Is there any reason to connect the composite video cable or analog audio cables?
I know that in the early days of s-video, S-VHS VCRs would play s-video signals through the s-video output, and standard video signals through the composite output, without any mixing signals. But the DVD player should play everything through the s-video output, correct?
10-15-2004, 05:42 AM
but your are right there is no need to use the composite cables - unless you have a VCR that you want to use to record from the DVD and it only takes composite.
10-15-2004, 06:16 AM
Often, some of the less-than-lousey DVD players have better D/A convertors than some receivers. So when you are playing music via your DVD player, you may prefer the sound from the analog audio out (or movies if you have a 6ch. out on the back of your DVD). If your DVD player is SACD or DVD-Audio, you definately want to connect the analog outs, unless you have no compatible discs.
If your TV has a really good 3D Y/C comb filter, you may not se a difference between S-Video and composite as such filters offer the same benefits of an S-Video cable.
As reggie suggested, Component cable hook-up is worth doing (the red, green and blue output). It yields the best results.
10-15-2004, 06:28 AM
The DVD player is the original Sony DVP-S7000. It sounds about equivalent to my DDEv1.1 D/A converter that I have in my audio system. It's no Theta, but the analog output is pretty good for a mass market player. I don't know how it compares with some of the newer models. Review of subsequent Sony models all said that the S7000 sounded better than the newer ones.
I think that my Yamaha receiver has a better D/A converter, so I just use the digital output of the DVD player.
Regarding the video, I know that component is better than S-video. But my projector does not have component inputs. It does have an RGBHV input, but I would have to convert the signal because it is not compatible with RGBHV.
I am, however, using a line doubler between the receiver and the projector, so I am going in through the RGBHV outputs. Not quite as good as true progressive. But certainly adequate for now.
VGA signals are basically the same as RGB signals. They can be split or combined using a VGA-5-wire breakout cable.
I would need a component -> RGB (or VGA) transcoder to use a progressive DVD player with my current projector.
However, I figure I'll wait on that. When I get a new projector I'll get the progressive DVD player at the same time. And hopefully both will be HD as well.
(Actually if I wire it up correctly, and got the necessary hardware, the projector will do 720p HD signals.)
10-15-2004, 06:54 AM
<center><img src="http://www.highway.net.au/img_parts/img_1786.jpg"></center><p>but at $200 for something that you will be doing away with soon - probably does not make sense.<ul><li><a href="http://www.highway.net.au/parts/converters/1786.html">Link</a></li></ul>
10-15-2004, 06:59 AM
If I already had a progressive DVD player, I would be all over that!
Who makes it? I did not see any brand names on that page.
Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list, along with a new progressive DVD player.
10-15-2004, 07:28 AM
The DVPS7000 is a fine player and very probably has a superior-sounding analog output than if you use the Yamaha's (unless it's an RXZ9 - which Yamaha do you have?).
I have an RXV2400 and it's D/A's speck well on paper, but suffer at the hands of being in receiver housing (huge transformer an all), and my Philips DVD962SA offers better sound with it's own D/A conversion. I now bypass the Yamaha for music and go straight into my Musical Fidelity A300.
You have spend silly money to get better sound from a disc spinner than your 7000.
10-15-2004, 07:39 AM
10-15-2004, 11:16 AM
:) just had to get that off my chest!
10-15-2004, 12:14 PM
Or is it a Theta preamp? Whichever one it is, I would assume that you are using the coax output to the Theta.
Have you ever done an A/B comparison between the 7000 DA converters and the Theta?
I had compared it years ago with my DDE 1.1 and it compared favorably.
10-18-2004, 12:45 PM
I'm using a coax out of the 7000, and if I wanted to do analog, then I would be introducing the Theta A/D's into the path which hoses any comparison I could make. There is no pass-through feature AFAIK.
10-20-2004, 04:39 AM
Raj, first, I hope you know I was kidding. :-)
Of course I respect your opinion. Especially since we have the same taste in DVD players.
That being said, I am curious what you meant about introducing the Theta's A/D into the path.
OH -- I think I get it now. Your Theta is a preamp, not just a D/A converter. So you would have to hook up the analog outs of the Sony to the A/D of the Theta. I get it.
All of the inputs of the Theta get converted to digital??? Usually a high-end component such as that would allow the user to bypass all the processing.
I use the coax out of my Sony as well. And I'm only going to a Yamaha receiver.
10-20-2004, 04:46 AM
Out of my receiver, the s-video is connected to my projector, and the composite output is connected to a 27" TV which is just for watching broadcast -- news, FoodTV, and that sort of thing, and for when I don't want to fire up the projector.
I found out that my receiver does not pass composite signals down the s-video output, nor does it pass s-video down the composite output (I knew this, but somehow forgot when I was connecting the TV).
So if we want to watch TV, or a DVD or VHS through the stero system, then the video has to go through the composite video outputs.
10-20-2004, 05:51 AM
10-20-2004, 08:17 AM
I was just goofing! :-P
It's been so long since I've set up the Theta that I can't remember anymore. I truly don't think they built an analog pass through for this preamp. I remember being a little perplexed by this when I set it up, but since I didn't have any plans use a CD player that had higher quality AD's than what was included with the Theta, I didn't get too upset over it. I'll have to go back and RTFM to figure out what the story is.