Mad Catz Universal Component Cable
Does exactly what you need for a good price.
I bought these cables for use primarily on my PS2, as playing the PS2 on an HDTV with regular old composite cables looks god-awful. So, I bought these, hooked them up (Make sure you check the switch on the cord, and for PS2 users you may have to change the Component out to Y/Cb instead of RGB in the system settings.) And wow, just wow. The picture came in much clearer, and everything looked enhanced. The only down-side is, that the jagged edges produced by the HDTV on 4:3 games are still present, but they're ignorable. I already owned Component cables for my Xbox 360, but I switch them over to see the result. They're about the same, but I think I'll stick to the official Microsoft cables for my Xbox 360. But for the PS2, just wow, and if you have a PS3 or Wii, you're in luck as well. I've heard that these cables glitch on the Wii, but I don't own a Wii, so I can't say. These cables are a good buy, and if you're in need of component cables for a cheap, affordable price, here they are!
Not for Wii
I had bought this product for my Wii so i can play in HD and for the price i couldn't complain, but as soon as i got home and hooked it up i soon realized that i should have spent the extra money and got the nintendo brand. The screen was a greenish grey, at first I thought my HD cable jacks were shot, turns out it wasn't the case. I tested it out on my XBOX 360 and it worked so i pluged the cable back in to my Wii and went into the screen options and it wouldn't even let me switch to the HD settings on my Wii. I had read up on some other reviews to see if this kind of problem was happening to other people who had bought this product and sure enough it was. So I went out and bought the Nintendo Brand Component cables, hooked it up and had HD for the Wii. So if you are planing on Buying this product for your Wii save yourself the trouble, spend the extra money and get the nintendo brand. Just because it a good price doesn't mean its a good product. It like the old saying you get what you pay for
I read the other reviews, and this product is much better that most people say. Yes I ran into the same problem, black and white, fuzzy, seeing double, all of that. The solution is simple, there is a box in the middle of the cord, it has a switch, press the switch. It switches it to HD, so you will get the picture that you want. I bought this product solely for the Wii, I already have HDMI cables for my 360. I even compared these cords with my mother's Wii brand component cables, and I can not find a difference in the pictures. This product is excellent and excels at what it does. In this case, a cord is a cord, it does exactly what the name brand does. At first I was just going to buy the Wii cords cause I figured that they were the best and it would be a huge difference if I bought off brand cables. Well, these were half price of the name brand and do exactly the same thing. Good buy!
CHECK THE SWITCH
I was furious when I first hooked this thing up. Getting into the box was nearly impossible. I have about 5 HD sources, so plugging it in was a headache. Then, when I finally got it plugged in, everything was black and white. There were NO instructions in the box. Fine, I figured I'd just have to set 480p in my Wii settings. The option for 480p was grayed out and unavailable. I messed with it for an hour before giving up and going back to the SD cable. I boxed it up to take it back to the store. Before I took the cable back though, I was killing some time and figured I'd write a scathing review here. But when I looked at the review section, it got a 9.0 from the 2 other reviewers. I read their reviews and noticed something about a switch on the box. There is no box attached to this cable. So, I got it out again and looked up and down the cable. Lo and behold, there it was, right there near the Wii plug end of the cable, reading "TV" on one side, and "HDTV" on the other. I plugged it back up and set the switch to HDTV. The setting came available on the Wii settings menu, no longer grayed out. I selected it and hit confirm, and I was in HD heaven. So there you go. If mine came without instructions, yours might as well, so hopefully a Google search will crop up this review and restore your sanity.
Buyer Beware - Problematic Packaging/Advertising
Okay, so I got this cable expecting it to be pretty plug-n-play. I mainly got it for my Wii so I could get component output from it. But when I first plugged it in, all I got was AV output with greatly dimmed colors and weird audio. But lo-and-behold, there is a stupid freaking switch on the cable that changes the output from AV to Component. Why this is an option, I have no idea, but keep that in mind if you ever plan on buying this.
