A/V Cables and Connectors: Making Important Connections
When it comes to purchasing A/V (audio/video) products like TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, home theatre receivers, or speakers, there's an accessory that's crucial, yet often forgotten: the A/V cable or connector. After all, a new set-top box isn't going to be very useful if you don't have an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV. You might assume that the new product you purchased includes a cable, but it's best to check because that isn't always the case.
Here are some useful tidbits of info about A/V cables and connectors, including some things you should keep in mind before purchasing.
What do A/V cables and connectors do?
Simply put, an A/V cable connects two or more A/V products. One very common type of A/V cable is the HDMI cable, which can connect your TV to a gaming console, set-top box, stereo receiver, and much more.
Each type of cable represents a different type of connection technology, and thus provides different levels of quality and capability. In most cases it comes down to the type of A/V product and personal preference – if you pipe music into your home theatre system through a 3.5mm jack it might not sound the same as when you connect a music source through a digital port.
What type of A/V cable or connector do I need?
With so many different types of A/V products in existence, it makes sense that there are lots of types of A/V cables. Some of the most common ones are HDMI, DVI, S-Video, component, optical, coaxial, RCA, digital audio, analog audio, and 3.5mm stereo.
The type of cable you'll need depends on device you're trying to connect and what ports it's equipped with. You'll need to do a bit of research, and once you've figured out which cable you need you can probably find it on BestBuy.ca or in your local Best Buy store.
It's possible to split up a single signal so it can be used with multiple sources, e.g. splitting a cable TV signal so you can connect it to multiple TVs. Just pick up an A/V splitter and you'll be enjoying your entertainment on multiple devices in no time.
What length of cable do I need?
That's a very good question, because it's one a lot of people forget to ask. It can be incredibly frustrating to bring a cable home, only to find out it's too short.
Make sure to measure the distance between your A/V devices and choose a cable that'll easily span that length. In general it's better to get a cable that's a bit longer than what you need because you never know if you might need to shift your devices around.
What if I have two devices that don't use the same type of connector?
Don't despair, because odds are there's a connector or converter that will allow your two devices to talk to each other. Browse through our wide selection and you should be able to find a cable or adapter that can act like a translator between your A/V products.