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- Enhance your Wii experience!
- The Component Video Cable signal will display a richer and cleaner picture than what is obtained using a Stereo AV cable.
- Allows you to hook your Wii console system to a high-definition TV (HDTV) or enhanced-definition TV (EDTV) to view 480p progressive output.
- Length: Approx. 56 in / 142 cm
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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.
I did a little research and found out that I would need this for my Wii. After buying this I hooked it up to my Wii and it didn't quire work for me. I was still unable to get a picture. I found out there was one thing I didn't know; I would need to make one other purchase to get this to work on my TV. Here's the link to the other device I bought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VJ9RP6/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_5. I then plugged these cables into the component converter (the device in my above link) and plugged an HD cable into the component converter and my TV. After doing all this I was finally able to get my Wii to work on my TV.
So it turns out that if you're looking to do what I did you'll need to invest a little bit of extra money than you might have thought. Let me also make note that the original Wii cannot broadcast in HD; these cables will simply allow your Wii to be played on your HDTV.
But then...few months later, I started getting these weird colors when I turn on the wii, it was the same as when you plug your connectors backwards!! so I go behind the TV, unplug everything...they're color coded so I plug everything back again and Vola.... im back in full colors again...great!! oh but not so fast...next time I turn on the device I go through a little bit of gameplay or netflix and then bam...again same problems,so I'm thinking kids must've unplugged it and re-did it backwards!!!
I check, everything is where it's supposed to be, so I go thru some device/TV reseting,un-plugging and re-plugging, I get colors back, next time same story......long story short, it got to where the awkward colors is all I get now...I try different ports on the back of my TV no help, so I swapped the cables back to my original wii cable and no problems.
Overall I'm giving this product 2 stars instead of 1 because it was inexpensive and it did work for a little bit, I wish I could've returned it, but it was too late to do so.
so next time I want a higher difenition cable for the wii I will be spending a little bit more on a better quality cable and save myself the headache!