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So you are probably wondering what these cables we have recommended you actually are?
Here is a guide to each cable connection type:

HDMI – What is it? HDMI (Type A) cable

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.

HDMI is the most versatile of all connector types, and can be adapted, or converted to VGA, Thunderbolt, DVI, Mini DisplayPort and many more signals when sending HDMI signal from a HDMI PC.

HDMI is a type of digital connection that's capable of transmitting high-definition video and high-resolution audio over a single cable.

HDMI is typically used to connect a high-definition device, such as a HDMI Computer to a HD Television.

To connect the devices together, you simply put one end of the (Male) cable into the HDTV's HDMI (Female) input slot and the other end into the device's HDMI output slot.

How does HDMI compare to other cable types? HDMI (Type A) Male to SCART cable

HDMI can deliver the best image quality of all cable types – ‘1080p resolution at 60 frames per second’, which is the highest quality video format currently available.

HDMI carries audio, unlike most other PC to TV cables and devices. The main benefit of this is that you do not require a 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable, unlike VGA, Composite, S-Video, SCART, and Component connector types.

HDMI delivers the highest level of audio quality from PC to TV. It supports the ability to carry eight channels of 24-bit audio at 192 kHz, which is mighty impressive.

Recently, a Mini HDMI  port has been introduced to consumers worldwide. Our research suggests that this input technology is available on many of the latest Tablet PCs, Netbook PCs, and even some Smart Phones.

Mini HDMI has the same function as HDMI, but the smaller size of the port makes it easier to include on portable gadgets. You can connect electronics with Mini HDMI ports to an HDTV using a Mini HDMI (Male) to HDMI (Male) cable.

What if I have a 3D TV with a HDMI socket?

HDMI supports 3D video signals, but you have to make sure that you have a High Speed HDMI 1.4 cable. HDMI 1.4 requires that 3D displays support the frame packing 3D format at either 720p50 and 1080p24 or 720p60 and 1080p24.

HDMI 1.4 (Type A) was released on March 4, 2010 and added two additional mandatory 3D formats for broadcasting content, which was deferred with HDMI 1.4 in order to see the direction of the 3D broadcast market. HDMI 1.4a has defined mandatory 3D formats for broadcast, game, and movie content. HDMI 1.4a requires that 3D displays support the frame packing 3D format at either:

To ensure maximum quality is achieved when transmitting audio and visual data from Computer to 3D Television, we recommend a HDMI (Type A) 1.4 cable.

From left: HDMI (Type A), Mini HDMI (Type C) and Micro HDMI (Type D) So what about Mini HDMI and Micro HDMI?

There are three different types of HDMI connection:

HDMI (Type A)This is the most common form of HDMI connection.

Mini HDMI (Type C) - A Mini HDMI connector, also known as ‘HDMI 1.3’, has primarily been designed for use in portable devices. It is smaller than the Type A cable connector but has the same 19-Pin configuration.

Micro HDMI (Type D) - A Micro connector defined in the HDMI 1.4 specification keeps the standard 19 Pins of Types A and C but shrinks the connector size to something resembling a Micro-USB connector. The Type D connector is 2.8 mm × 6.4 mm, whereas the type C connector is 2.42 mm × 10.42 mm.

VGA – What is it?

Video Graphics Array (VGA) connector is a video connection cable designed to transmit visual data, and is also referred to as ‘15 Pin D-Sub’. The 15-pin VGA connector is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some high definition television monitors. On laptop computers or other small devices, a Mini VGA port is sometimes used in place of the full-sized VGA connector.

VGA cables do not, unfortunately carry audio signal. As a result, a 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable must be used in addition to a VGA cable when, for example, connecting a VGA PC to a VGA TV.

Mini VGA connectors are used on some laptops and other systems as an alternative to a standard VGA connector, although most ‘VGA’ laptops have a standard 15 Pin D-Sub VGA connector.

Mini VGA and VGA (15 Pin D-Sub) inputs

Apart from its compact form, Mini VGA ports have the added ability to output both composite and S-Video in addition to VGA signals through the use of EDID.

The Mini DVI and now Mini DisplayPort connectors have largely replaced Mini VGA. Mini VGA connectors are most commonly seen on Apple's iBooks, eMacs, early PowerBooks (12 inch), and some iMacs, but has also been included on several laptops manufactured by Sony. HP's versions are found in HP Minis and HP TouchSmarts.

