When you invest in high-end home theater installation in San Bernardino County, you likely wonder if the cables in the boxes are okay, or if you need to upgrade to something better. This is often a tricky question, since it depends on your layout and system. In some cases, it simply will not make a big difference. So, if you are wondering whether you should pay extra for the best cables, here are four situations where it could actually make a difference:
- Longer digital cables required: If you can attach streaming devices and Blu-ray players to your TV with cables that are less than 10 feet long, typical in-the-box cables will suffice. The issues arise if you need cables longer than 15 feet, because that’s when signal integrity becomes an issue. Larger gauge cables of higher quality work better for these long lengths.
- You use devices with analog connections: A lack of HDMI ports or a preference for an old DVD player often means there are homeowners who still use analog RCA stereo cables. If this is the case for you, quality matters, and choosing higher-end analog cables will make a difference no matter what length you require. While not everyone will notice a quality issue with digital cables most of the time, that is not quite the case with analog equipment. So, if any of your preferred devices use analog connections, make the investment in better cables.
- You bought a high-end system: You would never use Toyota parts on a Mercedes, and likewise, your high-end home theater system likely requires good cables. Otherwise, you will perceive the difference and will not get as much out of that system. If you are going to spend the money on a home theater that rivals a night out at the movies, do everything possible to enhance that experience. That includes buying the best cables available.
- Current cables are out of date: Cables have a life expectancy like anything else. If you kept a drawer full of HDMI cables, the older ones may have some wear and tear, or they were designed for early HDMI devices, not the faster ones we use now. While these old cables will likely still function, you will not enjoy the same experience with sound and video quality. So, if you can afford it, take advantage of the opportunity to install new devices by also getting the good quality cables.
There are more options for cables than ever before. It can be confusing to try to figure out which ones work best for your devices so you enjoy good sound and video quality. That’s why it’s a good idea to consult with experienced home theater technicians who can determine cables, devices and layout while also finding the best quality for your budget.
JDS Systems is your home theater installation expert in San Bernardino County. If you are ready to upgrade your viewing experience, we are here to help you make informed decisions about devices, cables and everything else about home theaters. Call or visit today to learn more.