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Nyko HD-Link for Wii
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- High quality video output for the sharpest, clearest picture
- View Wii games in perfect 480p resolution
- Extra long 8 foot cable for easy set up connection
- Shielded cable for interference-free audio and video
- Widescreen support
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So I thought I'd explain quickly the different. With one loan video signal cable (stand Wii, out of the box) your highest attainable resolution is 480i. The "i" stands for interlaced. What it means is that the video signal is interlaced into odd and even number vertical lines. You TV displays the odd lines first from top to bottom, then on a second pass, displays the even numbered lines from top to bottom. Then the cycle continues to repeat, refreshing the lines odd, even, odd even and you see "motion." All CRT TV (ones that have a Tube) the display is always interlaced video.
Now, in 480p, the "p" stands for progressive. In a progressive scan the entire image is refreshed top to bottom every pass. Today's LCD and Plasma screens always display progressive video. Because it only takes one pass to complete the entire video image, progressive scanned video tends to have slightly higher refresh rates. In video gaming, this can translate to slightly better image quality and less lag between the controller and the results on the display.
So here is the kicker: for a CRT to accept an incoming progressive video, it has to translate it (internally) to interlaced video. This translation takes time, which in turn adds lag and can slow down the reaction time in gaming. Because of this, any Wii hooked up to a CRT (or Tube) TV should be set to 480i. EVEN if you use component cables.
For LCD and Plasma TVs, any interlaced video incoming to the TV must be translated to progressive video.Read more ›
To those stating they can't notice a performance difference, it's true that the picture quality is almost the same. However, if you're going to play your Wii on an HDTV, I would highly recommend component cables due to the fact that using the AV input on an HDTV requires it convert the incoming signal, which adds lag to the display. Not noticeable usually with something like a DVD player, but with games the added latency is very noticeable between your button press and the reaction of the HDTV. The difference between AV and Component lag was very noticeable in my experience (I tested this with Mario Galaxy on a ViewSonic 19" HDTV).
Although, if lag is your biggest concern, best to just use an old crummy non-flatscreen TV, as they still have the quickest response times (even vs. component) in my experience.
Basically, it works as advertised. I did not see a lot of difference in using this cable over the component cable that came with the Wii except for games that have some kind of water content - like the golf game that comes with the Wii. With the component cable, the water does not look very realistic - pretty fake in fact. With the HD cable, the water looks like water and gives the game a little more realism. I do not have many games yet for my system so I cannot comment on other game differences with the 2 cables in comparison. My thought is that for $20, I got a cable that improved the graphics (water scenes) enough that I can better enjoy some games that are available with the Wii.
Note that when you replace the component cable that came with the Wii system with this cable, you have to go back into the Wii video options menu and change the screen resolution to take advantage of this cable's better properties.
As soon as I plugged in this cable I noticed everything looked much more crisp and virtual console games were much brighter. It's not as crisp and clean as my PS3 but I didn't expect it to be.
I wonder if some of the other people who don't notice any difference have changed the Wii's screen settings to 480p yet. Just a thought.
Anyway, if you have a bigger screen I really recommend getting this cable, it works great for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Replace your standard Wii a/v cable with this inexpensive component a/v cable for a simple and noticeable upgrade in picture quality. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew B
This worked great for my mom's Wii that she bought for when the grandkids come over.Published 9 months ago by JJW
Easily connected, video quality, while not terribly better is noticeably improved. Owned 6 months no issues.Published 9 months ago by Jeff Probst
Has held up for the last 6 years since purchase. I wish it was longer but the quality is good and I would reccomend.Published 11 months ago by Wicked Mainer
Makes your Wii 480p HD much better quality that the cables it comes with. A must have for any Wii owner.Published 11 months ago by SolidSShady