The number of component cable derivatives available on the market today for home entertainment systems is astounding, but which ones are best in quality?
Many offer the same or similar features, but this does not by any means determine their durability or strength of audio and video signal. Factors like cable shielding and length should be considered before purchasing a component cable for your system. Interference between your other electronic devices can greatly affect the audio quality during transfer to your television or audio receiver.
As far as length is concerned, purchasing a component cable that cannot reach between all of your components will either render them useless, or at least without the ability to be concealed from view after connections have been made.
Component Cable – Leading Models
On the lower end of the price spectrum is the 5RCA (Component Video) + 2RCA Audio Cable, which is a three-foot in length. Gold-plated connectors house the cable ends at each of the three male component video plugs, which are labeled as red, blue and green. See Product Features…
In addition, this model features red and white stereo cables to coincide with the video component attachments. Although this component cable is offered at an attractive price, the downfall is the lack of length, which may be an issue for those attempting to connect at distances further than three-feet.
The next model up in price is the six-foot RCA Component Video Cable with Audio from Mediabridge. This component cable also provides left and right RCA audio connectors as well, but offers 1080i capability as well for High Definition transfers.
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The dual shielding protects the coaxial cable to add extra protection from noise that can interfere with the signal path and be heard through its output.
Its streamlined 5-to-1 design and gold plated connectors make this selection a wise one, especially for those needing double the length as the previously discussed.
The final and ultimate RCA video component cable in this list also comes from Mediabridge, but offers more for your money. The RCA ULTRA Component Video Cable with Audio.
The outer jackets are also coated in flexible PVC which houses each part of the internal cable components securely for extended lifetime expectancy.
All of these component cable options will allow for connections between either your satellite television or stereo receiver, VCR, or computer TV tuner. Investing a large amount on on the hardware for your home entertainment system and then skimping on cables can leave you either shorthanded or with overall poor visual and auditory results becuase of the multiple sources of RF interference found in homes today.