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Mar 12

HDTV cables

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Understanding the assorted cables that work with an HDTV can be as confusing as translating French into Giraffe. But, it’s worth the trouble. Sharing a baguette with the savanna’s long necked herbivore is pretty awesome, and the viewing experience of a top-rated HDTV is nothing short of incredible.

So, let’s go through the various cables you might use with your HDTV.


HDMI cable

If possible, this is the cable we most strongly recommend. It ports spotless audio and visual. If you want the best home theater experience, this is the cable you’ll want to use. The only thing is: your HDTV may only have one or a few HDMI inputs. That being said, you’ll probably want to use it to connect your blu ray player or cable box.

Component Y, CR, CB

Component Y, CR, CB cable

This blue, green, and red cable is as close to HD as you can get without an HDMI cable. It works as a strong alternative to a composite Audio/Video cable.


S-Video cable

This cable splits the difference between the video quality of the HDMI and yellow component cable. Often associated with DVD players, it won’t get you the true HD of an HDMI cable, but it will have your picture coming in more clearly than your standard video cable.

Digital Audio

Digital Audio cable

As with S-Video, the digital audio cable compromises between composite and HDMI. It creates a pathway for digital sound, which is more clean and sharp than your composite red and white audio cables.

Composite Audio/Video

Composite Audio/Video cable

This composite cable is the one made up of the red, white, and yellow connections. Red and white are for audio, and yellow is for video. You can use this cable to connect plenty of devices to your television including gaming consoles and DVD players. It’ll certainly get the feed up and running on your TV, but it won’t get the high resolution your HDTV was made for.

It’s strange what a world of difference a cable can make. It’s almost as bizarre as cafe lounging giraffe. For realsies though, if your HDTV is going to live up to its full potential, you’re going to have to use the right cable.

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