A Shopping Primer for Audio Video Cables
How to Find What You Need, from DisplayPort to Thunderbolt 4 to HDMI to RapidRun
Gone are the days when hooking up an audiovisual system required only speaker wire and a few RCA and S-Video cables. Today’s AV components do so much more, and with faster data transfer speeds, higher image resolution and pristine sound reproduction.
Of course, such advancements would be impossible without the AV cable assemblies that connect these components. Since starting out in 1995, ShowMeCables has kept pace with the latest trends in audio video cable assemblies. Below we summarize what you will find in our inventory.
Let’s start with the three categories where we have made our latest AV cable additions – DisplayPort 2.0, HDMI 2.1 and Thunderbolt™ 4. All three will allow you to upgrade your conference room, medical device, theater, AV screen or gaming setup to the latest in high-speed, high-definition standards.
DisplayPort 2.0 Cable Assemblies
DisplayPort 2.0 enables up to a threefold increase in video bandwidth performance. It has a maximum link rate of up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) per lane and features more efficient 128-bit/132-bit channel coding, delivering a maximum payload of 77.37 Gbps. DisplayPort 2.0 is the first standard to support 8K resolution (7,680 by 4,320 pixels) at a 60 Hz refresh rate with full-color 4:4:4 resolution, including with 30 bits per pixel (bpp) for HDR-10 support.
Ultra-High-Speed HDMI® 2.1 Cable Assemblies
The latest HDMI cable, Ultra-High-Speed HDMI 2.1 is the only cable that complies with stringent specs designed to ensure support for all HDMI 2.1 features. These features include resolutions of up to 10K, uncompressed 8K at 60 Hz and 4K at 120 Hz. The cable’s bandwidth supports up to 48 Gbps, it is backwards-compatible with existing HDMI devices and features very low EMI.
Thunderbolt™ 4 Cable Assemblies
Some ports power your devices. Others transfer data from devices to the PC. Still others transfer video signals from your PC to an external monitor. A Thunderbolt port can do all three. It simultaneously delivers high-speed data transfer, outputs a video signal and can power compatible devices (including charging a lightweight laptop).
Thunderbolt 4 ports have a 40 Gbps, bi-directional bandwidth. That means data can be moved to and from external storage quickly, and that up to five Thunderbolt devices can be connected for flexible configurations—all powered by one port. Thunderbolt 4 ports are compatible with many connection standards, including previous versions of Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, and PCle.
Other ShowMeCables AV Cable Assemblies
Our audio video patch cables page is a good place to start your search. You will find the following types of cable assemblies there.
HDMI cables give you the fastest data transfer speed and a high image resolution for excellent video quality. We offer eight jacket choices, an assembly with a long-distance audio equalizer, and connector combinations of HDMI to USB, VGA and DVI.
RapidRun cables are for applications that require multiple AV devices to be connected over a single cable. They are designed to be installed within walls and are an ideal choice for schools.
With their solid mounts, our BNC cables are used in broadcast facilities, aviation, test equipment and video surveillance. We offer BNC in RG6, RG58, RG59, and with and without an adjacent power line.
Customer Support, Same-Day Shipping
With all these AV cable choices, we realize that purchasing the right one for your needs is not always easy. Sometimes, even after you buy, you might have questions. That’s why we offer courteous, U.S.-based customer and technical support at 1-855-958-3212.
Best of all, our audio video cables are in-stock and ready for immediate, same-day shipment.