Differences between component cables?

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    TrantaLocked
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    I have been trying for a while to get the picture from my Xbox through OSSC looking bright enough and I’m back to the hypothesis that there is something wrong with my setup that I am missing. There is just no way the picture is that dim at stock settings with all kinds of monitor gamma settings I throw at it. Also, the picture needs a bit of blue gain (for which I use offset instead since chroma gain on the OSSC doesn’t work the way you would want it) and that makes me think there is interference between the component lines.

    I own a set of these modded Xbox 360 component cables. The same guy also makes these slightly beefier cables. The XOSVP is out of stock. The SCART YPbPr to OSSC cable on retrogamingcables is out of stock. The monster cables on ebay are $60+. I’m willing to buy a more expensive option but I would really prefer not buying something that won’t make a difference.

    There is an interesting discussion on this from 2003. The sentiment seemed to be that monster cables may provide a brighter picture. Would a used monster cable be fine after 15+ years? It’s a big investment for a single set of cables.

    #47055
    BuckoA51
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    I’ve certainly not had any brightness issues using the official HDTV pack with my Xbox. I doubt the monster cable could have gone off though.. though you could consider the MakeMHZ HDMI mod instead now.

    #47063
    TrantaLocked
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    I’ve certainly not had any brightness issues using the official HDTV pack with my Xbox. I doubt the monster cable could have gone off though.. though you could consider the MakeMHZ HDMI mod instead now.

    I just got a Sony Trinitron 1080i with DVI input and am waiting for the MakeMHZ HD+ mod shipment. That could be a combination I put many hours on. The Sony CRTs have a ton of options including gamma out the wazoo so I am sure I will get an awesome picture for the Xbox.

    I’m still leaning on the brightness issue just having to do with gamma curve shape and not level, which isn’t really rectified with a standard gamma correction. Or it’s just my bias, whatever causes it. But that is why I bought the Sony CRT, because it “should” look correct especially direct over component from the Xbox. That’s why I hope MakeMHZ and citrus3000 are considering implementing custom gamma curves or at the least a toggle between “modern standard” and “CRT,” because again modern 2.5 isn’t the same as CRT 2.5. In my opinion that is the only true way to get it right, and I just talked to N64 freak where mentioned how hard it was to get the levels right for different screens. If you implement a toggle as a user option that accurately compensates depending on the type of display, as in more accurate than just changing gamma level, it will make for a better product that everyone can rely on. Especially considering these mods will semi-permanently change your video output.

    I have an update on this here. Also, there is no difference between the modded Xbox 360 cable and the Monster. The color issue I had was due to display white temperature differences. With bad component cables you will see a more distinct pure green tint rather than a yellow one like I was seeing.

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