Originally posted by richm99
Kenni - that thought just crossed my mind as well. I originally used cables from the cable co., then switched to component cables I had on hand (RCA-probably low to mid-quality). Both displayed the same PQ. I am thinking about upgrading to Monster. Is it possible that some component cables deliver inferior PQ than some S-video?
Either way I will go through the advanced set up.
Richm99 - sounds like you've already tried other cables. The installers used the basic component cables (about a 30 ft cable) that came with the equipment and I noticed a major change by installing my own cables (also medium grade $50 cables and only 6ft).
I don't think going to Monster will fix your problem.
To answer your question, I've had component cables connected until they finally updated my firmware so the DVI would work, and the S-video connection was OK but no where close to the component PQ. It didn't matter if it was an HD signal or just 480i, the component was way better. My S-video produces a dark picture with the color overdriven. I needed S-Video connection because my Denon will not produced it's on-screen info over the component cable.
The best thing to try is the advanced wizard setup for the box. If you go to the SA website, they have a complete manual on how to use their wizard. I think will need to register (just give them an email address) to get to the manual. But you really don't need it. The on-screen info walks you right through it. It has a screen with each resolution and if you see it, you just accept it from your remote. It has 6 screens (480i, 480i-wide, 480p, 480p-wide, 720p, and 1080i). See if this maybe helps your problem.