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Recoton SVS1000 S-Video Switch (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Recoton
3.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • S-video, audio/video selector switch allows connection of up to four S-video or RCA audio/video components to a television or home theater system
  • Four S-video and four RCA stereo audio/video inputs
  • One S-Video output
  • One RCA stereo audio/video output
  • 1-1/8 inch (3.5 millimeter) stereo audio output
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Recoton
  • Model Number: SVS1000
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 90 days

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000031WCH
  • Item model number: SVS1000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Customer Reviews

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Most modern television sets come with only two Audio/Video (front and back), and one S-Video connectors. So what do you do when your DVD player, satellite receiver, Playstation, TiVo, etc want those for themselves?
You can either move your television and plug/unplug whatever you're going to use at the time (which can drive you nuts, not to mention wear out your connectors), or just invest in one of these little things.
I love how simple the Recoton is. You just plug your stuff into the back of it (up to 4 different devices), then run another set of cables from the "out" jacks to the back of your TV. That's it! I've seen other little boxes that do the same thing for hundreds of dollars, and need electricity to work. A total waste of money, in my opinion. I keep my Recoton on top of my television set, and switch between each device with a push of a button now. No more having to deal with wires everywhere or moving the TV.
The Recoton doesn't come with extra cables to run from the back of it to your TV set, so if you don't have some spare A/V and S-Video cables around, be sure to get a set. I personally use the brand from Monster Cable, which has wonderful picture quality.
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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
I ordered two of these from Amazon and I am very happy with them. They make switching between devices a breeze. It's so nice to have everything hooked up all at the same time. The Recotons don't need any power and the S-VHS and audio hookups are a breeze. I have fantastic video and sound from any of my dvd/laserdisc players...all with a simple click of a button. I love the simplicity of these devices and they work well and get the job done.
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I was getting frustrated because my "old" receiver/amp ran out of places to plug things in - I was having to choose which items to leave out and it was frustrating me that I couldn't enjoy my hi-fi system w/ all my devices. For just $20 this little device came to my rescue!
There's a MUCH more expensive version in the Crutchfield catalog (like $150). Sure that one has a few extra bells and whistles but I don't think it justifies teh $130 extra (like a remote that only has 3 buttons...? )
This sucker is all you need if you own a DVD, VCR, Game Station, etc...
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I use it for my TiVo, DVD player and PlayStation and it works great. If you don't mind pushing a button, then it is much easier on the wallet then the $80+ automatic models available. The only thing to be aware of is that it does not come with an extra S-Video/RCA cable to go from the box to the TV, so if you don't have one, be sure to pick one up at the same time.
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I'll echo all the other great reviews of this S-Video switch. I was a little wary of how cheap it is, but I shouldn't have been. It works beautifully- we have a DVD player/VCR/Replay TV/Cable box/Sound system hooked up to our tv through this switch. One great thing about it is that it does not need a power cord, so it's one less cord floating around.
Make sure that you buy any composite video or S-Video cables that you'll use to hook this up, though, as it doesn't come with any.
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Should have heeded warning from D. Nguyen. Purchased one of these based on good Amazon reviews and had the same result of absolutely horrible dot crawl on S-Video output when used for switching S-Video inputs. (Search "wiki dot crawl" for photo) The SVS1000 reviewed is one of the square front models with centered switches vs. the model with rounded front and switches to right. Not sure which model is newer, Recoton was purchased by Audiovox around 2004.

The package said this device would convert Composite video to S-video.

Decided to open box since it was unusable in current state, was dismayed by discovery. The advertized Composite to S-video conversion function is accomplished by a crude 4 component circuit permanently connecting the Composite and S-video outputs. This may work for conversion, but also causes distortion of S-video signals.

Both S-video and Composite signals are on separate circuit board traces from inputs through switches to outputs, just connected by the conversion circuit at output. Removed the 4 components (C1,C2,L1,RO), and the S-video signal distortion disappeared. Output is now crisp and clear.

Also discovered that the Left and Right audio for each input are shorted together on the printed circuit board resulting in only Mono audio at the output.
This is baffling because there are separate circuit traces and switch inputs/outputs for all audio signals on the PCB, but L/R are shorted by a circuit trace directly where the input audio connecters are soldered. No combining/current limiting circuitry, just a dead short. You can verify this by measuring resistance between left and right audio of any input. L/R audio outputs are not shorted until an input switch is selected.
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The other reviews are bewildering. This switch IS easy to use, but the output is absolutely terrible. You'll get blurriness and dot crawl added to any input. I don't consider myself skilled at seeing video imperfections, so it's not a subtle problem. It's very, very obvious and it's simply unacceptable.
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