Clean Up Your AV Cables

It's often the case that the front of our entertainment systems looks as clean and neat as the day we first bought them. But when we look around the back we're greeted with the nightmare view of a mess of twisted wires, tangled cables and full ports. Here are some easy ways to organize those cables and wires and even make room for more devices.

Get the right cables

Most of us have probably gathered together a motley crew of cables and wires over the years—different colours, lengths, thicknesses and materials, all designed to provide the best quality at the lowest possible price. It seemed like a good idea at the time, right? Now, we don't necessarily have to rush out and replace the lot, but it could well be worthwhile investing in a few easy upgrades.

 

Get the right cable size

Sometimes we'll try and stretch certain cables along the back of the TV while other cables are draped comfortable down to the floor. Getting the right length cable to comfortably span the distance between two devices may sound like common sense, but often it's time or our budget that make us (literally) try and take those short cuts.

 

Buy a swivel HDMI coupler

If the TV is mounted against or close to a wall, there's a good chance the HDMI cables have been forced to bend without us even realising it. A swivel coupler is an easy solution for this problem and will keep the cables away from the wall and running smoothly down the back of the TV.

 

Try kink-free cable

Kink-free may be the more expensive option, but the cables enclosed in fabric sheaths can save a lot of time we might otherwise spend untangling those thin speaker wires, optical cables or those sometimes weird and strange cables that curl up and knot for no apparent reason. And since they are more expensive, it's advisable we take the time to measure the exact distances we intend to span the kink-free cables across. It could save us a lot of money.

 

Colour-code your cables

If we do make the decision to replace our nest of cables then it might be a good idea to consider colour-coding. For some obscure reason, red, blue and yellow cables are almost always cheaper than plain black so besides banning to the past our confusion as to which device and cable connects to which, this has the added advantage of saving us some petty cash.

 

Having the right cables of the correct thickness/length is not only important if you want to avoid that seething eye-sore behind the TV. It's also true that a mess of cables may inadvertently cause damage through stretching and bending, and this can lead to poor audio/video quality and in the long run, cause us all to reach deeper into our pockets.

 

 

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