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Connecting an Audio-Visual Source Using Component Video Cables

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Step 1: Getting Started With Component Cables
Connecting an Audio-Visual Source Using Component Video Cables

Find your component video output (green, blue and red) and audio out (white and red).

Forrest Hartman

Many people use component video cables to connect items like DVD players, cable boxes and satellite boxes to their televisions. When connecting a high-definition component, particularly a Blu-ray player or high-definition gaming system, I prefer using an HDMI cable.

That said, some older televisions are not equipped with HDMI inputs, so don't panic if you don't have one. You can still get an excellent picture using component cables. In fact, the video resolution you'll get using component cables will be just as good as with HDMI except in a handful of cases.

Making the Connection

Step 1: Find the component video and audio outputs on your video source.

Tips: For this demonstration, I'm using one component video cable (with red, green and blue RCA jacks) and a separate audio cable (with red and white jacks). It's possible that you will have all five jacks on a single cable. Don't worry about that. The setup is exactly the same.

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