How to Set Up a Home Theater System : Choosing Connector Cables for a Home Theater

How to Set Up a Home Theater System : Choosing Connector Cables for a Home Theater


Hello, Reggie Hayes here with Expert Village.
Now let?s take a time out for a second and talk about connectors. Pay very close attention
because what we cover here is going to be referenced a lot later on when we go to hooking
up all these components. Let?s say you go to the store and you see all these cables
and all these connectors. How do you know what you need? What does what? Well let?s
talk about it. This right here is your basic cable for cable television. It’s called an
RF cable. It stands for radio frequency. If you notice it has the shield right here and
then a little point right in here. You want to make sure that right there stays intact
and centered when you go to hooking it up. It’s very important. That’s pretty much it
for this cable, it just carries basic cable, and it’s analog. These right here are also
more analog cables. They carry both audio and video. Video is always going to be yellow
on these cables. Your audio is always going to be red and white. These are called patch
cables. If you notice the ends are the same, and they come in various sizes and they are
also analog/video. Other video, which is also analog is going to be your s-video. S-video
does not carry audio. If you have one of these you are going to need to use these red and
whites to bring in your audio with the s-video, but it is a better picture than the yellow,
than the composite. S-video has 4 pins where as composite only has 2. That’s what makes
it better. They can be a little difficult to hook up sometimes cause you have to force
them in there. Getting into digital video, you have component right here. Component splits
the three main video colors up. You’ve got the primary colors red, blue, and green. These
do not carry audio, they are just video. Getting into audio, as we said we’ve got our red and
white, but we can also get into digital audio. Digital audio can come in the form, look here,
looks like a composite video cable. This one’s black, orange is usually the color for it,
but it is a digital audio. You can get Dolby digital and THX audio out of these cables
right here. The last audio cable is what we call a toss-link right here. It’s a fiber
optic cable and these are a little more expensive. They use light, transmitted through these
wires right here to process audio. It is very crisp and very clean audio. So that’s pretty
much it for hooking up your cables and knowing what each cable does and what they do. If
you look at video cable or an audio cable, try to decide first of all what it does. If
it is going to be audio or if it’s going to be video, it’s going to help you out.

23 thoughts on “How to Set Up a Home Theater System : Choosing Connector Cables for a Home Theater

  1. this dude is a moron, does he have a speech inpairement? he studder the word allright a bunch of times. DVI is also another form of digital copyr ight protection cable

  2. What does he talk about?
    It's bullshit!
    "Basic cable for cable television" – I don't know how it is in USA, but in Europe normal cable for cable television is coax.
    After what he talks I can learn "video(yellow) cable is different than audio left(red), right(white) and component cables(red, gren and blue)".
    What a bullshit!
    They're all the same, the cinch connectors!
    Colour is the only that differs in those cables.

  3. Actually coax can carry a digital signal as well. He is definitely not an expert as component is analog and does not split off Red, Green, and Blue. It actually carries colorless signals, such as luminance, a croma values.

  4. @gianelvr4 Actually, that's not even true. The primary colors in pigments are magenta, cyan, and yellow. This is what you'd call "subtractive" mixing. The primary colors in light is indeed red, green, and blue. This is what you'd call "additive" mixing.

  5. my math teacher used to say okey in between every word he would say i counted how many times he says okey one day and i lost count at 125

  6. WRONG! Composite will actually have a better picture because most TVs have better comb filters than home theater gear with S-Video unless you bought a cheap model of TV like a Vizio or Proscan.

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