Im looking to get a RGB (vga) cable for my LT150 and Im wondering if spending hundreds of dollars for a 25 foot cable is worth it. Is there a real world advantage or can I put some of that money somewhere else?
I purchased a 25' VGA 'Premium' High Resolution cable manufactured by Comprehensive. It is shielded and well-constructed. It cost just under $50 and a local pro video dealer. I'm using this between and iSCAN and an AE100 and the quality is great.
To some extent, higher cost is worth it as video is more sensitive than audio for most people. Thus quality cables are important; however, www.pccables.com mentioned earlier is a decent, high quality cable. At 25 feet there will be no problem (they have a MBG against quality issues). Just make sure you buy the SVGA and not the VGA cables. I use this brand personally with my LT150 at 25 feet and I LOVE my cable. I'm sure the more expensive cable is 'better' but you may not see the difference in quality . Save your money and buy some DVDs or better yet a HTPC which really shows LT150's power.
While we're talking about cables, I'm currently building my Theater which will have a ceiling mounted 75u (two RGB/VGA, composite, s-video). What should I run for cables? I was thinking of buying three of the 25' SVGA cables at pccables. Two for the projector to the rack, and one for the rack to my console area (Dreamcast). Beyond that, should I really worry about running s-video or even composite cables from either the rack to the projector or from the console area to the rack. Can I use the one VGA cable for X-box (Don't own) or PS-2 (Do own). Reading the problems about PS2 to projectors, I bought the Dreamcast specifically for gaming.
What does a VGA switcher buy me? The 75u has two VGA ports already, so it's much cheaper to just run two VGA cables to the projector. I'm thinking I'll leave it at that. If I need s-video, composite or something else, I'll get a viewsonic vb50 and convert to VGA.
Yes Svideo should be good quality to avoid loss and interference, especially those over 3 feet. At 12 to 15 feet, PC Cables have cost-effective Svideo cables also. I bought mine at www.cdw.com for 50 foot Belkin Silver Series Svideo cable for $28 shipped. I'm very happy with mine.
IMHO, the 2nd scenario (long Svideo and short VGA cables) will give the best quality due to multiple signals of VGA tend to get more interference.
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