Signal Transfer

Written by Serena Berger
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High quality cables deliver the best possible signal transfer from the source to the destination. This is true whether they are speaker wires or digital video connections. The engineering of the cables has a lot to do with the quality of the signal transfer, but there are some steps that you can take to maximize the signal transfer and improve the audio and video quality that your components deliver, no matter what type of cables you use.

Signal Quality and Splitters

If possible, you should try to avoid using multiple splitters. Splitters are fairly common, especially for coaxial cables, as many customers receive cable television and high speed internet from the same company. You can split the cable signal and send it to multiple sources, but each time that this is done, the signal is weakened. A low quality splitter could result in staticky video or a slow internet connection.

If this happens, you can purchase an amplifier. This will increase the strength of the signal that is sent to each of the components connected to it. Consequently, both your television and cable modem should receive a stronger signal and therefore perform better.

Something that is often difficult to avoid is running a long length of cable. Longer cables often need to be of higher quality to maintain an adequate signal transfer. If you know that you will need to be making a long run, be sure to buy the thickest cable possible. You need to be concerned not only with thickness, but also with the cable's flexibility. It does you no good if you cannot work the cable along the path that you had intended because it is too thick. Only high end cables manage to be both thick enough and flexible enough to maintain full signal transfer over long distances.

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