Component cables in 2017

Discussion in 'Microsoft Xbox' started by CrashMidnick, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. CrashMidnick

    CrashMidnick Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Hi all,

    Is there any place in Europe (or worldwide) where I can buy new component cables for the orginial Xbox such as the Monster ones ? I mean not bad quality chinese cables found on ebay : I have tried 2 or 3 third party cables from there from different suppliers, picture quality is not too bad but sound is terrible (like amplified making noise in my speakers).

  2. VashTS

    VashTS Beat it, son

    Mar 14, 2009
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    Upstate NY
    i had mine from a local retro store. traded them to gamestop when i send my system back as they were just too damn bulky.
  3. DinohScene

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    I've had bad luck with the cheapo Chinese ones.

    Never heard anything good about other ones, except the official ones, but their extremely expensive to get a hold of unfortunately
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    Cheapo (back in the day anyway) cables always did fine for me, though I can well believe. I do also have to do the idiot check thing and make sure you are running a NTSC xbox or used the enigmah video switcher on a PAL one, and regardless have made sure your dash is set to higher res*.

    *some of the deinterlacers on more recent TVs have been crap so maybe consider 720p instead of 1080i, though said same TVs often have crap upscalers too so that might not be ideal either. Worth a try though.

    You can also make your own if you want. Cannibalise a set of nice shielded cables, do the proper mode select jumpers and that should make something better than MS ever made. has a pinout and there is probably a guide around somewhere if you want. Don't quote me on this but there is probably nothing to it other than cables and the selection -- no capacitors or anything, though I suppose you could add one for some extra filtering if you really wanted. To that end it is probably a 10 minute job for anybody that can solder, and not a bad one to learn on.
  5. CrashMidnick

    CrashMidnick Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Thanks mates for your replies.

    In fact I have 2 modded XBOX's, one has component cables called if I remember well "Dragon master XCM" or something, and it works really good on both consoles and same TV. Both Consoles have the same setup except the HDD size (NTSC, 720P). They are connected to the same audio system.

    When using the cheapo cables, they both react the same: at 1/3 of my system volume there is that damn sound like when you disconect the red and white cables for the audio and make a contact when the source is powered on. I think that those cables are not enough shielded.

    Anyway, I'll try to find a second hand monster cable or a Microsoft cable at a good price, if not I will mod a XBOX 360 cable ;)
    Last edited by CrashMidnick, Feb 20, 2017