Whether I use composite or component to feed the video from a DVD player to
a TV, are the wires the same? The jacks look the same so the connectors are
the same? Where do I buy these wires? I assume they are standard AV wires
right? That the audio lines and the composite video or component video lines
are the same types of wires and connectors correct? or no?
I need to run a component + audio + composite and audio from one location to
another and when I did a search for 25' long wires some of these web sites
charges like $100 a piece. May be those are gold plated connectors but I am
not a pro just looking for something practical. I need some advise on
getting reasonably priced wires and make my own connectors - can I? or do I
need special crimper - I have one for RG6 and one for Cat5 already.
Physically, they're just ordinary RCA phono jacks and shielded cable.
However, video (whether the video signal in composite, or the the three (RGB)
in component), is considerably more demanding on the cable than audio.
Degradation is visible as "halos" or "smear", or what looks like "misaligned
color overlays" (especially in RGB).
While you shouldn't fall prey to the monster cable madness and pay
as much as $1000 for a 6' RGB cable, el cheapo/sloppy DIY cable _will_
disappoint you at 25'.
So, be prepared to pay more for the video cables. $100 for a 25' RGB
isn't too far out of line, but, you should be able to get decent
ones for half that.
Skip Radio Shack and places like that. Tigerdirect.ca has 25' RGB cables
for $35CDN. Try tigerdirect.com.
You can go cheaper on the audio cables.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It\'s not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
To run cables from my computer(50ft) to my TV and audio receiver for both
video and tunes I just used RG6 coaxial cable(standard cable wire) with RCA
or composite adapters......Same cable and adapters worked fine for a digital
(audio) feed as well. Fry's and probably Radio shack sell the
Rod is right, use RG6 (and QUAD shield). I ran as many as 10 cables
from my TV location to my A/V rack.
And yes, invest in a good compression tool (crimper as you say). Buy
the good connectors. Even Home Depot has started selling compression
tools and connectors, my preference is SNS (snap n seal).
There are many websites where you can buy the F-type -> RCA/comp
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