Component Video Cables
Component Video Cables are used to connect TV's, HDTV's, DVD, Blu Ray, HD DVD players, Digital Cable and Satellite Set top Boxes.
Component Video is a video encoding standard with the signals Y-Pb-Pr which are different than Red, Green and Blue. The Red Green and blue color coding of each cable is for Pr, Y and Pb respectively. Each cable is essentially the same, only with a different color code. They are all 75 ohm Coax cables with RCA connectors.
What should you look for in a Cable?
Quality Connectors are essential for long term reliability. The longer a component video cable is, the larger and higher the quality needs to be for reduced signal loss. A higher quality component video cable will also have reduced signal ringing and the related video artifacts.
The best choice for your application depends on the desired bandwidth you need, along with the length you need.
The 55-872 cables are great for flexible, short cables. The Large Green Component cables with locking gold connectors are perfect for those with older components with aging connectors or those who like locking connectors.
Our awesome C2A series uses a Canare combination of cable and connector that is close to perfect for 50 foot lengths.
The GCC and GCAO are awesome bang-for-buck In-wall rated cables.
The CPA and other connector variants of this custom cable are SDI bandwidth cables that make Component Video at any resolution including 1080p easy at extremely long lengths.
We also have 5-Coax Component Video Cables allowing you to run Component Video with Audio, and In-Wall Component Video Cables.
RCA's and 75 ohms - While Some RCA connectors are marketed as "True 75 ohm RCA connectors" it is very debatable if an RCA plug can be, in reality, 75 ohms due to the physical spacing of the pin and outer shield contacts. In any case, the female RCA connector that it connects to is certainly not 75 ohms. Oh well. Without BNC 75 ohm connections, some slight reflections may be impossible to avoid.
Silver plating for video cables that operate at high frequencies is considered a good thing by many due to silvers better conductivity than copper. The real reason to use silver plating on high frequency cables is due to less negative interaction with certain coax insulation dielectrics. Silver plating with Teflon dielectrics being the best example.
Soldering - Maintaining 75 ohm characteristic impedance is mostly about maintaining diameter differences of center conductors and shields and the dielectric properties of the insulators between. A common overlooked diameter difference is within the connectors themselves. Big, chunky plates to solder the center conductor to, warp the characteristic impedance, as do big blobs of solder. Crimping is generally far superior in this regard since the crimped objects are generally cylinders that maintain the proper distances between center and shield.
Our custom cables are built to Broadcast Industry Standards, available in lengths up to 100 feet or more and manufactured with heavy gauge, high bandwidth coax cable, for long length applications.
With cable brands like Belden and Canare among others, and termination processes like cold weld crimping and Silver soldering, our connectors are applied properly for the lowest possible video signal distortion.
Our cables are selected for the best possible signal integrity for their signal range even at very long lengths.
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