Picture quality with S-Video vs RF output

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I would like to connect a receiver to my Windows Media Center computer. Does anyone have any real world experience comparing the picture quality of an S-Video connection with RF? It appears that the 211k is the only one of the most current receivers to offer S-Video.
 
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As you probably know, S-video is better than composite, but that's about all I can say. It's far better than nothing.
 
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It appears that the 211k is the only one of the most current receivers to offer S-Video.
Except for the 111 and the ViP722K, ALL recent DISH Network receivers and DVRs have an S-VHS output.

The key may actually be in what gives you the best audio quality.
 
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I have my 722 hooked up to a $100 RCA DVD recorder. Using the RF output makes a herringbone pattern on the screen, but using a UHF attenuator induces snow. S-Video output is fine (for 480i).
 
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On a SDTV you can barely tell the difference between the two but on a HDTV S-Video makes a HUGE difference. I have a 625 connected to my 37inch HDTV using S-Video. The picture is more focused and clean using the S-Video output compared to the coax output.
 
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My last CRT TV that I bought in 2000 only had a coax input. It made no sense that a RCA TV did not have any RCA jacks. I glad I gave that thing to my mother when I got my HDTV last year. I have my dish receiver connected using HDMI and Component. The only thing I have connected to the coax is my antenna for OTA.
 
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Does anyone have any real world experience comparing the picture quality of an S-Video connection with RF?

RF is the LAST connection of choice you should be using - if nothing else, WHY in the world would you not use a composite (yellow) connector over RF??? :confused: :confused:

It appears that the 211k is the only one of the most current receivers to offer S-Video.

Uh, as others have eloquently pointed out to you, almost EVERY E* receiver, both made NOW & before, have S-video outs. All current SD receivers do & other than the 722k, all HD do, too.
 
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RF is the LAST connection of choice you should be using - if nothing else, WHY in the world would you not use a composite (yellow) connector over RF???
the svideo connection would still be better than the composite connection.
 

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