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Reception on 32" LCD 720p tv when playing Wii and PS2?

by johoe / December 11, 2007 4:21 PM PST

My family has X-box 360, Wii, PS2, Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo. We were about to purchase a 32" Samsung LCD 720p TV just for gaming. The salesperson told us that the X-box will look great but the other systems will look worse than on our older TV. He told us we could improve the picture a bit with component cables for the Wii and PS2. He suggested we would not be happy with the LCD. This is the first I have heard about this. Now I don't know if we should buy an LCD or regular TV. This tv will not be used in the near future for watching TV shows or DVDs.

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Don't listten to them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2007 11:50 PM PST

At 32 inches your 480p content will be just fine. Unless you sit a few inches from the screen?

Bob

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Thanks, I'll buy the LCD.
by johoe / December 12, 2007 12:11 AM PST
In reply to: Don't listten to them.

Thank you for clearing this up for me. We will be sitting about 6 to 10 feet away.

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The Wii can do 480p with just a little help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2007 11:29 AM PST
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Wow. What a Deal
by johoe / December 12, 2007 3:53 PM PST

Have you oredered from that site before? The cheapest I have seen in a retail store was $25.

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Lcd...
by not2worried / December 12, 2007 1:56 AM PST

HDTV will show the flaws easier with older systems. Just like it does with older tv programing. But I really wouldn't worry about it.
It should still look good. Component Cables do help a little. More for the Wii then the Ps2. I'd go LCD.. The 360 will really take use of it.

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I'm with Bob
by Jimmy Greystone / December 12, 2007 6:54 AM PST

I'm with Bob, the salesman is full of it and/or trying to pad a sales bonus by getting you to buy extra stuff.

Your 480i (since most games don't support progressive scan in previous generations) content will probably look about the same.

I won't say component cables for the Wii are a bad idea, you just don't need it for the reasons the salesperson is claiming. You can also get component cables for the PS2, but so far as I know, the N64 and SNES never had nor never will have anything but composite or an RF modulator.

One thing that would be worth looking into, if you haven't done so already, is a good source selector. It would save you from having to keep mucking about with the cables every time you wanted to switch consoles. Just be wary of source selectors with LAN support, since they usually cut off the LAN connection if you switch sources.

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The Salesman was not on commission
by johoe / December 12, 2007 7:21 AM PST
In reply to: I'm with Bob

Hi Jimmy,

I don't think the salesman was trying to pad his sales , first he is not on commission and second because he told us we would not be happy with the LCD and to rethink. He made us think we should buy the cheaper CRT tv. The added cables were if we bought the LCD.

I don't know if I want the source selector. When the system is not being played with, I want all the consoles put away in a shelfing unit and not laying around. I also don't want a box with losts of cables sitting out.

So, is it worth considering the Wii component cables but not the PS2's. I saw a website the shows screenshots of the improvements with the Wii cable.

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Well
by Jimmy Greystone / December 12, 2007 9:56 AM PST

Well, a lot of these salesmen may not necessarily be on a paid commission, but they tend to always have certain quotas they need to meet. Especially at discount electronics retailers like Best Buy. If someone doesn't peddle enough of those extended warranties on whatever, they're usually fired. Of course, I might just be being overly cynical, so who knows. Maybe you stumbled across one of the few honest salesmen out there.

For the most part, I'd say component cables are wasted on the PS2. It can only do 480p at maximum, and very few games support the progressive scan mode. There will be some image quality improvement, simply by nature of splitting the video signal up into 3 different components instead of trying to cram it all onto the same wire, but I don't know that it's enough to justify the price of the cables. Unless you are obsessed with having the absolute best image quality possible, the standard composite, or even s-video, will likely be just fine.

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I will wait on cables
by johoe / December 12, 2007 11:23 AM PST
In reply to: Well

Thanks Jimmy

I will buy the LCD and forget cables especially for PS2 until I see how the games look

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Confused
by SMFox1987 / January 26, 2009 8:05 AM PST
In reply to: I will wait on cables

I recently got a 52" LCD myself. Heh, the PS2 quality is so horrible that I can't even play my games on it. I understand a bigger HD tv showing the flaws, but it almost seems a little too ridiculous that my PS2 has become unplayable on the dang thing. Heck, I'd be happy if the dang thing just downgraded the quality for me so I could at least still use it. Even so, I will try component cables to see if it does anything for me.

The games I'm trying to play use progressive scan, such as Star Ocean and other Square-Enix games, but alas, the result is the same extremely fuzzy low quality picture.

Unless anyone has any other suggestions...

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