What is the difference between component av cable and composite av cable

  • Asked by Yong Won K from Orangeburg
  • Dec 2, 2010
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    The Composite AV has 3 connections to your TV - the combined video signal and audio left and right. The Component AV cable has 3 connectors for video (separated into Red, Blue and Green signals to produce a better picture) and the left and right audio connectors.

    Most older TVs that have AV inputs will have a set of composite inputs as will as some HDTVs, but typically only HDTVs have the Component inputs. Check your TVs inputs to see what you need. If the input on the TV has only 3 connectors (yellow, white and red) it is composite and if there are 5 connectors in the input grouping together you need the component cable.

    • Answered by Brian B from Montgomery
    • Dec 3, 2010
  • The biggest different between the two.
    component av cable = 5 cables (3 for video and 2 for audio)
    composite av cable = 3 cables (1 for video and 2 for audio)
    Older TV may not support component av cable. Check your TV before you buy one.

    • Answered by Adams T from Durham
    • Dec 12, 2010