What isHDMi, Component, DVI & S-Video Connection?

By: David Tanguay

When making your new plasma connections in the installation of your television, you'll want to carefully consider what type of connecting cables you'll use. There are several different kinds available each with its own plusses and minuses. Whichever you choose you'll want to make sure that it will provide the best audio and video connections in order for you to enjoy the full capabilities of your plasma TV.

The HDMI connections will provide a crisp, clear picture on your television. They provide a good, clear audio and video connection for a clear picture and crisp sound. These connectors need only one cable and are compatible with the newer versions of the receivers, game stations, HD DVD players, etc. In addition to being compatible with the newer technologies they are also compatible with the older versions of these technologies.

A DVI connection is one that is compatible with both analog and digital video. This connection will provide a crisp, clear video display on your television. Most television receivers, DVD players, set top boxes, etcetera have ports for this type of connection included in their design. This makes this type of connection versatile when used with several types of receivers, DVD players, etc.

A component connection is one that is primarily used with high definition receivers and television sets. These component cables are also compatible with many newer DVD players and Set top boxes. These cables are being phased out of analog receivers and television sets altogether. They provide excellent video quality when used with high quality equipment and cables.

An S-video connector creates a video display in a different way from others. It separates the white color and other colors into different cables, then brings them back together through the one connector in the television, receiver, DVD player, or Cable TV box. This cable is not used with high definition television so it will not help you with television sets that include HD. With a good cable and unfaltering connection, an S-video cable will give you a crisper and clearer picture than you may have had without it.

The biggest difference in these cables is the equipment with which they are used. Each cable has a decent review in the area of video, but only HDMI includes audio in its connection. The other cables focus only in the area of video. You would not want to use an S video cable if you have high definition capability, but the other connectors will work well with high definition. Depending on your needs, each of the connectors are good in at least one aspect of your television connections.

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