Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by icequake2000, Aug 18, 2005.
A component lead is just a bog standard phono lead isnt it?
Well sort of.
A componenet lead will be 3 phono to 3 phono and be coloured RED, GREEN ,and BLUE. There are various makes and models of componenet leads and you can also get componenet leads with BNC conections as well as phono ones. YOu will also get different thickneses of cables as well.
it will look some thing like this...
Just in case you were planning to reuse some spare audio leads for video....
IIRC video uses 75 ohm cable and audio uses 50 ohm cable so they may look the same but aren't interchangeable as I found trying to use a long audio cable for AV amp composite-out monitor duties - yikes what a mess
As Dave-S points out you can get phono or bnc terminated cable. BNC plugs are 75 ohm by design, phono are not and cannot be (by design) but the better phono cables (not necessarily the most expensive) use phono connectors closer to 75 ohm than others.
How long was your lead if you don't mind me asking?
In a nutshell Andy says it all.
BNC component leads are best as they conform to the requirements of a component lead fully. Unfortunately you'd be hard pushed to find a BNC component out and BNC i/p's on a domestic DVD and TV unit respectively.
NAIM I believe do a BNC connected DVD player but I don't know who does a TV. Perhaps some Plasma's?
Also being individual cables carrying individual signals it is rather important they are ALL the same length so that timing of the arrived signal is as close as possible. Typically needs to be around 50 nanoseconds.
75ohm RCA adapters are perfectly acceptable for use with BNC componant cables.
I use these all the way up to 1080i analogue componant signals, with no issue!
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