Though they may not seem important, home theater cables play a vital role in ensuring that you have a satisfying experience with your new big screen TV, Blu-ray player or home audio system. The right cables can ensure that you're not missing out on any of the quality that you paid good money to enjoy.
Types of Home Theater Cables
There are several different types of home theater cables that you will need in order to hook up your system. Because a home theater system has many different components, you should consider buying a home theater receiver to create a simplified central hub for your home theater.
As for the specific cables you'll need, consider the following:
- Audio and video cables. These allow you to tap into better quality audio and video signals. For example, an HDMI cable will allow you to experience high-definition quality on your television. Component cables deliver better detail and color accuracy than regular in the box cables. Audio cables amplify or connect audio signals in order to bring you the best sound quality for your TV and speakers.
- Speaker cables. These cables ensure your speakers are operating optimally. Speaker wire is technically made of copper and is measured by its gauge: the thicker the wire, the better it is able to handle the audio signal of the speakers.
It's important to remember that while TVs and speakers will come with cables included, these cheap cables are rarely of the best quality. Though they'll do if you're satisfied with your television and home audio as is, you won't get the most out of your system this way.
Optional Features to Consider
Before buying, consider what sort of cables you want to buy. Shielded cables filter out any interference that may coming through the connector. Fiber-optic cables allow for maximum signal transfer so that you can get the best out of your home theater components.
Buying cables from regular retail stores can get expensive, so try to find wholesale cables online that you can get at a discount. Beware of discount cables, however; they are often of cheaper quality than the ones you would pay regular price for. Make sure that, if you choose to buy cheaper cables, you're not sacrificing quality.