TV Cables, Connectors and Ports

TV Cables

To begin with, let’s mention that new televisions come with different types of TV cables, connectors, and ports.

As a result, figuring out what connects where can be confusing.

Additionally, there is a logic behind all those peculiar cables and connectors that connect to the television ports.

As a matter of fact, let’s define first their functionalities and then their designed differences.

Cables

cables
Cables

Firstly, all different types of cables transmit analog and digital electronic signals.

Not to mention that these cables come with an exterior layer of insulation that keeps the signal from spilling to other conducting wires.

Therefore, several conductors inside a cable can have their own functionality and technical specification.

In other words, all cables include the connectors, conductors and insulating coating and connectors.

Connectors

connectors
Connectors

Secondly, connectors are the electromechanical devices that connect terminations and create an electrical circuit.

For this reason, it is important to know that connectors are the same as plugs and that have a male gender.

Ports

ports
Ports

Thirdly, all ports allow the connection of peripherals electronic system through input or output ports.

Consequently, keep in mind that ports are the same as sockets and have female gender.

HDMI Cables

HDMI cables
HDMI Cables

High Definition Multimedia Interface or HDMI cables transmit audio, video, control signals, low voltage power, ethernet and copyright protection (HDCP).

Optical Cables

optical cables
Optical Cables

The latest trend is optical cables use a fiber optical cable to transmit a digital audio signal.

Ethernet Cables

ethernet cables
Ethernet cables

Ethernet cables connect a TV to the internet. A hardwired connection is faster and more reliable.

USB cables

usb cables
USB Cables

The main function of USB cables is to transfer audio, video, data and even charging components.

Component Video Cables

component cables
Component Cables

Red, blue and green component video cables transmit high-quality analog video. Commonly referred to as analog HD.

Composite Video Cables

composite cables
Composite Cables

Commonly composite video cables transmit analog video in standard definition (SD). Commonly referred to as analog HD.

RCA Audio Cables

rca audio cables
RCA Audio Cables

As far as RCA audio cables transmit analog audio signals mostly with the stereo format.

Auxiliary Cables

Auxiliary cables
Auxiliary Cables

Remember auxiliary cables transmit analog audio signals using a 3.5 mm connector.

One Connect Cables

One Connect cables
One Connect Cables

Uniquely made, One Connect cables transmit audio, video, and infrared signals through a single fiber optic cable.

Also, the Samsung One Connect Box is a media receiver with a built-in TV tuner.

In addition, it minimizes cable clutter by functioning as a hub for connecting all the compatible devices.

TV Cables, Connectors, and Ports Infographic

In the light of looking for more info check this very powerful infographic called cables, ports, and connectors infographic.

TV cables connectors and ports
TV cables connectors and ports

For instance, this infographic shows how to integrate audio, video, control, low power, and data integration with a new television.

Similarly, these are all the ports and connectors that new televisions come with. 

In conclusion, understanding what cables to use and what is compatible with what when setting up a television can be frustrating.