High End Cables

Written by Serena Berger
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There are different types of audio and video cables that can create a noticeable difference in the quality of the picture and sound that viewers and listeners experience. If you search for audio and video cables, you will come across not only different types of cables, but also cables of differing quality. Depending on the caliber of your home theater system, you may need to purchase high end cables for it to live up to its potential.

For connecting components to a receiver, the basic type of connection is a composite cable. This delivers video along one cable and left and right audio along separate cables. Most components include free composite cables for you to use in connecting your purchased component to the rest of your system.

Opting for High End Cables Instead of Free Cables

These cables, however, are usually very thin and have little noise shielding. Also, the connections may not be gold plated. If your receiver has gold plated RCA inputs, gold plated cables deliver the best performance, and have the added benefit of being corrosion-resistant. If the quality of the audio and video you are experiencing is not as good as it was in the showroom, you might benefit from purchasing high end composite cables. These cables will be significantly thicker and have improved shielding and connections. They are more expensive, but they may prove to be a worthwhile investment since they can significantly improve the performance of your home theater system.

For even better quality, you can consider purchasing either S-Video or component video cables, as well as optical or digital audio cables. These cables are superior to composite cables in their respective realms, delivering richer color and full-bodied sound. You will certainly have to purchase these cables from a retailer, as it is costlier to produce these high end cables and manufacturers will not just toss them in the box for free.


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