Using the Correct Audio and Video Cables


Premium home entertainment has never been more accessible—and more versatile.  But as you set up your equipment you will find the need for many different kinds of audio and video cables. Yes, there are actually many different kinds of cables to connect your television and computer with speakers, and more.

HDMI Cables

Most people, these days, should be familiar with HDMI cables.  HDMI stands for “high-definition multimedia interface” and it is a proprietary audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and for compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a source device.  To put it simply, an HDMI cable transfers full, high-quality audio and video. The “source device” can be a display controller (in a computer, for example, or a gaming system or blu-ray player); and the cable transfers the signal to a compliant monitor or other display. Image result for Using the Correct Audio and Video Cables


On the other hand, most video displays (like televisions, even HDTVs) will also accept these standard video connectors.  You have likely used these connectors/cables in the past as these are the three-pronged cables with a red and white connector for left and right audio and a yellow connector for video.  These colors are actually arbitrary and have only been designated to help identify these differences.


Component cables are slightly “better” than composite cables because they feature 3 video connectors and 2 audio connectors.  This provides a better signal, which has become more necessary of late with all the HDTVs and gaming systems.

S-VIDEO Cables

The “S” in “S-Video” stands for “separate.”  This type of cable is a bit older and not in use much anymore as it has noticeably lower quality than component video. However, because it separate black and white coloring/shading S-video is regarded as better than composite cables.  

VGA and SVGA Cables

VGA stands for “Video Graphics Array” (the “S” stands for “super”) and they have been used, in the past, to connect an analog PC monitor to a PC or a laptop.  These connectors use an HD15 connector with either male or female connectors, depending upon the equipment you are using.

DVI Cables

This type of cable is similar to VGA but they tend to be a little clunkier than VGA. DVI cables, though, can only carry HD digital audio (which can be good if you want to route your audio, for example, through a stereo system).

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