I need to hook up my television and other video components, what do I need?

There are many kinds of cords meant to connect your TV and peripherals such as DVD players, Blu-Ray players, cable boxes, gaming systems and stereos. These days, most TVs even have the possibility to connect to your PC.

For video devices, you’ll need one of three different kinds of cables. The oldest kind of cable is S-Video. These are low-bandwidth cables that transmit video and audio from a VCR, DVD, Blu-Ray or gaming system. S-Video cables usually have a yellow male and female end. They’re often coupled with RCA cords, which are for the left and right channel of stereo sound. RCA ends are also male and female, and they’re usually red and white.

Some video devices are equipped with RGB cord inputs. RGB cords take the video signal and send it through three cables instead of one. RGB stands for red, green and blue. Each cord carries a single color. When the three signals are combined, they provide a clearer picture than the single-cord S-video. RGB also require RCA cords to transmit sound.

Finally, there’s HDMI. HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI chords carry high-definition digital video and audio signals from a video device to your television. If you get a high-definition signal from your cable or satellite provider and have a TV that’s HDMI enabled, using an HDMI cable will give you the best picture and sound possible.

Be sure to check that you are purchasing the right cords for your devices as you shop. Ask your local Westlake employee if you have further questions.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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