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!
Not so great.
I had to buy component cables for my PS3 because I had bought a new TV, and the TV didn't have a 3.55mm jack so I couldn't use my headset at that moment. To be able to use my headset, as well as use my Elgato HD Capture Card(Highly recommend getting one), I would have to buy compenent. Now, this product does have a good price, and they do what they are supposed to. The problem I have and, after reading other reviews, other people have, is that they cut video and audio feed to your TV for about 2 seconds. Now when this cut happens while recording, it loses all progress that was recorded as well as causes the Elgato to kind of crash. It flickers your video feed after while it tries to reconnect, which does irritate me when I'm recording while playing FPS games like Call of Duty. And even when I'm not recording, it still cuts out, so I know it isn't the Elgato's fault. If you want component cables that will allow you to play at a reasonable price, these are for you. But I would still recommend paying a little bit more for better quality as I should have done.
Good, but lacking.
The cable itself gets the job done. That is if you don't mind the constant cutting out you receive. After having these for a few weeks, I simply cannot play with them. As a gamer, I record with an Elgato Game Capture Card. With my new TV, I had to change from the AV I was previously using to component. This being the best(and only) one they had, I bought it knowing they told me it would do the job. It would allow me to use my console, use my headset with piggy back cords, and record my gameplay. It does that. But every 10 minutes or so, it would cut out. I tried this without my piggy back cables as well, and the problem still occurred, clearing up that issue. Neither do I. For some reason, the flickering cuts my recording as well, resulting in blackness for another minute or so, which is a constant pain because then I can't record lengthy videos without the video cutting out and messing up. The the cable itself is the issue currently, which is why I'm scoring it low. No one wants to play while the screen cuts out for two seconds, and neither do I.
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.
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.
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!
I bought this product because I have all three systems and I travel a lot so it has been awesome to carry with me. Carry this one cord has beat lugging around three different cords by a long shot!
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.