Connector Grip

Written by Serena Berger
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The grip of your cables' connections to your device connections is among the most important things to check when installing audio and video cables. For cables such as S-Video that have multiple prongs within the connector, if the plug snaps into place, there is nothing further to check. Similarly, with coaxial cables that screw on to connectors on televisions or VCRs, you can be fairly certain that the connection is secure.

RCA cables, however, can be a little bit trickier. These connectors can be either gold plated or nickel plated. If both your cable connectors and the input device are gold plated, you will get increased corrosion resistance. You should try to match the plating on your cables to that of the devices for the best long term connections.

Make Sure Your Connections Are Tight

If the connections on any cables are loose, you may experience inferior performance. If the video cable is loose, the picture may seem staticky. Poorly made cables may only loosely fit onto the connections and not stay in place. You want to be sure that the cables you purchase fit snugly into the appropriate jacks so that the signal flows through and makes as much contact with the input connection as possible. There should be connectivity all around 360 degrees of the input and connector.

If you have purchased speaker cables and banana plugs, the same rule applies. You want the connection between the banana plug and the speaker to be as secure as possible, but you should not have to force the plug into the speaker jacks. Also, you should be able to fit the full cable, stripped of its shielding, into the banana plug and then screw it into place so that it is secure.

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