A multimedia cable is used to connect two working devices to send and/or receive digital data to and from each other—from a DVD player to an HD TV set, for example.
Now if you’re looking for a multimedia cable for your home theater system, here are a few things you must know before buying one.
1. Specifications. Multimedia cables come in various specifications. Some of these cables may not be compatible with your system. In this case, the best thing to do is to ask the salesperson about the right cable—the one that will work best with your system.
2. Length. Multimedia cables come in different lengths. Consider buying one with an enough length that can be stretched or extended from one area to another.
3. Conducting elements. Multimedia cables vary in their capacity to support two devices’ performance when sending and receiving data. Some systems need high-conducting cables to support high-performance devices while others don’t. Using the wrong one may burn the wires. When you purchase one, ask the salesperson.
4. Quality. As HD TV gains popularity so are multimedia cables. Today, there are a lot of manufacturers who try to copy and reproduce their own “versions,” which are often sold at a cheaper price. These pirated cables may damage your devices. It is therefore important to choose and purchase the right one. Make sure that these cables are HDMI-approved.
5. Wall plate. If you are running long multimedia cables through your wall, you may want to consider getting a wall plate. Wall plates, where your connection will run into, make a clean way to run cables at long distances. Rather than rolling and unrolling your cable, use a wall plate to keep it from being crimped, which can cause breakage in the wires.
6. Installation. Some multimedia cables are difficult to install and need a little bit of technical background. If so, try asking the salesperson about how to do it. If not, ask the store if they provide installation service. Good though if the product comes with a manual.
7. Guarantee. Product warrantees always guarantee customers’ satisfaction. Any manufacturer knows this. Make sure that when you purchase a cable it’s covered by warrantee. This makes it easier for you to have it replaced, if not, fixed once it’s broken.
8. Seal. Make sure that it’s sealed. This assures you that the cable is new.
9. Low-cost. Although you can purchase two separate cables—one to work on audio transmission and the other on video transmission—multimedia cables present both functions in one cable at a high performance. And though this can save you from spending on two separate cables, which is quite expensive, remember that when you purchase one, do not compromise quality with cost.
10. Problems. The most common problem with multimedia cables is fuzziness in the signal. This is often caused by an interruption in the wiring or a broken wire due to oldness—or when always crimped. Once noticed, you can request for a technician to fix it. If not, you may purchase a replacement cable. In case this happens to newly purchased cables, have it replaced. New cables are not an excuse to this issue. This is because some of them are not long-term tested.
Now that you know, you’re ready to go.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.