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Projector Cables and Connections.


With a huge selection of cables available, which ones do you need and why in order to connect your source to your projector? This guide is designed to give you a breakdown of the various projector cables and their uses and limitations..
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Digital Cables.

HDMI.

Typical Application - Between BluRay DVD players, SKY HD boxes, SKY Q boxes or Games consoles to display devices.
Also Known As - High Definition MultiMedia Interface
Summary - HDMI is the cable of choice for home cinema installations as it is able to transmit video, audio and data in one single cable up to 4K UHD resolution.
Quality Rating - 5/5
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DisplayPort.

Typical Application - Between PC's or Mac's to display devices.
Also Known As - DP
Summary - DisplayPort is able to transmit video, audio and data in one single cable up to 4K UHD resolution.
Quality Rating - 5/5
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Ethernet.

Typical Application - connecting devices to a home or corporate network.
Also Known As - Network Cable, RJ45 Cable
Summary - The default cable for connecting pc's, macs, smart TV's, NAS Drives to a home or corporate network. Capable of transmitting video, audio and data up to 4KUHD resolution.
Quality Rating - 5/5
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DVI.

Typical Application - Between PC's or Mac's to display devices.
Also Known As - DVI-D, DVI-I
Summary - DVI transmits video signals only. Max supported resolution for DVI-D is 2560 x 1600 whilst DVI-I is 1920 x 1200
Quality Rating - 3.5/5
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Analogue Cables.

VGA.

Typical Application - Between PC's and display devices. Video signal transmission only.
Also Known As - D-Sub, 15 Pin D-Sub
Summary - Capable of supporting up to 1920 x 1200 WUXGA resolution but as it's an analogue connection the signal is subject to interference and potential image ghosting if used on long cable runs.
Quality Rating - 3.5/5
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Component Video.

Typical Application - Between DVD player or games console and display devices. Video signal transmission only.
Also Known As - 3 RCA, YPBPR, YCBCR
Summary - Signal is separated into 3 channels of red, green and blue and transmitted. Capable of supporting up to 1920 x 1080 resolution but as it's an analogue connection the signal is subject to interference and potential image degradation in the form of artefacts on screen.
Quality Rating - 3/5
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S-Video.

Typical Application - Between VCR or standard DVD player and display devices. Video signal transmission only.
Also Known As - SVHS, Y/C, Mini DIN
Summary - Signal is separated into 2 channels of chroma and luminance and transmitted. Rarely used cable these days.
Quality Rating - 2/5
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Composite Video.

Typical Application - Between standard DVD player or games console and display devices. Video signal transmission only.
Also Known As - Single phono, 1 RCA, Cinch video.
Summary - This is the lowest quality cable for a video source,as the entire video signal is transmitted over one cable. Video signal transmission only.
Quality Rating - 1/5
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