If you are investing in a home theater system, you want the best performance possible. Cable quality counts a great deal in how well your home theater will perform. It is very tempting to re-use old cables to hook up your new equipment, but that will only result in less than optimal performance. In fact, often the cables provided in the boxes with home theater system components are not the best cables for optimal performance.
S Video Cable
The S-Video cable quality you use in your high-resolution home theater system will determine the quality of video provided. Cables with 24 karat gold contact connectors allow the signal transferred to be optimized and gold resists corrosion better than other connector metals. Look for cables that have heavy-duty strain relief to keep the cable connected to the end connector properly. All interior connector pins should be bonded to their conducting wires with high grade silver solder. Cables should provide low capacitance design so that your video signal remains perfect even for long cables. Also, choose a cable that has a high quality, flexible jacket so that flexing the wire around furniture or other components will not result in internal wiring breaks.
Component Video Cables
Component video cables used in your home theater system to connect DVD players, satellite receivers and television with other video components should also be of the finest quality. Low-loss component video cables allow the best possible picture to arrive at your output device. These cables should be multi-stranded, copper construction for optimal performance. Look for 24 karat gold RCA connectors on the ends of the component video cables for the best possible conductivity.
Speaker Wire Cables
Speaker wire is another place that quality counts. The speaker cable you choose will determine the clarity of sound and how natural music reproduction sounds to your ear. Avoid the temptation to use old speaker cable because you need to have high-performance cable with large copper conductor areas for proper power transfer and to allow the full dynamic range, including the bass response of sound to transfer. Quality speaker cable that is constructed with Linear Polyethylene (LPE) insulation will reduce signal loss so that even the true audiophile will be satisfied with the sound reproduction.
It doesn't matter if you use in-wall speaker cable or speak cable that is run along the outside of the wall. It doesn't matter if you place the cable into conduits for neatness and extra protection or place it at the bottom of the baseboard, it is still necessary to select the best quality speaker cable to ensure you get to hear the sound your fine home theater system is capable of producing.
It is also a good idea to protect your quality speaker cable in a conduit or transit cover if you are not planning for in-wall wiring. These transit covers or conduits are available at very little expense and in a variety of colors and shapes so that you can route your home theater speaker cable to any area of the room or even to other rooms in the house to ensure that cables do not become tripping hazards, and are not damaged by pets or household cleaning.