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Old 11-15-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm new around here. I have a question for you guys.

I plan on purchasing the 32" Samsung LN32A300, which I believe is nearly the same as the LN32A330. The LN32A300 only has HDMI and Component inputs. Now for my question. Is it possible to connect an item with a composite cable into the component input?

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Hello, I'm new around here. I have a question for you guys.

I plan on purchasing the 32" Samsung LN32A300, which I believe is nearly the same as the LN32A330. The LN32A300 only has HDMI and Component inputs. Now for my question. Is it possible to connect an item with a composite cable into the component input?

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No, component requires 3 cables to work.
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I decided to do some research, and apparently if you take the yellow cable and insert it into the green input, the TV will recognize the video signal.
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I decided to do some research, and apparently if you take the yellow cable and insert it into the green input, the TV will recognize the video signal.
No, component requires 3 cables to work.
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No, component requires 3 cables to work.
Yes, actually. The A330 has a combined composite/component input. You can hook composite into one of the component inputs. Perhaps the A300 can too, but I am not sure.
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Yes, actually. The A330 has a combined composite/component input. You can hook composite into one of the component inputs. Perhaps the A300 can too, but I am not sure.
There are TVs with either/or inputs that have separate component-video and composite video sockets, of which only one can be active at any given time. With such an input one needs to configure it through the TV's menus. My JVC I'Art TV has such an input (# 4) that I was using as a component-video input until quite recently when I reconfigured it to composite-video so I could connect a Coupon Eligible Converter Box to it.

I haven't seen any but, I suppose it's possible to have such an either/or input which uses one of the component-video sockets (red, blue or green) rather than a separate socket for composite video after it has been configured that way through the TV's menus. I suppose it's also possible to have it auto-sense the signal and act accordingly.

Having said all that though, such inputs are specialized inputs that have been designed to act in this manner. However, regular component-video inputs cannot be used as composite-video inputs and attempting to use them that way could possibly damage the TV. Input number 2 on the above-mentioned JVC I'Art TV is a regular component-video-only input that cannot be used as a composite video input.

Bottom-line is that unless the TV's manual clearly indicates that a particular component-video input is an either/or input then one should assume that it cannot handle composite video.
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I agree, make sure to check your manual. If your component input can indeed handle the composite, it is most likely the green jack on the TV that you plug the composite cable into. On the TV, the if the green jack is labeled Y, then it probably won't work. If it is labeled Y/video, then it should. The manual should clearly state if you can do this, and even noting that it is okay that the color of the jack (green) doesn't match the color of the cable (yellow). And there should be nothing to adjust in the menus of the tv, other than to select the input.
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