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Video splitter question...

Discussion in 'HDTV Equipment (Closed Forum)' started by Mark Holtz, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    Any suggestions as to a video splitter that will allow me to input a S-Video signal and output either a S-Video or Composite signal? I want to divide up my signal from my DirecTiVo to several sources:

    INPUT: DirecTiVo (S-Video, L/R audio)
    OUTPUT: TV (S-Video, L/R audio)
    OUTPUT: Computer for video/audio capture (S-Video, L/R Audio)
    OUTPUT: Stereo (L/R Audio)
    OUTPUT: VCR (Composite, L/R Audio)
    OUTPUT: Future DVD-R recorder? (S-Video, L/R Audio)

    Okay, maybe I can get away with just a S-Video splitter. Is Radio Shack's any good? Any suggestions?
     
  2. lazaruspup

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    Mark, I don't have a tremendous amount of experience with s-video distribution other than working in home theater installs for a year or two. I know that the products we used for this type of application was made by Genesis Cable Co. They are a high end cable and splitter manufacturer. This was about two years ago. I can ask around to a few of my former colleagues and find out what their suggestion is. The RS stuff is ok, but don't expect real great build quality. I would say if it is affordable, jump on it.
     
  3. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    I've used S-Video splitters by Hosa with generally good results. Are you planning on outputting to several devices at once? If so, you might want to look into a distribution amplifier. The real hitch, as I see it, it your VCR and its need for composite input. You could use a dongle to convert S-Video to comoposite for that purpose, but you might be better served by just biting the bullet and getting a low priced DVD recorder.
     
  4. AllieVi

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    I'm going to assume your computer erred and thought you meant "component" when you really typed "composite"...

    A seller on eBay has a distribution amp that inputs s-video and/or composite. One in/four out. You'll find it on an eBay search for "s-video distribution." at the following link:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14968&item=5770849609&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

    note - the complete link didn't want to appear here, so I had to break it into two parts - you'll have to piece them back together

    Radio Shack has something similar. Check catalog #15-1172 on their web site.

    Fixed broken link - Holtz
     
  5. Mark Holtz

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    Nope, I meant composite. Component is Y/Pr/Pb.

    Is the Radio Shack unit any good?
     
  6. AllieVi

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    Now that I re-read your original post, I see that the word "component" was never used. I found and repaired the broken link between my eye and my brain... :)

    I can't vouch for this particular Radio Shack item, but other amplifiers from them seem to work as well as any others.

    A year or so ago I found lots of similar distribution amplifiers on eBay made by Audio Authority, apparently a high-end producer of such things.

    Good luck.
     

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