As Karnis said, Svideo can only do 480i, while component can do 480i, 480p, as well as higher resolutions. But if you're feeding the signal into a good deinterlacer, svideo can be almost indistinguishable from a perfect 480p signal. Personally I can't tell the difference between a clean svideo signal and a component signal. The deinterlacer and other processing is going to be a much larger determinant on overall image quality, IMO.
Originally posted by ThumperBoy The color bandwidth is higher for component video signal compared to composite and s-video.
I know there are lots of theoretical reasons why component is better than svideo, but a lot of times theory doesn't translate into noticeably improved real-world performance. And I believe the original poster is more interested in visible performance vs. theoretical. Really, I'm curious as to how many people can see a noticeable difference between a clean s-video signal + good deinterlacer and a 480i or 480p component signal, when viewed from their normal seating distance. I don't think I can.
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