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Whether setting up a media station in the office briefing room or building a home entertainment center for movies and music, an audio video cable is an indispensable, if under-appreciated, accessory to almost every device in the setup. This type of cable carries audio and video signals from one device to another, allowing a big-screen TV to run off of satellite, stereo, and video disc inputs. Cables exist in many formats, lengths, and connection types, so it's important to find the right style before committing to a given media setup.

Audio Video Cable Formats
Many formats have come into, and passed out of, wide use over the years, and televisions, VCRs, and stereo systems may use one or several connection types. Composite cables are some of the oldest technology still in use. These cables are color coded red, green, and blue, and they can convey high-definition video signals, though they're less capable with high-definition audio.

VGA and DVI cables handle high-definition audio and video, and most people use them for monitors and other computer equipment. S-type cables work with video signals, but they cannot carry audio and you must pair them with another set for sound. HDMI cables are compatible with all types of signals and are steadily growing into the industry standard for nearly everything.

Audio Video Cable Converters
This plethora of formats has summoned into existence many cables of mixed types. This occurs when as one technology falls out of favor and another rises. Older recording-and-playback devices may need to connect to newer output devices, such as pairing an old VCR with a newer HDTV set. When this happens, a mixed-format cable or converter makes the two sets compatible, allowing a person to still use the VCR. A recorder that uses composite cables, for instance, may connect with a TV that offers nothing but HDMI ports, if the cable between them has both types of interface on either end.

Lengths of an Audio Video Cable
Length is the next consideration. The exact length needed for a hookup purely depends on the device's position in the media center. Connecting a monitor to a hard drive, for example, may call for a VGA cable that's only a few inches long, while connecting a TV set to a gaming console mounted in a cabinet requires several feet of HDMI cable. Measuring the distance between the devices and adding a few inches ensures your cable never runs short.

What Do Your Connect Devices With an Audio Video Cable?
Almost every device used for video and audio output needs cables to connect with other devices. Cables carry output from disc players and VCRs to cable boxes and satellite dishes, as well computer drives or media players to speakers and screens. Some audio video cables carry two-way traffic between TVs and game consoles. No matter your devices, you benefit from using these cables.

How Is an Audio Video Cable Preferable to a Wireless Connection?
Wireless communications, such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks, tend to have limited bandwidth and are prone to interference. While this isn't a serious problem for most data transmission, the high demands of audio and video streaming make hardwired connections both safer and more reliable than wireless hookups, ensuring no connection issues.

