RCA Cables

RCA cables use RCA jacks, also known as phono connectors or CINCH/AV connectors; these cables are commonly used in audio and video components and devices, though they are beginning to be replaced by newer cables and jacks like DVI Cables and HDMI Cables. The RCA cable system divides information into seperate streams according to signal type and allocates a specific jack to each one. For example, one cable for video, one cable for left-speaker audio, and one cable for right-speaker audio. Although this system generally preserves a fairly high quality of video and sound, complicated setups may have several cables and jacks, resulting in a complicated, cluttered setup.

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RCA Cable Uses

RCA cables have a number of uses, and are commonly paired with the following devices:
  • Televisions
  • DVD Players and VCRs
  • Video Game Systems
  • Sound Equipment like Speakers, Audio Players, and Sound Systems
  • Computer Video and Audio Cards meant for Recording and Editing Sound and Video

RCA Cables Color Scheme

Because of the high number of cables involved, RCA cables feature a conventional color-coding system to aid in properly connecting equipment. In this system, both ends of a specific RCA cable will feature a certain color, which corresponds to a specific type of connection.

Composite Analog Video Composite Yellow   
Analog audio Left/Mono White   
Right Red   
Center Green   
Left Surround Blue   
Right Surround Gray   
Left Back Surround Brown   
Right Back Surround Tan   
Subwoofer Purple   
Digital audio S/PDIF Orange   
Component Analog Video (YPbPr) Y Green   
PB Blue   
PR Red   
Component Analog Video / VGA (RGB/HV) R Red   
G Green   
B Blue   
H/Horizontal Sync Yellow   
V/Vertical Sync White   
 

Choosing the Right RCA Cables

Choosing the right RCA Cables can be a confusing task. In general, it's better to spend a bit more on high-quality cables if they fit the budget. Although gold-plated cables do cost a bit more, your audio and video equipment will sound and look better with these cables. When purchasing RCA cables for use with recording or editing equipment, it's especially important to get the best-quality RCA cables in your budget in order to preserve the highest-quality sound and video data.

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