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I just got my projector mounted and now I need to run the cabling through the ceiling.


My question is about component cabling and how to run it. My projector has 1 RGB input and I have 3 devices feeding it:


HD box

XBOX

DVD player


How much PQ loss will I get by running it through a basic switch box like something from radio shack?


Do I need to run 3 seperate component cables and get up to the PJ and swap them everytime I want to change to something different? (very annoying)


My receiver only has 1 input and 2 outs for component.


Anything else I can do?


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Isn't 1 input and 2 outputs a little odd?

normally 2 ins and 1 out so you can use the receiver to switch.


maybe just put the XBOX on composites and the HD and DVD on the component outs.


If you really only have 1 out you may still want the XBOX on the receiver and get a switcher for the two other signals.


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Isn't 1 input and 2 outputs a little odd?

normally 2 ins and 1 out so you can use the receiver to switch.


maybe just put the XBOX on composites and the HD and DVD on the component outs.


If you really only have 1 out you may still want the XBOX on the receiver and get a switcher for the two other signals.


-neurotica
Oops, you are right, there are 2 in's and 1 out.


I would really like to keep everything component....
 

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That's one of the reasons I upgraded my last receiver which didn't have any component switching at all. Previously, I was using the Xbox as the DVD player, but with my new setup I have multiple component devices that feed into a higher end receiver.
 

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Well, i found my cheapo radio shack switchbox that i was using for RCA switching between gaming systems and just plugged the component cables into it. I cant notice a difference in quality so I guess Ill just leave it like that.
 

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No help here just someone in the same boat.

I am in the middle of setting up my projector as well and also need to connect X-Box, HD cable and a DVD player.

Good luck! I will check back later
 

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I use this guy it works just fine for me. The thing about the radio shack switches is they only have a 10mhz video bandwith, now I dont know whether thats significant, but thats supposedly not enough for HD. This one has a 100mhz bandwith and it only costs a little more, plus it has two outputs so you can run one component cable to your projector and one to a TV for SDTV veiwing, or whatever.
 

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I use this guy it works just fine for me. The thing about the radio shack switches is they only have a 10mhz video bandwith, now I dont know whether thats significant, but thats supposedly not enough for HD. This one has a 100mhz bandwith and it only costs a little more, plus it has two outputs so you can run one component cable to your projector and one to a TV for SDTV veiwing, or whatever.
Looks like a very nice unit. I really wonder if it makes that much of a difference though? I need to do a comparison of running through my switchbox and running straight to the pj...
 

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i bought the $15 rat shack switch as well. i didnt notice any degradation of dvd video. unfortunately i cant test HDTV yet since my cable box outputs progressive component and i dont have the x1 adapter yet for that.
 

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Well here is what I did. I ran one VGA cable through the wall and ceiling (along with S-vid and composit). At the wall, I have a DVD player with a component to VGA breakout cable and a computer with a VGA cable. I just plug in the one I want to use. Of course it helps that my equipment cabinet is directly behind the sofa, and computer is beside the sofa.
 

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upon reading this thread i went and purchased a radio shack 4-composite-1 switch. however i have a differing opinion:


signal quality did degrade noticable on dvd's. this may be due in part to cable lenght. i run a 12ft cable from the dvd player to the switch. from there i have a 23ft run to the l300u projector. however i have yet to make a full comparison. can anyone tell me if the 35 combined ft of cable travel can make a difference vs 23 ft? or is it indeed the switch?
 

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Yes, I would really love to hear from some of the really experienced and in-the-know folks about whether or not the Radio Shack NON-electronic rca switches degrade at all and if they recommend them for inexpensive, but very good quality switchers.


Thanks so much,
 

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I plan to do some unscientific testing and have friends and my gf sit in front of the projector while i switch back and forth between switchbox and straight through to the dvd player. I wont be telling them which is which and see if they can notice a difference or not...
 
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