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Pioneer DVL-909 Black and White video out

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I own a Pioneer DVL-909. I have always used the S-Video function for video out. I recently purchased a Marantz SR6006 receiver. The receiver has component and hdmi video inputs. I setup the DVL-909 for component output and the SR6006 for component input. When playing a DVD the color is great, but when playing a color laserdisc , the video output is black and white. I searched the owners manual and found on page 42 an explanation for this anamoly. It seems that when selecting component video output and playing any laserdisc, the only output out of the component cable will be in black and white. The only color output when playing a laserdisc will be sent out of the S-Video connection or the lower resolution RCA video output. Why this is, is beyond comprehension to me. But it is as it is. I have searched Mouser Electronics and Monoprice websites for a S-Video (mdin4) to 3-RCA component cable. None. My line of thinking is that if I use a cable, that I am looking for, I will be able to have color output with DVD and Laserdisc and still be able to continue to use my 25" component cable to the SR6006. Am I on the right trail or will I be relegated to using the lower resolution RCA audio output? Thank You
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LD is recorded in an Analog composite format and DVD is a digital signal in more of a component type format. It is too expensive to put a processing circuit in the unit to make LD output component. LD does not have the resolution to really require more than composite or S-Video, when the unit was designed TV's were still normally tubes so the need was not really there for more than composite for LD. I still like LD but it is an older technology and many new products do not consider composite or S-Video.

You need to look for a processor or video scaler to get you component output and this can get expensive. Or the SR6006 has composite (Video) inputs, just use that and you'll just have to run a composite cable to your display also.
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You cleared up alot of the reasons why this unit does what it does.I will try the composite cable route, with separate audio #2 cables. I will try to program the SR6006 to recognize the LD playback under a different name and assign the video and audio to the different name. I will retain the component cable and audio #1 for dvd's. If unsuccessful, I go directly to the display with the S-Video and audio output #2 for LD playback. Thank You.
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The idea about using the alternative connections to the SR6006 for LD playback work very well. I have great color and audio thru the SR6006 during LD playback and I also have great color and audio thru the SR6006 during DVD playback. I didn't need the composite connection to the display. The Marantz SR6006 converted the 480p input to 1080p output to the display. The Marantz SR6006 is a fantastic AVR receiver. I am so happy to be a member of the AVS forum. Thank You.
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