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Viewsonics VSIS-EU Cable TV Ground Loop Isolator

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  • Helps eliminate audio hum and horizontal scrolling bars caused by ground loops.
  • Low insertion loss - transparent to all cable TV signals and services, from 100Hz up to 860MHz.
  • Eliminates loops by isolating the ground connection between components so that currents cannot pass.
  • Should be used to supplement a well grounded system A/V Home Theater, when grounding issues persist.
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  • Brand Name: Viewsonics

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0017I3K9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 5, 2008

Product Description

When two or more devices are connected to a common ground through different paths, ground path noise or a ground loop can occur. This is actually quite common in home theater systems, even those that are well designed. The result of a ground loop is audio hum and/or horizontal bars in the TV picture. Disconnecting coaxial connections between components eliminates the hum or interference. If "beefing up" conventional ground connections and establishing solid ground points in your cable system does not resolve these problems, then a CableTVamps Ground Isolator is the most reliable way to fix it.

Customer Reviews

No hum now, and no annoying scrolling noise line over the picture.
Rich
If the hum disappears likely you have a ground loop causing the "buzz" or "hum" - Viewsonics VSIS-EU is your cure!
Bebahru
Never written a review before, but this product just made me so happy.
zeekay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By D. Hancharenko on July 8, 2010
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This story, like many others on this board, have striking similarities to each other.

1. I buy an expensive new media center toy...

2. I experience buzzing from my speakers with the new device installed...

3. Call the cable company after tracing the buzzing sound to a poorly grounded CATV line (house is properly grounded too)...

4. Cable guy comes out and finds no problem even though he can hear the buzz as I plug in and unplug the coax...

5. Cable guy says TV has to be up pretty loud to hear buzzing, blames problem on TV...

6. I go into GTFO of my house mode... (important step)

7. Buy Viewsonics VSIS-EU CATV Ground Loop Isolator...

8. Plug in isolator...problem solved...no more buzz....

9. Post wonderful review for this product, immediately...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Benedetti on March 25, 2009
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I have had horizontal lines going up my screen for years. Bands of color that are worse on some channels than others, and different dpending on what plug my cable box was plugged in. I have a pretty good "Pure AV" power cleaner and protector, but that didn't help at all. I thought it might be a ground loop feedback problem, but wasn't sure what would solve the problem. This did the trick! I just plugged it in, and no lines! Nice to see pure black images without the interference. Finally. Again, I wish I would have gotten one of these years ago. FYI, I'm using this with HD channels and no problem. I was a little concerned the cheaper ones might cause a problem with the bandwith and HD. This one works perfectly and no problems.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Rodriguez on December 5, 2010
I am not going to repeat yet another story about ground loop problems solved by this device but I wanted to add a bit of info that nobody has addressed in the previous 39 reviews. My particular situation affected both a home theater system and a computer due to using both cable TV and cable Internet and that the computer is also part of the home theater system. I placed the isolator right at the cable TV service drop before the splitter that splits the signal to the converter box and to the cable modem. Placing it just in the cable converter splitter leg would not solve the problem. Absolutely no problems with Internet connection speeds. The isolator is totally transparent to cable reception and Internet service.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Goddard on December 31, 2009
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I have Comcast as my cable provider, and their signal generates a ground loop when hooked up to my home theater system. Of course Comcast will not fix the problem for free (no customer service), and thus I needed to find a way to fix the AC hum and the vertical video bars that were being caused by marriage of Comcast and my home theater.

Enter the CURE. The Viewsonic Ground Loop Isolator was the miracle device that stopped the AC hum, and the vertical roll on my 55 inch Plasma.

Here is a hint when hooking up the device. First forget extra adapters. Just get a small section of RU6 with a F connector on each end. This will keep stress off the connection at the cable box. Then make sure the "system" side of the isolator is connected to the cable coming from the wall, and the "subscriber" side of the isolator connected to your short piece of RU6 that is then connected to your cable box. DO NOT USE THIS DEVICE WITH SATELLITE SYSTEMS.

I gave this device 5 stars because it works exactly as advertised!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Frank on May 9, 2009
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We've had scrolling lines in our cable signal for a while. We connect our cable over Component to our Sony HD TV as the two HDMI inputs were taken by the DVD and a computer. We knew we could solve the problem by either getting an HDMI switcher ($65 to $120) because the problem was only on analog connections. And we knew we could also get a professional 'Humbucker' ($400) for the Component lines, as we had solved the buzz in the audio system with a similar, and cheeper piece of gear. I had no idea this problem could be solved on the input side of the cable box. This device did the trick and for the right price!
As a side note, I did try and call Comcast to ask about putting a ground loop isolator in line before the cable box. That was useless. Nor had they any idea what video hum looked like.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Lampara on July 14, 2009
Had a hum on my cable box that really annoyed me, after getting no help from my cable company, I picked this up. The hum is completely gone and I have no distortion in my picture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bebahru on March 18, 2010
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When "Cable"; "DSL" telephone modems and some outdoor antennas are connected to your PC or audio system a ground loop can develop. This happens when your AC power system's earth ground and your "Cable" "DSL" or "Antenna" have an earth ground at a physical point removed from where your AC power provider grounded your breaker box. If you notice a "hum" or "buzz" in your audio (computer, home theater, etc.) a ground loop may be the problem. The Viewsonics VSIS-EU does a good job in isolating 75 ohm systems such as cable modems from your audio equipment. Therefore, with the VSIS-EU the ground loop no longer causes the "buzz" or "hum" in your audio system. One can experiment by disconnecting the round coaxial "F connector" from the cable modem, television or FM receiver. If the hum disappears likely you have a ground loop causing the "buzz" or "hum" - Viewsonics VSIS-EU is your cure!
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