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N64 S-Video Cables

by bladerunner Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:21 pm

Are the Monster S-Video cables worth the $70 they are going for these days? I see plenty of 3rd party cables (always avoid the ones with the yellow plug so I am told) as well as the official Nintendo branded ones. The official Nintendo cables seem to be going for around $25-30. So I would assume the Nintendo cables are fine. Any distinct advantage to the Monster cables?

I'd love to go RGB, it just doesn't seem worth the $$$
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by Hazerd Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:26 pm

Hell no, dont pay $70 for S-Video cables, also just pointing this out for the hell of it, but SNES/N64/GCN all share the same video cables.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by CRTGAMER Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:07 am

bladerunner wrote:Are the Monster S-Video cables worth the $70 they are going for these days? I see plenty of 3rd party cables (always avoid the ones with the yellow plug so I am told) as well as the official Nintendo branded ones. The official Nintendo cables seem to be going for around $25-30. So I would assume the Nintendo cables are fine. Any distinct advantage to the Monster cables?

I'd love to go RGB, it just doesn't seem worth the $$$

That price is ridiculous, probably working off a false value as the Gamecube Component Cable which is only made by Nintendo. Any brand N64 SVideo cale is fine as long as it has good shielding and solid connections. As for the duel Composite and SVideo N64 cable, nothing wrong with that either. Its not like an hot RF cable hanging out. Monster Cables are nice but also very heavy and might be hard on the connections if the "rope" is not supported in the back.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by Mad_Hatter Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:04 am

bladerunner wrote:Are the Monster S-Video cables worth the $70 they are going for these days? I see plenty of 3rd party cables (always avoid the ones with the yellow plug so I am told) as well as the official Nintendo branded ones. The official Nintendo cables seem to be going for around $25-30. So I would assume the Nintendo cables are fine. Any distinct advantage to the Monster cables?

I'd love to go RGB, it just doesn't seem worth the $$$

Where are the official nintendo cables that go for 25-30? The ones I see always go for like 40+.

I'm trying to find some.

I bought one of those cheapos with the extra composite lead:

http://www.amazon.com/Gameplay-SNES-Gam ... es+s+video

It works, but I haven't tested it on a SDTV CRT, only my HDTV CRT, and the picture is as clear as my Saturn and Dreamcast S-Video.


CRTGAMER wrote:Gamecube Component Cable which is only made by Nintendo.

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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by bladerunner Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:10 am

I only heard the dual s-video/composite cables created a checkered look on the screen. Many forums mentioned that, but it is hard to find out without actually testing a cable.

Crtgamer, any way to tell if a set of cables are good? Any recommendations?
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by Ziggy587 Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:20 am

It's becoming increasingly hard to get good cables these days, and AV cables for retro consoles are the best example of this. Most of them suck.

If you're handy with a soldering iron, you could make your own. Just get any cheap Nintendo S-Video cable so you can use the proprietary AV connector. Then get standard S-Video and stereo audio RCA cables (you'll have a much better time finding quality ones this way). Cut off one end of the S-Video and RCA cables and solder it to the Nintendo AV connector.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by bmoc Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:29 am

bladerunner wrote:I only heard the dual s-video/composite cables created a checkered look on the screen. Many forums mentioned that, but it is hard to find out without actually testing a cable.


I had that problem with those cables too. It turns out that the solution is to plug in the composite video in addition to s-video.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by sonic2041 Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:39 pm

I got a couple of the Monster cables a while back, probably in 2006 when they were on clearance at GameStop. They work well, but I had an issue with those when I had both the composite and s-video plugged in. It would make the video scramble. I suspect this depends on what equipment you have it running through.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by CRTGAMER Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:42 pm

bladerunner wrote:I only heard the dual s-video/composite cables created a checkered look on the screen. Many forums mentioned that, but it is hard to find out without actually testing a cable.

Crtgamer, any way to tell if a set of cables are good? Any recommendations?

I have run SVideo thru the PS1 and Gamecube with the composite lead hanging to the side (before obtaining the Gamecube Component) and had no issues. The best way is to just test run the cables plugged into the console and hooked up to the TV. If that cannot be done, a meter can be hooked up to confirm all pins have continuality and no shorts between the connections.

sonic2041 wrote:I got a couple of the Monster cables a while back, probably in 2006 when they were on clearance at GameStop. They work well, but I had an issue with those when I had both the composite and s-video plugged in. It would make the video scramble. I suspect this depends on what equipment you have it running through.

You definitely want to leave the composite disconnected so the TV will keep the Chroma and Luma signals separated thru the SVideo connection. Shared Composite and SVideo consoles can be made to work running both leads to the same input of a TV. Just run a switchbox, each console has only Composite or SVideo and not both plugged into the box.
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Re: N64 S-Video Cables

by ninjainspandex Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:48 pm

I love my monster S-video cables gives an incredibly clean picture (no checkerboard pattern which is common with cheaper s-video cables on the N64) but god damn are those connectors tight, I ripped off an input trying to remove it from one of my switch boxes :x

IS there a way to make it not so tight?
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