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Worth it for me: makes a small but noticeable improvement. Will it work for you?,
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Summary: made a small but noticeable improvement for me, and worth the small investment
For this to work for you:
1) you need a TV capable of displaying the 480p resolution using component video inputs (three jacks that look like stereo jacks but usually marked blue, green, red). Most LCD and Plasma TVs should be able to do that. Possibly some older high-end sets will.
2) you need to switch the TV input to use the component inputs
3) you need to change the Wii Settings to use 480p after completing 1 and 2.
4) your TV probably has stereo input jacks, which will help avoid a problem discussed below.
My Sony Bravia LCD TV meets these requirements, and I care about small details and subtle improvement, so for me paying seven dollars with shipping was definitely worth the modest improvement. If I bought the official Nintendo-made component cable for thirty dollars plus tax, I'm not sure the improvement would be with the money.
With this cable, the picture looks slightly more sharp, crisp, vivid, which I like. The ugly "jaggies" are more clearly ugly, as expected. (Jaggies are staircase edges for diagonal lines and circles that are mostly visible in low-resolution graphics where smooth tones / anti-aliasing is not used to hide them.) The Wii already has jaggies with the standard cable, but they are sharper and thus more obvious with the component cable cable.
Another change (for me) is that the picture appears a bit brighter. The colors are vivid, as before, and a bit lighter, especially the whites. You could get a similar effect with the standard cable by adjusting your TV's controls, and if you don't like the brightness with the component cable, you could tone it down the same way.
Using either the standard or component cable, you will get the same actual graphics resolution (480 lines), which is all the current Wii can do. You will not get HD (which is 720 or 1080 lines). Still, progressive scan (480p) does look a bit sharper and more vivid than interlaced scan (480i), and that is the main reason for getting this cable.
My cable is new, so I can't say how it will last (will update if it fails), but it seems very well made and I expect no problems. I bought it in April 2009 from eForCity. Quality may vary, judging by some of the other reviews I found for the same product page. I see no reason to buy the considerably more expensive Nintendo-made cable unless you cannot otherwise find a quality generic cable.
The cable I received is close to six feet long (have not measured). Some cables are "extra long" at eight feet. I prefer a shorter cable so I don't have to coil it up, because that can cause video distortion problems.
POTENTIAL WIRING PROBLEM. In addition to the component picture plugs (3), there are also two (stereo) audio plugs. You can plug these into your TV, and run a cable from your TV audio output to your amplifier like I did, or use the TV speakers. The audio connectors are meant to be plugged into the TV near the component video inputs; they won't reach much past that. If you want to connect directly to your amplifier, you will need a stereo extension cable (female on one end, male on the other) or a stereo female-female adapter and an extra cable.
My four-star rating means this cable does exactly what it should do very well, with no particular benefits over similar products, and I'm totally satisfied. I reserve five stars for products that excel the others or exceed my expectations.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2010 2:51:04 PM PST
T. Beaulieu says:
Good review, but as a note, "i" does not stand for interpolated. Rather, it's interlaced. There's a big difference. Interpolated means data is being "made up" to fill in missing holes. This is what happens on a digital camera when you use electronic zoom. Junk. Interlaced is when the tv displays all the data that's available, but in two passes. The only difference, I'd think, is lack of flicker.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2010 1:56:22 PM PDT
Chris Mathew says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010 11:14:21 AM PST
Thanks, Todd. You're right, and I corrected it. I actually do know the difference and I "meant to" say interlaced. While this is a small error, the meaning is indeed important.
Posted on May 14, 2011 11:44:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2011 11:44:26 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 5:38:40 AM PDT
Upscaling may or may not provide a more pleasing picture, but it is most definitely still 480p. It cannot create higher resolution without more information from the game. It may make it look smoother, but sometimes it just looks blurry or smeared.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 9:37:41 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 9:51:00 AM PST
Overpriced? $7 with shipping did not seem too high to me. Crap? I think not. As I said, I do notice an improvement in sharpness. The cable seems well made and has lasted, and will probably continue to. The point of my review is that the improvement may be worth it to some but not others.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 9:50:24 AM PST
Mike H, Cxt says:
I think the previous post, that you are replying to, is not referring to this product. It is talking about the HDMI for Wii that is being advertised by poster HDMI a few posts above, and is by default not shown due to no one thinking it helps the discussion. I was on their page yesterday and saw the claim that bad reviews were essentially due to fake product that mimicked theirs. Plus, they claim 1080p for the Wii, which obviously isn't possible as far as actual output. It may work at 1080p with their device, but they act like it broadcast in that format. I guess the correct word would be up-scaling (?).
And that product is overpriced. So yeah, it sounds like Cyberxion is talking about that, not this review or product.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 12:29:22 PM PST
Thanks for explaining it. I think it is probably possible to convert from 1080i to 1080p. It really is the same resolution, just a question of what order the data is pumped out. A TV is effectively making such a conversion anyway, and with digital technology, I'm not sure you'd see much of a difference over 1080i, much as "upscaling" cannot add information going from DVD to 1080p, other than interpolating what is there.
Posted on Aug 16, 2012 1:50:58 AM PDT
Dave Tormala says:
I want to buy this but I want to know if this will help and make the text more clearer and easier to read. I got this game. Fishing Resort and there is alot of jagged edges with the text and its kinda annoying on a full 1080 HD tv. Thanks.