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Posted by Killette on September 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

We all know there are a butt-load of different ways to hook up and wire your systems, and everyone refers to the different types of cables, but no one really explains what the different types are, and the pros and cons.

Here is a list of the most frequently used cords, which I'll explain to you one by one

Radio Frequency (RF)

Composite Video (RCA)

Separated Video (S-Video)

Component Video

Video Graphics Adapter (VGA)

Digital Video Interface (DVI)

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)


Starting with the older cables, here is an RF (Radio Frequency) Adapter

An rf cord is one of the oldest cords used in video games. It was often paired with the master system, and the nes. It is still required for the NEC Turbo Grafx. These cords are fuzzy, and usually need to be routed through a dvd player on the new tvs. These are usually the least sought after cords.


A step up from the RF adapter is the RCA Composite Video Cord:

This type of cord is one of the most commonly used video connecters. This cord allows the sound to be separate from the video, but both black and white, and the colors come through the yellow connector.


The next choice up is an s-video cord:

The s-video cord has separate video. Not only is the video separate from the audio, but three wires are used inside this cord. One carries the black and white, one carries the color, and another is the ground.


Component Video is the next step up:


This type of cord also has separate audio and video. The video information is split into (most commonly) three separate signals, each of which carries a black and white image, as well as one or more color image. This allows for a sharper image.


The next step is a VGA (Video Graphics Array)

Usually this cord is seen on computer monitors. These are capable of providing hd up to 2048x1536px resolution. They have 15 pins inside them that allow for the red, green, blue, black and white, as well as horizontal sync and vertical sync. The resolution is even more clear than the previous cords.

The second to last cord is Digital Video Interface (DVI)

This type of cord is for high visual quality displays on flatscreen computer monitors. It carries uncompressed data (usually translated into binary form) to the display.

Finally, the cord with the best display is High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

This cord allows for uncompressed video and up to 8 channels of audio info to be passed through it. It is usually used for upscaling dvd players, blu ray players, xbox 360s, ps3s, and other high definition machines.

Categories: Nintendo, Sega, NEC/SNK

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1 Comment

Reply P13R4T
4:30 PM on October 12, 2010 
I used to be all for analog hookups, but since getting a 360 to involve the use of playing dvd's, it automatically adjusts the picture according to your tv, so now I prefer HDMI

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