The Mini VGA connector can also be used for video output. In this mode, S-Video chrominance (C) and luminance (Y) signals replace the red and green channels, while an equivalent composite video signal is output on the blue channel. The horizontal and vertical sync pins are unused.

DVI – What is it? DVI Cables

DVI stands for Digital Video Interface.

DVI inputs and cables exist in 3 different configurations – DVI-D (Digital Video Interface Digital), DVI-I (Digital Video Interface Integrated) and DVI-A (Digital Video Interface Analogue).

DVI-D cables are used for direct digital connections between source video (namely, video cards) and LCD Television monitors. This provides a faster, higher-quality image than with analogue, due to the nature of the digital format. All video cards initially produce a digital video signal, which is converted into analogue at the VGA output. The analogue signal travels to the monitor and is re-converted to a digital signal. DVI-D eliminates the analogue conversion process and improves the connection between source and display.

If you are connecting a DVI computer to a VGA monitor, you will require a DVI-A cable:

DVI-A cables are used to carry a DVI signal to an analogue display, such as a CRT monitor or budget LCD. The most common use of DVI-A is connecting to a VGA device, since DVI-A and VGA carry the same signal. There is some quality loss involved in the digital to analogue conversion, which is why a digital signal is recommended whenever possible.

DVI-I cables are the most versatile DVI cable type DVI-I cable

DVI-I cables are ‘integrated’ cables which are capable of transmitting either a digital-to-digital signal or an analogue-to-analogue signal. This makes it a more versatile cable, being usable in either digital or analogue situations.

Like any other format, DVI digital and analogue formats are non-interchangeable. This means that a DVI-D cable will not work on an analogue system, nor a DVI-A on a digital system. To connect an analogue source to a digital display, you'll need a VGA to DVI-D electronic convertor; to connect a digital output to an analogue monitor, you'll need to use a DVI-D to VGA convertor.

How do I know which of the three DVI cables is best for me?

Determining which type of DVI cable to use for your products is critical in getting the right cable the first time. Check both of the female DVI plugs to determine what signals they are compatible with.

Thunderbolt – What is it?

Exclusive to Apple™, the Thunderbolt interface was developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, designed as a replacement for the Mini DisplayPort interface.

Thunderbolt is an interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer via an expansion bus. It was introduced commercially on Apple's updated  MacBook Pro  line-up on February 24, 2011, using the same port and connector as Mini DisplayPort. Though initially registered with Apple Inc., full rights of the Thunderbolt technology trademark belong to Intel Corp., and subsequently led to the transfer of the registration.

Apple Thunderbolt™ cable

Thunderbolt essentially combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a new serial data interface that can be carried over longer and less costly cables. Because PCI Express is widely supported by device vendors and built into most of Intel's modern chipsets, Thunderbolt can be added to existing products with relative ease. Thunderbolt driver chips fold the data from these two sources together, and split them back apart again for consumption within the devices. This makes the system backward compatible with existing DisplayPort hardware upstream of the driver.

The Thunderbolt interface transmits audio signal, so thankfully there is no requirement for a 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable when linking two Thunderbolt devices together, such as the Apple MacBook Air (2011) and Apple 27” LED Monitor (2011).

How can I connect my PC to my TV wirelessly?

Products available currently which allow you to play, or ‘stream’ both audio and visual content wirelessly from your Computer require a USB (Type A) connection, which is common to all devices listed on this website.

Various USB types

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Micro DVI – What is it?

The Micro DVI port is a video connection port used by the Asus U2E Windows Vista PC and Early 08 Apple MacBook Air laptop computers . It is smaller than the Mini DVI port used by its MacBook . sister models. To use the port for displaying video on a monitor or television that has a different-style connector, an adapter must be used. Both a Micro DVI to DVI adapter and a Micro DVI to VGA adapter were included with previous versions of the MacBook Air.

The Micro DVI to DVI adapter is a DVI-D (digital only) compatible port, and is incompatible with DVI-I and DVI-A connectors as it does not have the necessary connections to the analogue pins.
The Micro DVI port was discontinued and was replaced with the newer Mini DisplayPort connector when the MacBook Air was updated at the Apple Special Event on October 14, 2008.

