Updated 13.2.2021

What Does RCA Stand For?

RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America the developer of RCA connectors in the 1940s.

It was also the first company to use the cables to transmit audio from phonographs (record players) to amplifiers. As such, the company’s name was attached to the cables as an easy reference for everyone.

RCA cables, especially the yellow, red and white-coloured ones were popular during the heyday of and audio.

They remain so in these days of digital video. Never mind, if HDMI connectors are the talk of the town.

The thing is there is bound to be some device which can’t do without an RCA connection.

Are All RCA Cables the Same or Are There Different Types of RCA Cables?

Basically, there are two types of RCA cables – composite cables and component cables.

The composite RCA cables, consisting of one cable for video (yellow) and two cables (white and red) for audio are the most common ones.

They were/are used to connect VHS players, DVD players and other audiovisual equipment.

The component RCA cables, on the other hand, promise better video quality than composite cables. A component cable has a combination of five cables – three cables for video and two for audio.

Component video cables were popular in the days when they were needed to connect DVD players to flat-screen analog television.

That was the best analog video quality you could obtain back then.

Are all RCA cables the same or are there different types of RCA cables?

Basically, there are two types of RCA cables – the composite cables and the component cables.

The composite cables, consisting of one cable for audio and two cables for audio are the most common ones. They were/are used to connect VHS players, DVD players and with other audio visual equipment.

The component cables, on the other hand promised better video quality than composite cables. A component cable has a combination of five cables – three cables for video and two for audio.

Component video cables were popular in the days when they were needed to connect DVD players to flat screen analog television.

That was the best analog video quality you could obtain back then.

Can I Use Any RCA Cable for Component Video?

Yes, you can use any RCA cable for component video. You can use the yellow, red and white cable to connect component video from one source to another – from DVD player to your TV.

However, most RCA composite cables are not of high quality – you can judge from the thinness of the cables.

Dedicated component RCA cables are thicker and durable and usually come with gold-plated connectors which do a good job in preventing signal loss when transported from one AV source to an AV receiver.

These cables are more expensive than the composite RCA cables. But if you’re really interested in video quality through your analogue devices, then you would want to choose these specially-made cable.