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Make Sure You Use the Right Cable For the Job

When you set up your home entertainment system, you will quickly find that you require various types of cables.  To connect your stereo, television, hard drives, gaming systems, and more it could require different kinds of cables. As such, you want to make sure you know the differences between these PrimeCables Canada cables so that you know what you need and will only need to make one trip to the store.

HDMI CABLES

The gold standard in today’s A/V world, “HDMI” stands for “High Definition Multimedia Interface.”  If you are trying to run an HD media player through your HD television, this is the only cable you need.  If you aim to split the audio and video signal, though, you may need something else.  Image result for Make Sure You Use the Right Cable For the Job

DVI CABLES

For example, DVI—digital video interface—cables can only carry HD digital video and not audio.  They can also carry analog video, much like VGA cables. So, if you want to separate your audio and video channels, this could be the right cable (for the latter, at least).

VGA (and SVGA) CABLES

VGA stands for “Video Graphics Array” and this cable are used to connect an analog PC monitor to a computer or to a laptop.  These cables connect through an HD15 connector and can require male or female connectors depending on the makeup of the equipment, of course. The “S” in “SVGA” stands for “super” and these cables can offer a larger range of options that surpass standard analog monitor displays (so they are better for more modern monitors or television types).

S VIDEO CABLES

“Separate Video” Cables offer only standard video connectivity, though not in high definition (capacity of 480i or 576i). It has better image quality than composite video, but lower color resolution than component—because of the way it separates black and white coloring signals.

COMPOSITE CABLES

Basically, the most standard video connectors in use today.  These cables typically consist of a red and white (left and right audio) and a yellow (video) connector.  

COMPONENT CABLES

Slightly better in quality than composite, component cables utilize three video cables instead of one. Instead of a single yellow video connector, these cables have a red, green, and blue cable for better video quality.

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