Need older cables? Solid Signal is your source

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

We like to attribute that saying to founding father Ben Franklin, but the truth is it seems to have been kicking around for about 100 years before that. Not that it matters, of course. The meaning is clear. Be smart with your money and make the best of what you have.

A lot of us out there take that to heart with our home theater systems. While we would love to trade out our equipment top to bottom every year, most of us don’t have the cash that it takes to do it. And besides, even the most passionate enthusiast will tell you that equipment can be a little older and still do the trick.

Making the most of older equipment

Home theater equipment has evolved a lot in the last 15 years. I mean, everything has, but when you look at the state of the art back in 2007, you were still dealing with equipment that had rows and rows of RCA connectors on the back. Today’s home theater systems are positively sleek by comparison. Whether they are standalone audio/video receivers or powerful soundbars, they generally feature HDMI connections — and nothing else.

That’s created a problem for people who want to keep their old equipment going. Because, when all you can buy is equipment that connects via HDMI, the only cables that you’ll be able to get are HDMI cables. What if that’s not good enough for you?

Solid Signal has you covered

Whether it’s RCA audio, component cables, S-Video, or even formats like DisplayPort and DVI that are incredibly hard to find, Solid Signal has you covered. We have the most extensive wire and cable selection on the internet. Best of all, our cables are all pro-grade. I know a lot of people shop elsewhere for a lot of things. But when it comes to cables, you can’t always trust the same people who are selling you soap and shampoo. Solid Signal works with industrial suppliers to offer cables that will hold up no matter how long you use them.

Is there really a difference?

Yes, there is. If you use audio-grade RCA cables for your component connection, you’ll get weak signal and snowy picture. Poorly made DVI cables will break and potentially even leave pins inside the TV’s connection. (It’s happened to me.) But you know that already. You’re the kind of person who’s committed to that older equipment and you want it to work for you in the long term.

Finding what you need

Start here on Solid Signal’s Wire and Cable page. Then choose the cables you need. You’ll find more selection than you ever thought possible. If you have questions, call us during East Coast business hours at 888-233-7563! The staff in our 100% US-based call center will be happy to help!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.