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Audio Cables – Picking the Excellent Cable

So, you’ve got purchased a brand new piece of equipment which has enough options for Audio and Video input to make you wonder should you have just invested within a mini-recording studio. At this point you would like to know the excellent or best cables for audio, video and any other input which could be accessible on mentioned equipment.

For the sake of this short article, we’re assuming that your purchase has been that of a television, Mini Stereo, DVD player or perhaps a Private Video Recorder.

There are actually two types of audio inputs which are readily available, 1st are committed audio inputs which include the TOSlink, brief for Toshiba Hyperlink, TRS Cable (frequently known as Stereo cable), Coax (Otherwise called RCA stereo Audio Inputs) and S/PDIF. Although Audio & Video signal is frequently shared over one cable, such as the Component Video or HDMI.

Dedicated audio inputs can be further divided into two categories, digital and analog. As a general rule, digital devices produce better results for a similarly priced analog cable. Both TOSlink and S/PDIF are digital technologies, although TRS and RCA Stereo Audio Inputs are analog. Also, digital cables minimize the use of cables vis-a-vis analog cables, as instead of running 6 analog cables (for six channels) for a surround sound system, only a single digital cable is required, without any worry of channel swapping.

Though, one would be hard pressed to find any actual audible difference in the sound quality of two well manufactured TOSlink and S/PDIF, however, you’ll find two key differences that you should consider between selecting one or the other. S/PDIF connector is physically larger and sits far better than its TOSlink counterpart, a feature you will most certainly appreciate if your LCD TV or DVD player are located within a hard to reach place. On the other hand, TOSlink uses light instead of electric pulses to carry the audio signal, hence isolating the signal from any potential interference, resulting in a 100% interference free signal.

For analog cables, similarly priced RCA Stereo cables would usually outperform the TRS Cable because of using two separate PVC jackets resulting in better signal isolation and hence less distortion and signal loss.

Also, with analog cables, the type of application and equipment will also limit your choices for example, when comparing analog cables for audio signal transmission it is important note that on LCD TV sets TRS inputs are usually only usable when connected with a PC using an SVGA input for video input. While most RCA Stereo Audio inputs are not tied to any incoming Video Signal.

The decision might not be one of which connector to exclusively use or not use, but rather one of which connector to use with which applications because, even for those who want to use TOSlink or S/PDIF with Six inputs, your TV may perhaps only have a single I/O for those. Consequently, you could want your Home theater system’s audio input on TOSlink for finest results, even though downgrading to RCA when used with your Video Camera for quick presentations.

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