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Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by mas Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:56 pm

Hi Everyone,
I just wonder if I should bother to get av cables for my genesis model 1 hd and genesis 3 model and my snes since I only use rf for everything. I have my systems on a 25 in flatscreen lcd and I was just wondering if it will make a big difference in the colors and background. Will it make games like sonic and rocket knight and mario all stars or donkey kong country look night and day? I just thought I would ask before I spend like twenty dollars or so for all the av cords for all three systems and find out it doesn't make much of a differance. Thanks ahead for the answer's.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by sabrage Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:01 pm

It'll make a massive difference. The hierarchy: HDMI=DVI>VGA>Component=RGB/Scart>S-Video>Composite>RF.

I'm sure someone might come along and debate the superiority of VGA over Component, but the point is that both are preferable to S-Video. If you have a model one SNES, I would recommend getting S-Video cables for that if you have the option.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by MrPopo Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:08 pm

Specifically, everything is much better than RF. The only advantage of RF is that you can naturally daisy chain everything, so you don't have to worry about switch boxes.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by harper Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:37 pm

Speaking from experience, if RF is what you're used to, it's not hurting anything to stick with that. I used RF for the longest time but now I have upgraded everything i use to at least composite (because that's what most systems come with when you buy them these days), and it does make a difference but I wouldn't recommend upgrading any higher unless you're just picky and don't mind paying quite a bit. The only systems that are absolutely horrible in RF (in my opinion) are the Saturn and Genesis.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by CRTGAMER Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:03 am

Get the best connection you can for each system. Composite will get rid of the RF fuzz for the Genesis. Even better, your SNES can go SVideo which offers Chroma Luma separation.

sabrage wrote:It'll make a massive difference. The hierarchy: HDMI=DVI>VGA>Component=RGB/Scart>S-Video>Composite>RF.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by RyaNtheSlayA Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:44 pm

sabrage wrote:It'll make a massive difference. The hierarchy: HDMI=DVI>VGA>Component=RGB/Scart>S-Video>Composite>RF.

I'm sure someone might come along and debate the superiority of VGA over Component, but the point is that both are preferable to S-Video. If you have a model one SNES, I would recommend getting S-Video cables for that if you have the option.


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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by Zing Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:09 pm

My experience with the NES is that RF is only slightly worse than composite. It's definitely noticeable, but not gamebreaking.

That said, if a composite cable is cheap and easy to get, there is really no reason not to if you plan on playing the system with any frequency.

You definitely want it for the Super NES so you can have stereo sound.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by nightrnr Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:43 pm

I have ALWAYS gotten bad interference while using RF connections (screen distortion and occasional scrambling). They are so finicky and temperamental. A/V is the way to go for most of my older systems.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by Valkyrie-Favor Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:16 pm

I use AV for everything. I've got a pretty big TV so I always try for the best connections...but then I have a box of like 100 cables somewhere in my basement, so I've rarely even had to go out and buy them. Use S-Video on the SNES if you can. The cables are real cheap (I got a universal Nintendo/PS/oXbox S-Video cable for $6). In my opinon that's definitely worth the money. Even with my VCR I always use Composite. It's a day and night difference for me. I think it's worth it - but some cables secondhand, and if you don't like them, resell them. No problem.

Keep in mind that with the SNES you'll also get stereo sound if you use the AV or S-AV cables. That's important.
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Re: Rf vs av for flatscreen tv's

by sabrage Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:17 pm

RyaNtheSlayA wrote:
sabrage wrote:It'll make a massive difference. The hierarchy: HDMI=DVI>VGA>Component=RGB/Scart>S-Video>Composite>RF.

I'm sure someone might come along and debate the superiority of VGA over Component, but the point is that both are preferable to S-Video. If you have a model one SNES, I would recommend getting S-Video cables for that if you have the option.


You forgot DisplayPort. :shock: :wink:

No, I didn't. :wink:
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