You will find available today quite a bewildering variety of connection types utilized for Audio and Video. To further complicate things some of the same connectors and leads can be used for multiple connection types.
The following information will begin with the first audio and video connections and move up to Cayin A100t and leads. It will give the pros and cons of them all and hopefully in the end you will be a little bit more informed about how for the greatest quality images out of your setup.
Initially – At first things where simpler since there was just a good way to receive TV signals, via an aerial. This connection strategy is called Coax and is also still used today for connecting Freeview Receivers up to the aerial on your own roof (the freeview receiver either can become a separate box or built into your TV). Coax cable is what is known as screened cable and is comprised of an excellent inner wire (core) having a wire mesh or foil surrounding it.
As all the Video and Audio Data is carried on the same cable Coax is bottom from the pile when it comes to quality. Coax cannot be employed to have a high-definition signal
Composite Video – Composite video is actually a step-up from Coax in this the image and Audio information is sent separately. It actually requires 3 separate connections (Video, Audio Left and Audio Right) to become made to be able to show a picture with sound. The connectors used are known as Phono (RCA) connectors and must be immediately familiar to anybody who owns a Hifi Separates System.
Component video continues to be used today to connect things such as Video cameras and Nintendo Wii’s to TV’s. Most TV’s will have a socket on the front or side so that you can easily connect equipment to the TV. The picture quality achieved by a composite connection is preferable to with Coax but nonetheless not great and thus is not actually appropriate for Audiophile Cables. Composite cannot be utilized to carry a high definition signal.
S-Video – S-Video or S-VHS is definitely an evolution in the original composite video standard in this instead of all the video data being sent down 2 bits of wire the image is divided into a signal that contains colour data (Chroma) along with a signal which contains brightness data (Luma). This offers a much better picture than Composite. Similar to Composite Video, separate connections are required for Audio and use the same Phono (RCA) connectors as shown above.
S-Video connections could also frequently found on the front of modern TV and can used to quickly connect equipment such as Camcorders to your TV to be able to show home video footage. S-Video cannot be employed to carry high-definition signals.
Scart Connections – Scart Connectors where introduced in order to allow simple single cable connections between video equipment. Scart connections can nonetheless be found today on DVD players, Sky boxes and modern TV’s. But they are being eliminated and should not be available on High Definition video sources such as Bluray players.
Scart is actually a multicored cable that carries a variety of video connections such as Composite and S-Video as well as Right and left Audio Data all conveniently located in a single socket. Generally when utilizing a Scart Connection here is the only connection required to connect a source to some display.
Scart cables also introduced a whole new video standard referred to as RGB wherein the separate Red, Green and Blue colour signal. This additional separation gives higher quality then Composite or S-Video connections. The RGB video wcmlld eventually become the Component Video standard which can be discussed below. Scart cables cannot be employed to carry hi-def video signals.
Component Video (Y, PB, PR) – Component video is an evolution of RGB mentioned previously which uses higher quality cable and connectors so it can be used to hold high-definition video signals (720P, 1080i although not 1080P). Component Video connectors are Phono (RCA) connectors as pointed out above for Composite Video but be aware that the cable differs.
Component video connections are the most useful quality Analogue (i.e. none digital) connections available. Component Video connections are available on all High-definition equipment i.e. HD TV’s, Bluray Players etc. Component Video Cables can be used as Line Magnetic but please remember that they cannot be employed to carry 1080P signals.