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Video + Audio

    Cable name(s) Used for Image Quality
    HDMI

    High Definition Multimedia Interface

     

    • 100% Digital Video and Audio signal in 1 cable

    • Supports Dolby 5.1 Surround sound

    • Most HDMI cables support 4K 

    Best Possible Signal
    Component Video w/ Composite Audio
    • 5 wires standard

    • Video:  Red, green and blue bands on white connector for HD Video

    • Audio:  Red and white bands on black connectors for audio


      • Audio cables support stereo and (analog) Surround Sound
      • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround not supported
      • Does not support 4K
      • A Digital audio connection is needed for Dolby Digital  5.1 
    Video:  Excellent

    Audio: Good

    Composite Video + Audio
    • Audio/Phono  (2 cables)

    • Video (1 cable)

    • Jacks are color-coded.


      • Yellow = Video (Not  HD)
      • Red = Right Audio
      • White = Left Audio
    Video:  Good

    Audio: Good

    3.5mm to Composite + phono R/L cable
    • Used with some versions of TiVo Minis that only have one output port for all three signals.


      • 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jack on one end (yellow)

      • Color-coded jacks on the other end


        • Yellow = Video (Not  HD)
        • Red = Right Audio
        • White = Left Audio
    Video:  Good

    Audio: Good

    Coaxial

    RG-6 dual-, tri- or quad-shielded

    • Audio

    • Video

    • Internet (cable modem)

     

    Functional
     
 

Video Only (separate audio jack needed)

    Cable name(s) Used for Image Quality
    DVI / DVI-I / DVI-D

     (Digital Visual Interface)

    Video (1 cable)
    • Used for LCD monitors and video cards

       
    • Does not support 4K 
    Excellent
    VGA / DB15 / HD15

    (Video Graphics Array)
    Video (1 cable)
    • Used for PC monitors, HDTV, plasma TVs, DVD players 

    • Does not support 4K 
    Excellent
    Component Video /  YPbPr Video (3 cables)
    • Jacks are color-coded

    • Red, green and blue ends or colored bands

    • Does not support 4K 

    Excellent
    3.5mm to Component cable Video (3 to 1 cable)
    • Used with some versions of TiVo Minis that only have one output port for all three color video signals.

      • 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jack on one end (green)

      • Color-coded jacks on the other end


        • Red
        • Green
        • Blue

      • Does not support 4K 
    Excellent
    S-Video / Y/C Video / SVHS Video

    Short for Super-Video
    Video (1 cable)
    • Video signal is split into two pieces, one for color (chrominance), and another for brightness (luminance)

    • Splitting the signal produces sharper images

    • Does not work for HD Signal
    Very Good

     

 

Audio Only

    Cable name(s) Used for Image Quality
    Optical SPDIF 

    aka Digital SPDIF, Toslink

     (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)

    Audio (1 cable)
    • Supports Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound
    Best Possible Signal
    SPDIF / Digital Audio / Coaxial SPDIF

    (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)
    Audio (1 cable)
    • S/PDIF stands for
    • Supports Dolby 5.1 Surround sound
    Excellent
 

Voice / Data Connections

    Cable name(s) Used for Image Quality/Speed
    Ethernet  cables

    a.k.a.

    Category 5 / Cat5

    Category 5E / Cat5E

    Category 6 / Cat6
    (GigEthernet)

     

    • Can be used for Voice or Data
    • 4 pairs of wires
    • More twists per foot (the more twists, the less interference)

     

    Cat5:  Good /100Mbps

    Cat5E: Excellent /1000Mbps

    Cat6: Excellent /1000Mbps

    Category 3 / Cat3
    • Voice or DSL only
    • May have either 2 or 4 pairs of wires
    • Less twists per foot than Cat 5 cable

    Good

    10 Mbps

     


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