Composite Video Cable

The composite video cable is a yellow-coded cable with an RCA plug. The cable will only carry the video signal. It is best used for standard-definition VHS tape decks to get the signal in and out to the TV and is used on the older sets. You simply plug the end of the cable into the color coded jack on your television set to connect the other device.

A combination composite video/audio cable assembly was patented on August 11, 1998. It is a cable that is actually an assembly of cables that are used for both audio/video installations. The composite video cable assembly also has the capability to carry the audio signal and is used for merging video systems with audio systems. Program sources like those found on VCRs and laser disc players as well as satellite receivers have a video output and two audio outputs. You can connect them to a stereo receiver, preamplifier or amplifier input with the composite video cable assembly with audio cables as well. Without a composite video cable these devices require a multitude of cables to connect them. Just one of the cables needed would be the composite video cable. You would still need to purchase 2 composite audio cables. Because so many cables are needed this way the installation process is confusing and messy. To make the proper connections less involved an inventor saw the need for the composite video cable assembly to create a neat and organized installation. This cable assembly reduces the number and sizes of the cables needed.

The composite video cable assembly is comprised of a junction housing called “pod 16” made out of soft molded plastic that extends from one end. It contains three cables and two conductors that carry the positive and negative portions of the signal. The three cables have connectors of standard configuration on their distal ends. One cable receives the video signal and the other two cables receive the two left and right audio signals. Another part of the assembly is “pod 22.” It also has three cables that extend from one end which also have three connectors on the distal ends that are to be connected to the input source. One cable receives the video signal and the two others receive the two left audio signals. Each of these cables are numbered and lettered.

The two pods, both 16 and 22, are connected together by an assembly which is numbered 30. This assembly has 3 more cables that are smaller in diameter than the other 6 cables. They have a single insulated outer sheathing surrounding them. The two larger cable assemblies carry the positive portion of the signals and have a braided conductor surrounding them.

The single composite video cable that carries the video signal only should not be confused with a component video cable. They look very similar in appearance and both use three RCA connectors on each end. Many users get them confused because they are hard to distinguish. The composite video cable has a white color-coded connection for the left audio connection. The right audio connection is color-coded red. The composite video cable is color-coded yellow. All you have to do is match up the plug colors with the color coded jacks on the back of your component.

A component video cable will only carry high definition video signals. It does not carry audio signals either. Three different component cables carry the video signal and they are red, green and blue. Some people prefer the component video cable since component video is capable of higher resolution and is a better choice for an HDTV home theater system. However, you have to remember the component video cable does not carry the audio signal. If you choose to go with the component video cable you will also need a composite red/white audio cable or digital audio cables for your component video installation. For this reason many people choose to use the composite video/audio cable assembly even over the single composite video cable with two composite audio cables.

This Composite Video Cable Review is Written/Updated on Sep 14th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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