The Micro DVI to DVI adapter is a DVI-D (digital only) compatible port, and is incompatible with DVI-I and DVI-A connectors as it does not have the necessary connections to the analogue pins.
The Micro DVI port was discontinued and was replaced with the newer Mini DisplayPort connector when the MacBook Air was updated at the Apple Special Event on October 14, 2008.

Mini DVI – What is it?

The Mini DVI connector can be found on various Apple computers such as –

The Mini DVI connector was introduced as a digital alternative to the Mini VGA connector. Its size is between the full-sized DVI and the tiny Micro-DVI.
From October 2008 onwards, Apple introduced the Mini DisplayPort: a replacement for the Mini DVI port.

Mini DisplayPort – What is it? Mini DisplayPort PC input

The Mini DisplayPort is a miniaturized version of the DisplayPort digital audio-visual interface. Apple, Inc. announced the development in the fourth quarter of 2008, and now applies it in the LED Cinema Display and in all new Macintosh computers: MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, and Xserve. It is also used in new PC notebooks from various manufacturers such as Toshiba, HP and Dell.

Unlike its Mini DVI and Micro DVI predecessors, Mini DisplayPort is capable of driving resolutions up to 2560×1600 (WQXGA), commonly used with 30-inch displays. With a suitable adapter, Mini DisplayPort may be used to drive displays with a VGA, DVI or HDMI interface.

S-VIDEO – What is it? S-Video cable

S-Video stands for Separate Video. Most brands will refer to this connector as ‘S-Video’, but some brands have confused this definition by calling it ‘Super Video’ or ‘S-VHS’.

S-Video is an analogue form of video transmission, in which video information is encoded on two channels: luma (luminance, intensity, "Y") and chroma (colour, "C"). This separation is in contrast with lower quality composite video, in which all video information is encoded on one channel, and higher-quality component video, in which video information is encoded on three channels. S-Video carries standard definition video (typically at 480i or 576i resolution), but does not carry audio on the same cable.

Component Video – What is it? Component Video cable

Old school, that’s for sure! On a serious note, Component Video is a video signal that has been split into two or more Component channels. In popular use, it refers to a type of Component Analogue Video (CAV) information that is transmitted or stored as three separate signals. Component Video can be contrasted with Composite Video (NTSC, PAL or SECAM) in which all the video information is combined into a single line-level signal that is used in analogue television. Like Composite, Component Video cables do not carry audio and are often paired with audio cables.

When used without any other qualifications the term ‘Component Video’ generally refers to analogue ‘YPbPr’ Component Video with sync on luma.

Composite – What is it? Composite Video cable

In a Composite signal, the luminance, Brightness (Y) signal and the chrominance, Colour (C) signals are encoded together into one signal. When the colour components are kept as separate signals, the video is called component analogue video (CAV), which requires three separate signals: the luminance signal (Y) and the colour difference signals (R-Y and B-Y).

Component Video does not undergo the encoding process. The main benefit of this is that the colour quality is noticeably better than it is with a Composite Video connection.

Component Video connectors are not unique in that the same connectors are used for several different standards; hence, making a Component Video connection often does not lead to a satisfactory video signal being transferred. Many DVD players and TVs may need to be set to indicate the type of input/output being used, and if set incorrectly the image may not be properly displayed. Progressive scan, for example, is often not enabled by default, even when component video output is selected.

SCART – What is it? SCART cable

A French invention, SCART stands for “Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs”. This translates roughly to “Union of Manufacturers of Radio and TV Equipment”.

SCART is a 21-pin connector for connecting audio-visual (AV) equipment together. SCART input sockets can be found on all types of Television, including LCD, Plasma, Colour TV and Rear Projection.

Unfortunately, SCART, (along with Component, S-Video, VGA and Composite) does not transmit audio signal, and must be combined with a 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA audio cable. In addition, the prominence of the HDMI connector means that eventually these types of device connectors will be seen as museum artefacts!

3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable - What is it? 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable

Also known as an RCA connector, the 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable is required along with every cable which does not carry audio signal, such as a VGA (Male) to VGA (Male) cable. HDMI cables carry audio signal, and so do not require a 3.5mm Mini Jack to RCA cable.