Splitters have been around for as long as there were electronic connectors. Be it used for the transfer of sound, video or just plain electricity. Electronic connectors had shown up as a miracle to the electric current (sound, video, data etc.) industry. It was not long after that these electric currents (signals) needed to be transferred to several components simultaneously from a single source. That is when splitters came in. Splitters are electronic components that consist of a very simply structured wired electronic circuit usually designed to divide a single source input to multiple “parallel” outputs, intending to keep all the transmitted output to be the same as the input source.
What is an RCA splitter?
RCA splitters, like any other splitters, are designed to divide (split) a single RCA source to multiple parallel outputs while keeping the intended outputs to be the same as the mother source.
Let us familiarize with RCA before we move in further with the RCA splitters, shall we?
RCA is an acronym for Radio Corporation of America who had introduced the connector design as early as the 1940s, the design incidentally gained the name RCA derived from its founders. They were designed to allow amplifier connection of Phonograph players, but not limited to them. Soon after, around the 1950s, Hi-Fi or the High Fidelity systems became very popular and promised high quality video and sound reproduction by minimizing distortion and noise simultaneously delivering precise frequency responses. RCA connectors, also known as phono plugs, were soon replacing the older TRS connectors (commonly known as phone plugs or headphone jacks). RCA connectors basically have a male core (live) and a surrounding ring (ground or negative) usually designed for mono signal transfer. They have diverse usage ranging from component video and audio, RF signals as well as analogue audio and video.
Going back to RCA splitter:-
In addition to the design of the RCA splitter discussed above they are the components that have the female RCA connectors in order to allow the male connection from the source to the destined output. There are many different types of RCA splitters to choose from what best suit your needs:-
Speaking of lost or weak signal, cable grade and the connector conductivity matter quite a bit when obsessing over better throughput. Copper, brass, gold and aluminum are commonly used in connectors and cables.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of different materials:
RCA splitters can often be confused with convertors. Although some splitters reserve the ability to convert and split into different types of audio and video, convertors may not have the splitting capability. Taking everything into account, it is very necessary to decide your requirements before purchasing an RCA splitter in order to avoid ending up with an expensive product which might be completely useless to you.