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Cables

Although the primary home theater components (receiver, DVD player, VCR, television, etc.) do all your major home theater work, cables are the essential links that convey sites and sounds between the components. Cables have many different shapes, sizes, lengths, and connection types. Coaxial, composite, component, and S-Video are the four standard cables you need to get your devices hooked up properly, but you also need to determine whether you should use analog and digital cables. In addition, you need to decide which type of speaker wire to use. Please don’t forget to “round up” when buying cables. For instance, if you measure the desired length for one cable as 4.5 feet, you should buy one size larger than 4.5 feet, which, in this case, is likely to be 6 feet.

Video Cables

Understanding the different types of video cables and knowing advantages and disadvantages of each helps you determine which type of video connections to use. Chances are, your home theater needs at least two of the four following types of video connections. The cable should have its grade printed on it.


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