Home Theater Cable Confusion

May 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from CableOrganizer.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Those investing in a home
 theater system want the best performance possible, and cable quality is
 fundamental in how well -- or poorly -- a system will produce audio and
 video outputs. But, buyer beware: often the cables boxed with home theater
 components are not the best for optimal system performance.
     "Those who desire peak audio and video performance from their home
 theater system should separately purchase top-quality cables and wires to
 ensure they are getting the most bang for their equipment buck," said Paul
 Holstein, COO of CableOrganizer.com -- an online storefront offering more
 than 17,000 cable, wire and equipment management solutions.
     "And, while it's tempting to re-use old cables to hook up new
 equipment, this is one sure-fire way to degrade a home theater system's
     So, what's a less than cable-savvy home entertainment buff to do?
 Below, Holstein offers some quick tips regarding home theater audio, video
 and speaker cabling and wire:
     S-Video Cable: This cable determines the quality of video provided.
 Those with 24 karat gold contact connectors are best, as they allow the
 signal transferred to be optimized and also resist corrosion better than
 other connector metals.
     Look for s-video cables that have heavy-duty strain relief to keep the
 cable connected properly. Also be sure to choose an s-video cable that has
 a high quality, flexible jacket so that flexing the wire around furniture
 or other components will not result in internal wiring breaks.
     HDMI Cable: HDMI is a high-bandwidth digital connection that offers
 superior digital video and multi-channel audio in a single cable, reducing
 the maze and clutter of home theater connections.
     The high-definition digital standard for both audio and video, HDMI
 delivers a picture with resolution that is five times better than
 conventional TV. Consumers should seek "Type A" HDMI cables for use with
 home theater electronics such as televisions, set-top boxes and DVD
     Component Video Cables: These cables connect to DVD players, satellite
 receivers and televisions with other video components, and should be of the
 finest quality.
     "Low-loss" component video cables are best for a high quality picture
 to be delivered to your output device. Component video cables should also
 be multi-stranded and copper constructed for optimal performance, with 24
 karat gold RCA connectors on the ends of the component video cables for the
 best possible conductivity.
     Speaker Wire Cables: The speaker cable you choose will determine the
 clarity of sound and how natural music reproduction sounds to your ear.
     Avoid the temptation to use old speaker wire because you need to have
 high-performance cable with large copper conductor areas for proper power
 transfer, and to allow the full dynamic range, including the bass response
 of sound, to transfer.
     Quality speaker cable that is constructed with Linear Polyethylene
 (LPE) insulation will reduce signal loss so that even the true audiophile
 will be satisfied with the sound reproduction.
     "It's also important to conceal and protect audio, video and speaker
 cables using a conduit or transit cover if not wiring in-wall," adds
 Holstein. "This will help you route the cables and generally ensure they
 don't become unsightly household hazards."
     Consumers may order a wide selection of home theater audio, video and
 speaker cables online at http://CableOrganizer.com or via toll-free
 telephone at 1-866-222-0030.

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