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Cables And Your Multimedia Devices

What’s the point in owning a latest HD TV or all-in-one home theatre system or even a lightning-speed Internet connection, and yet detract their superior performance by utilizing cheap, imperfect cables? Well, it’s not only unnecessary waste of money, but also a thorough injustice to their supreme technological features, where you own high-end devices and yet not make the most out of them!

Cables are the essential components that bring out the hidden quality of these advanced devices and help us to thoroughly indulge in the flavors of technology. It’s something like this, even though you are empowered with uninterrupted power supply, if you don’t fix proper, quality bulbs, you would still be in a relatively darker or poorly lighted ambience. Similarly, improper cables deteriorate the performance of your device and produce poor, substandard outputs.

Not all of these high-end devices purchased are complemented with perfect-matching cables, even though certainly they are not of cheap quality. Yes, not only the cables’ quality matters, even their compatibility with the connected devices matters, to enjoy noise-free, error-free, high-quality audio, video and communication services. So, don’t be contented with your in-the-box cables, think out-of-the box to enjoy out-of-the world experiences and learn how to choose the best cables for audio and media setup.

The internal structure of a cable

Cable is a generic name offering wide meanings such as ‘wire ropes’ in mechanics, ‘power supply cables’ in electrical engineering, ‘signal transferring cables’ in communication engineering and so on. In our case, these cables are electrical signals carrier determined to transfer, audio, video and/or other communicating signals in case of an internet connection.

A typical cable consists of the following components,

  1. Outer jacket
  2. Metallic Shield
  3. Dielectric insulator
  4. Conductor or the central core

The outer jacket is used as a protecting layer that obviously prevents any damage to the underlying conducting medium.

The shielding medium, shields the device from any external interferences like Electromagnetic interferences or Radio frequency interferences that are capable of polluting the quality of the signals transferred by inducing noise effects.

The insulator acts as an insulating medium between the conducting medium and the shield.

The conductor or the conducting medium is the actual medium, which carries the signals and messages for our pleasure and purpose.

Thus within a simple, straightforward-looking cable lies the complex, careful structure, which enables the cable to carry out its required task efficiently.

The external structure of a cable

Externally, the cable wire is connected to a connector that helps to connect your cable with the actual equipment or gear. The connectors vary according to their purpose of connection that is either balanced or unbalanced. The most commonly used connectors are, TRS, XLR, RCA, TS etc.

Points to consider before choosing a cable type

Now that we have dissected the cable to understand its anatomy, our next crucial step is to understand the necessities before choosing the apt, accentuating cable for our gears.

• Know your signal type - Your gear transmits the conventional analog or modern digitized signal? Understand that first and choose the cable; it is because it is no use to connect the latest, digital carrier cable to a conventional analog gear as a cable can only produce the best out of an exemplary source and certainly can’t magically convert or digitize an analog signal.

• In-wall wiring options- If you are in a need to install your cables in the walls then, please consider the certified cables that meet the in-wall wiring standards and safety measures to avoid any accidents and damages.

The best cables for audio and media setup

Now, let us unravel the mystery of finding the best netwerkkabel cables for our specific purposes.

• HDMI cables

HDMI cables or the High Definition Multimedia Interface cables are the current heart-throb of the high-definition media industry, transferring superior quality audio and video signals in its purest, digitized form. The latest HDMI cables even support the 4K Ultra High quality video format and are sure to glue you to your enthralling audio/video gears.

These cables boast of supporting close to 8 channels of error-free, no-loss soundtracks and prove worthwhile for all your money.

Signals supported: Digital audio and video signals

Best Usage: Use these cables to connect any latest, high-end devices like HD TVs, High-definition gaming consoles, etc. and enjoy the superior quality audio and video recordings.

• RCA cables

These cables are capable of providing stereo audio connection between the devices and are best remembered as the popular, combined dual-cables with red and white RCA plugs. Along with stereo audio signals, they also transfer analog video signals of low quality between the devices.

Signals supported: Analog audio and video signals

Best usage: Tape-recorder to stereo system connection and similar stereo audio connections.

• Coaxial RF cables

These are suitable for carrying analog video signals and even stereo audio signals. Since these cables are capable of carrying only low-quality video signals, its best to avoid connecting them to any latest video gears.

Signals supported: Analog audio and video signals

Best usage: Connecting to VCRs, Home theatres, etc.

• Optical Cables

If affording HDMI cables is out of the option, then optical cables are the next best bet, offering fine quality digital transmissions and up to 5.1 channels of sound energy. These are the best cables to avoid any forms of external interferences and can carefully transmit your signals for long distance communications.

Signals supported: Digital audio signals as pulses of light

Best usage: To connect withany devices that transmits digital audio signals, with communicating devices like telephones and to enable long distance transmission etc.

• XLR Audio cables

The most suitable cable for balanced audio connection is used for transferring uncompromising, high-quality analog audio signals. The XLR cables are not easily disturbed by ‘noise’ signals and hence guarantees clean audio output.

Signals supported: Analog Audio signals

Best usage: Any high-quality analog audio gears

• DVI cables

These cables, which are capable of carrying superior HDMI compatible video signals, are sadly incapable of transferring audio signals and would require an additional audio cable to enable the audio transmission.

Signals supported: Digital video signals

Best usage: latest computer monitors, digital video projectors etc.

• S – Video cables

The one among the best analog video transferring cables, feature 4 pin connectors to transmit the portions of signals along various paths. These are the best bet for your old model TVs and VCRs and forget about using them while connecting to your latest HD TV to avoid the substandard, poor video quality. These cables are capable of transferring video resolutions up to 480i.

Signals supported: Analog video signals

Best usage: Analog TVs, VCRs

Thus, using the right cable for your gears not only enables you to enjoy the uninterrupted, high-quality audio/video outputs, but also increase the life-time of your devices, by avoiding malfunctions and unnecessary breakages.

The next time when you buy your multimedia device, scrutinize your in-the-box cables to really understand its efficiency and compatibility with your device and if required, never hesitate to procure separate, best-in-quality cables to enjoy trouble-free experiences!

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