Types of Audio and Video Cables and Their Uses

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Video and audio cables are used in everyday multimedia applications and setups. Although how much do you really know about the cables you are installing into your home. Here is some information on the different types of video and audio cables that are used and what they are designed to do.

Types OF Audio and Video Cables

video cablesHDMI cables: HDMI cables are made to provide support of HDMI connections between 2 devices. HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface refers to the first and only uncompressed, industry supported all video and audio interface which is capable of supporting a connection between an audio and video source. These cables are able to support high definition and standard video along with multiple channels of digital and audio over a single HDMI cable. They are ideal for connecting computer and hardware connections and are commonly used for high definition DVR connection to televisions.

DVI Cables: DVI cables are cables which are designed to support a connection between a videovideo cables source and a display device which may include a computer monitor. DVI or digital visual interface is designed to provide transmission of uncompressed digital video and is configurable with supporting DVI-I (digital and analog), DVI-A (analog only), and DVI-D (digital only). With support for analog connections the specifications of DVI allows for compatibility with the VGA interface. DVI cables are generally used by computers although they are also sometimes used with video game consoles, DVD players, television sets and more.

video cablesVGA Cables: VGA cables are designed to support high definition video of 1080p or higher. VGA or Video Graphics Array interface is designed to provide a method of transferring a basic clear image to the viewing display such as a computer. VGA cables are made to use analog signals for easy transmission and are generally connected to computer systems.


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