA connection was better so I'm not exactly sure what I've acomplished but I do appreciate your response.
Component and composite are two different things. Connections should be, in order of preference, component, s-video, composite. Wheather the picture will look better with one than the other depends on the manufacterer's implementation of the inputs. I've seen s-video make a big difference over composite and I've seen it make no difference whatsoever.