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    What are component cables for?

    Okay, I confess, my 10-year old is the one who wants the Wii and I haven't goe any idea about what's involved with it - I'm looking for one for a Christmas present (this is so unfair to us poor mothers! ). But, I keep seeing things about componenet cables and I don't know what they are. Do we need them to operate the wii? Or if I get the console will that keep him happy for a while? tia

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    Hi lhohara,

    component cables are not required, however if you have a TV that supports HD (high definition) or ED (enhanced definition) the picture quality will look a lot better... the wii supports resolution up to 720P it will also do 480P.... so check if your TV supports these modes, if not and it is an older TV you can just stick to the regular composite cables it comes with..

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    Ah, all makes sense. My tv is HD compatible but we haven't gotten the upgrade so looks like I'll be okay. If I every get a wii...

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    You do not need component cables to use the Wii. As Mike all ready explained, they are just if you want improved graphics.

    If you do choose to get them I believe as of now they are only availible online on Nintendo's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhohara View Post
    Ah, all makes sense. My tv is HD compatible but we haven't gotten the upgrade so looks like I'll be okay. If I every get a wii...
    the component cables are three colours...red green and blue
    if you have those three input jacks on the back of your tv you can use them and shouldn't need any other upgrade
    you would will still need the regular red/white cables for audio OR an optical audio cable since component cables only carry video and not sound

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    Can you use composite cables in place of component, they do fit... but im wondering if there is any difference in quality between the actual cables... they seem to look the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper View Post
    Can you use composite cables in place of component, they do fit... but im wondering if there is any difference in quality between the actual cables... they seem to look the same...
    Your TV must support component cable inputs.
    The cables themselves are just wires, the increase in picture quality is because the video signal is carried on three seperate cables instead of just a single cable like with the standard composite cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper View Post
    Can you use composite cables in place of component, they do fit... but im wondering if there is any difference in quality between the actual cables... they seem to look the same...
    There is a noticable difference in my opinion.
    Check these out:
    http://www.gamespot.com/features/6162297/p-2.html

    If you ask me, the extra 30 dollars seems worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus View Post
    Your TV must support component cable inputs.
    The cables themselves are just wires, the increase in picture quality is because the video signal is carried on three seperate cables instead of just a single cable like with the standard composite cables.
    So are you saying the yellow (video only) composite wire is replaced by three component wires? Component cables only have video and I'll still need to use the Red and White composite cables for audio?
    Sorry for my ignorance ^^"
    Last edited by Jamezli; 12-06-2006 at 04:06 PM.

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    I understand the difference between component/composite i was asking if you can use the composite cables in the component terminals. It's just wire I realize... i assume it should work fine and allow higher resolution....

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