How Does an Audio Video Cable Plug Into a Device?
Some cables, such as HDMI or composite, attach to their ports with a simple push. Others, such as VGA, mount screw-type fasteners that create a very secure connection with the port. In all cases, the connector firmly seats itself into the port with as little effort as possible.
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Insten® 3' HDMI Male to HDMI Male Version 2 High Speed Cable, Black
Item: 1194603 / Model : 469343
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  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI specification (Version 1.3b)
  • Suggested Applications: multiple audio formats from stereo to multi-channel sound
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Staples 6’ DisplayPort to HDMI Cable, UltraHD 4K, Audio/Video, Black (51760US)
Staples 6’ DisplayPort to HDMI Cable, UltraHD 4K, Audio/Video, Black (51760US)
Item: 2733125 / Model : 51760US
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  • Provides a digital audio/video connection with 1080p/4K/UltraHD resolution and digital audio
  • Includes a male HDMI plug and a male DisplayPort plug
  • PC and Mac compatible
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Plugable (HDMI-VGA) 6' HDMI/HD-15 VGA Male/Male Digital Audio/Video Cable, Black
Item: IM11N4668 / Model : HDMI-VGA
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  • Digital audio/video cable provides a simple active solution for connecting your older monitors to newer computers
  • Cable length: 6'
  • Connections type: One HDMI male connector on first end and one 15-pin HD-15 VGA male connector on second end
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Insten® 6' Version 3 High Speed HDMI Male/Male Cable, Black
Item: 972272 / Model : TOTHHDMH6F08
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  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI specification (Version 1.3b)
  • Suggested Applications: multiple audio formats from stereo to multi-channel sound
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QVS® DPHD-06 6' DisplayPort To HDMI Digital A/V Cable, Black
Item: IM13K6398 / Model : DPHD-06
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  • DisplayPort to HDMI digital A/V cable connects HDTV and projectors with HDMI to computers with DisplayPort
  • Cable length: 6'
  • Connections type: Connector A: 1 x DisplayPort male DisplayPort 1.1 digital A/V, connector B: 1 x HDMI male digital A/V
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Insten 15' HDMI Cable, Black
Item: 971607 / Model : POTHHDMH15F1
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  • Mesh HDMI cable that efficiently transfers signals
  • Gold-plated male HDMI and male HDMI connectors for corrosion resistance
  • PVC jacket protects the conductor from environmental factors
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Insten® 10' High Speed HDMI Male/Male Cable, Black
Item: 971086 / Model : POTHHDMH10F1
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  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality.
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI specification (Version 1.3b)
  • Transfer Digital Audio and Video signals at warp speed of 10.2 Gigabits per second!
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Insten® 6' High Speed HDMI Male/Male Cable With Ethernet, Black
Item: 972312 / Model : TOTHHDMH6F04
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  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI with Ethernet specification (Version 1.4)
  • Transfer Digital Audio and Video signals at warp speed of 10.2 Gigabits per second
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StarTech Mini DisplayPort To HDMI Video Adapter Converter, Black
Item: IM1CK9418 / Model : MDP2HDMI
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  • Video adapter to link your video devices for smooth transfer of video signals
  • For a seamless connection with laptops
  • Length: 9.36"
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Insten® 20' High Speed HDMI Male/Male Cable With Ethernet, Black
Item: 971207 / Model : TOTHHDMH20F2
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  • Cable constructed using the high quality material for best contact connection between HDMI equipments
  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI with Ethernet specification (Version 1.4)
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Monoprice® HDMI Female To Female Coupler
Item: 1254663 / Model : 102781
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  • Coupler
  • HDMI female-to female
  • Used for connecting the two male ends of two HDMI cables to make a longer cable
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Staples High-Speed HDMI Cable, Black
Item: SS5415985
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StarTech DisplayPort to VGA Active Adapter, Black
Item: IM11C4778 / Model : DP2VGAA
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  • Active adapter provides crystal-clear picture quality with support for high-definition video resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 or 1080p
  • Provides 20 pin DisplayPort male digital audio/video to 15 pin HD-15 female VGA/5 pin micro-B female/mini-phone female audio
  • Maximum portability with a small foot print and lightweight design
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Tripp Lite HDMI to VGA Active Adapter Cable Low Profile HD15 M/M 1080p 3ft (P566-003-VGA)
Item: IM19V7781 / Model : P566-003-VGA
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  • Supports HD video resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
  • Gold-plated HDMI connector for maximum conductivity
  • Foil and braid shielding for reliable EMI/RFI line noise protection
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Tripp Lite HDMI to VGA Active Adapter Cable Low Profile HD15 M/M 1080p 6ft
Item: IM19V7782 / Model : P566-006-VGA
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  • Supports HD video resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
  • Gold-plated HDMI connector for maximum conductivity
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Monoprice 102404 6' HDMI to DVI-D Adapter Cable, Black
Item: 1254739 / Model : 102404
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  • HDMI to DVI adapter cable for smooth signal transfer
  • Gold-plated male HDMI and male DVI-D single-link connectors for corrosion resistance
  • 6' cable for convenient installation
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AddOn DISPLAYPORT2VGA6F 6' DisplayPort to VGA Adapter Cable, Black
Item: IM1RH9797 / Model : DISPLAYPORT2VGA6F
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  • DisplayPort to VGA for smooth signal transfer
  • DisplayPort male digital audio/video and 15-pin HD-15 female VGA connectors for a flawless connection
  • 6' cable for convenient installation
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Monoprice 102661 3' HDMI to DVI-D Adapter Cable, Black
Item: 1254717 / Model : 102661
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  • HDMI to DVI adapter cable that efficiently transfers signals
  • Male HDMI and male DVI-D single-link connectors for a reliable connection between your video devices
  • 3' cable to ensure convenient positioning of your video equipment
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Insten® 10' DVI-D Male/ Male Digital Dual Link Cable, Black
Item: 1266348 / Model : 1783299
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  • 1080p support: Yes
  • Supports digital signal only
  • Supports hot plugging of DVI display devices
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Insten® 6' High Speed HDMI Male/Male Cable With Ethernet, Black/Blue Trim
Item: 971127 / Model : TOTHHDMH6F01
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  • Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality.
  • Fully compatible with High Speed HDMI with Ethernet specification (Version 1.4)
  • Transfer Digital Audio and Video signals at warp speed of 10.2 Gigabytes per second !
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C2G 54401 6' DisplayPort Cable, Black
Item: IM1VQ6645 / Model : 54401
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  • DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable for smooth signal transfer
  • 20-pin male DisplayPort and 20-pin male DisplayPort connectors ensure lag-free transmission
  • PVC jacket maintains the integrity of the signals
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Staples 10' DVI-D Video Cable, Black
Item: 2093669 / Model : 29762
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  • DVI-D dual-link video cable for display connection
  • Connects to monitors, DVD, HDTV, HD projectors, computer and digital satellite receiver
  • 3 meter (10ft) cable length for extended reach
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AAXA Lightning Presentation Cable for iPhone® and iPad® (KP-250-07)
Item: 2719557 / Model : KP-250-07
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  • Mirror your Apple® device screen onto AAXA Pico Projectors
  • HDMI connection supports 1080p HD Resolution and Audio Output
  • Easy to use with "Plug and Play" design
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Monoprice 106016 10' DisplayPort to DVI Cable, White
Item: 1255305 / Model : 106016
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  • DisplayPort DVI cable for noise-free signal transfer
  • Gold-plated male DisplayPort and male DVI connectors for corrosion resistance
  • 10' cable enabling you to position your system just the way you like it
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