Cables for television connections

Despite the growth of wireless technology, you will still need a basic knowledge of connectivity wires to set up most television sets in your home – this is especially true for modern devices that can be used to connect to the internet or stream video and audio via your smartphone. While most of us are more than familiar with the most common audio-visual cables (such as HDMI leads, phono cables, and SCART connectors), there are some lesser-known connection cables for entertainment systems that you may need to get to grips with:

Optical Cable – Also known as TOSLINK connections, optical digital audio cables can transfer high-quality audio between devices – using an optical cable, you can enjoy enhanced TV sound quality via your stereo or sound system. Optical digital audio cables can be easily connected from the ‘optical output’ port of your television set to the ‘optical input’ port of your amplifier, hi-fi, or stereo system. 

Coaxial Cable – Coaxial cables are typically used to transmit radio frequency (RF) signals in the home and connect televisions to a satellite. While coaxial cables come in various sizes and impedances, it’s important to choose the right cable for the best television reception – an RG-6, 75 Ohm cable is recommended for standard television sets, whereas if you’re connecting an HDTV, it may be best to go with an RG-11 coaxial cable for maximum quality. 

Phono – Also known as RCA connectors, phono cables carry audio and visual signals and are typically used to connect devices such as CD players and DVD players to television sets. Phono wires can be easily recognized by their tri-colored connections – red, yellow, and white. Depending on your television, you may have a set of either double or triple jacks which correspond with these – the yellow connection represents composite video, while the red and white connections represent the right and left channels of your stereo speakers respectively. 

Auxiliary – Most commonly used to connect older DVD players and modern mobile devices to your TV, auxiliary cables are amongst the most common audio cables for television sets today. Aux cables may feature two 3.5mm jacks or one 3.5mm jack and twin right/left (red/yellow) phono jacks.  

To hide away any unsightly wires or cables and keep up with the latest home design trends, consider wall mounting your television set in your bedroom or living room – this will not only improve the appearance of your home but also save valuable space in smaller rooms.

Huynh Nguyen

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