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post #1 of 3 Old 01-08-2013, 01:20 PM - Thread Starter
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With the big HD push the last few years it's getting harder and harder to find a decent S-Video switch for a reasonable price. Can anyone recommend one they still see for sale somewhere online? I'm going to mainly be using it for S-Video but composite input/output would be nice too. I'm not necessarily interested in converting from composite to S-Video(I know this requires it to be a powered switcher to avoid clarity loss), so if there's a composite input/output then I would prefer if it didn't mix the signals in any way.

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I would look on eBay for an Extron or Kramer.
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What S-Video sources are you switching? Many devices have S-Video outputs (like Laserdisc), but if the source material wasn't recorded with separate Y/C, then the S-Video output is really just composite with a Y/C-separator. S-VHS is a likely exception. A modern TV probably has just as good a separator as any cheap source device does, so you may be trying to find a solution to a quality probably that doesn't exist... Meaning, just use composite switching.

Certainly give it comparison before going through the effort - hook both up to a TV and see if you can see a picture quality difference...

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