WORKS ON Wii!
I just want to clear something up for over 2/3 of the reviews on this product. YES! it does work for every system that it is designed for. That includes Xbox 360, PS3, and finally the Wii. Everyone complains about not having color and lines in their screen. For one minute i had the same problem. However I had a feeling it had to be something small. It was, look at the box just before the three cables split, there is a switch, HD / TV all you have to do is flip that little switch and magically, get this, HD WORKS :D All it takes is reading the Package, hope this helps people out looking for an opinion from someone who looks at the obvious.
Doesnt work with my Ps3 :(
I was in need of a Component wire for my ps3. I have HDMI but that doesnt connect to my Capture card. so i Bought this being the cheapest component cable i can get. it doesnt work with my Ps3, but it does work with my Xbox 360. I doubt i have a Faulty wire since other reviews say the same. It does look just fine on my Xbox 360 atleast. the design is good. Normaly the 3 AV plugs are on 1 side and the 3 Component plugs are on the other, but this wire has all the Video related plugs (4) on 1 side and the 2 audio plugs on the other, I like that. the last throwoff i have about it is the Durabilty. the wire feels hollow and it is also Bent/Twisted because of the way it was sealed in the packages, normally you can shake it off but it seems to be bent still, durability worries me. if you need a Component cable that works with the Xbox 360 i recomend this but it doesnt work with the Ps3 and I am not sure about the Wii
Read the instructions...
This is a cable - not a video system. It works fine, and the quality is completely acceptable. You can only plug it into one device at a time as stated in the instructions. The other end has video and audio RCA jacks. It connects to a regular yellow, white, red audio/video triplet, or it connects to a five jack component audio/video interface. The component interface consists of the green, blue, and red connectors which are together on the lead end of the cable with the other yellow jack (not used for component connections), and the two white and red connectors which serve the audio for either configuration. Finally, you set the switch on the cable block at the game connector end of the cable to AV or CV. It's a low tech solution to a high tech problem. If you have problems with it, suspect something else - cable placement, switch position, system settings, or interference from power lines. Mad Catz has been making all sorts of affordable quality products that my family and I have enjoyed now for years. If you need a cable longer than seven feet, find another solution. If you need a shorter cable, don't buy one thats seven feet long.
Honestly, I don't understand all the negativity on this cable. I bought it for my Wii because it was cheap, it was universal (though at the time I had neither of the other two systems), and would do what I needed. Obviously, the Wii isn't super high quality, but still, I wanted that extra boost when I bought an HDTV. I've had it over two years, and it's held up fine. I just recently got an XBOX 360, and decided that I didn't want to unhook the Wii from the component cable as well, so I tried plugging them both in at the same time. You can have both plugged in (if you have them close to each other, the split isn't too long, so your other cables won't reach far) and as long as they're not both on at the same time, obviously, it'll work! It's so convenient to have both hooked up to the same spot! So if you can have them side-by-side, get it for multiple systems! It's well worth the $18, and I usually don't support Mad Katz!
Works great - but with a catch.
I read some mixed reviews of this between here and other sites. And when I first connected it to my Wii and HDTV it was a black and white picture and I was pretty annoyed. However - after I changed the switch on the box from TV to HDTV, it worked great and I changed the Wii's output to 480p. I also connected my PS2 to the same set of cables and it also worked just fine. The catch is that I ran into an issue when trying to use the Wii when it was also connected to the PS2 (even though it was off) - I got no sound from the Wii. Once I disconnected the cable from the PS2, the Wii sound worked fine. But I think I'm going to try an optical digital cable out of the PS2 and see if that will fix it. If not, I may just have to switch back to the regular PS2 AV cables since I really bought this just for the Wii. I'm not even sure if the cables are INTENDED to be connected to multiple devices at once - so it may be my problem by attempting to do that.