View Full Version : BNC vs VGA
07-03-2001, 04:05 AM
I have a NEC FP1350 22" monitor and I'm thinking of buying a VGA to BNC cable. Honestly, the display looks fine to me going through VGA all around. I'm wondering how much of a difference going into 5-connector BNC would make.
If it's noticeable, I might jump on it. After all, why fork out the money on a nice monitor and go cheap on the cable.
If it makes a difference, I'm thinking of a Belkin (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Product_Id=18166) cable. Look at the description. It's pretty funny in the dumbest way.
It's true. My roommate looks just like Pootie Tang.
07-03-2001, 11:57 AM
if your using an adaptor then i doubt your going to see an improvement. Its still the same signal, but now its going through BNC instead of VGA. I think in order to see some real improvement the cable needs to be BNC from the video card. Just a thought... can anyone confirm/deny?
I've never seen or heard of a videocard with BNC outputs.
07-03-2001, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the link to that thread, sbp.
Originally posted by hapoo
if your using an adaptor then i doubt your going to see an improvement. Its still the same signal, but now its going through BNC instead of VGA. I think in order to see some real improvement the cable needs to be BNC from the video card. Just a thought... can anyone confirm/deny? I was thinking along the same lines. That's why I asked. I'm tempted to buy the cable. $40 isn't too much, but then again I've been spending too much money lately. Just upgraded to a 1.4GHz Athlon, bought this monitor, and now I'm ditching my memory for some Crucial memory that will run more reliablly at 133MHz. This is all in the last month. Hurts on a college budget.
07-03-2001, 11:08 PM
Originally posted by chosenfool
I checked this about 2 week ago. I changed the BNC connector back to the 15-pin D-sub connector after having the BNC for over 5 weeks, just to see if there really is any difference. i must say, the visual quality isnt as crisp, but i noticed it ONLY when i was working with the same image files as before with the BNC connector. Same settings, same video card, same configurations (trinitron-based 19" monitor, 64MB GF2 Pro, 16bit@1600x1200@85Hz). This time i wasnt up at 4AM, it was 5PM and im wide awake, my senses alert. I had it on for about 3 days. I could see some subtle "softening" of the same image files i worked on before, compared to when i had the BNC connector on. I changed back to the BNC connector after i was satisfied with my curiosity.
My suggestion? If you have a BNC connector, use it. Its an expensive connector, so might as well put it to use. If you dont have it, its not really THAT big of a deal. I noticed the difference only when i worked closely with an image file i worked on before the switch. For everyday use, there really isnt THAT big of a difference (not that noticeable). Its very subtle. I think I'm convinced! Thanks for the feedback.
If you can tell the difference between a BNC cable and a VGA cable you must have some very good eyes. there is no difference that I can tell and I would recommend not to switch to BNC unless it's really cheap or your VGA cable is broken.
I have a geforce2 gts and a iiyama vision master pro 450 monitor and with the bnc cable I don't see any improvement.
Only reason I got a bnc cable was because my vga cable broke. and the sony bnc cable was only $15 used.
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