9 Things to Consider Before Custom RCA Cable for Your Project


We understand the inherent frustration that comes with choosing the right cable assembly, which is why we take out the entire process of choosing your cable assembly. Instead, we create the cable assembly that you want the way you want it.

Our custom cable assemblies have better wiring and insulation than off-the-shelf cable assemblies. You can choose the connector that you want throughout your cables; you can also choose the material of the wiring itself. We test out wires for the best performance that you can buy, ensuring that the custom cable that you are buying is the best around.

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RCA cables are in charge of carrying audio and video signals. In short, they take the signals from the connected device to the output device.

RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America. The design of these cables came by the 1940s. It was, at first, a shallow cost design used for consoles. Many models have come later, but they remain compatible with almost all devices. Even with the invention of the latest technologies, RCA cables still hold relevance. They are straightforward to use and carry.

Talk to us if you want custom RCA cables for your business. At CLOOM Tech, we can help design RCA cable according to your projects. And deliver it to you on time!

Let’s take a look at a few things you didn’t know about customizable RCA cables.

Audio-video Cable RCA to 3.5mm jack

Audio-video Cable RCA to 3.5mm jack

1. Custom RCA Cables are Cost-effective

When we compare to HDMI cables, RCA cables still hold more weightage today. For one, they are cheaper than the HDMI cables and can do the same job.

Most of the retail shops offer you the RCA cable along with the product that you buy. But if you don’t get one, then spending money on it might not be the best option. It is because you can make a custom one for yourself at almost half the price. And, creating a custom one works as beautiful. Just choose the right materials, and you are good to go.

Purchasing an RCA cable is not as affordable as it looks. Plus, buying something like this isn’t always ideal. You may have to worry about it, not to function or having a problem. Please cross off that option and make one for yourself. It is very cost-effective and works as beautiful. With only three critical materials, you can make your custom RCA cables.

You will need RCA cable ends, wires, and a shrink wrap. The RCA cable ends are available on the internet or in any departmental store. They come in very cheap as well. The shrink wrap portion is optional; you may or may not use it.

The cable connectors can be of silver, gold, or lead. Gold is least prone to damage, but it is on the costlier end. We suggest silver to be the best one for you. It is because silver secures the top position and is cost-effective as well.

Apart from this, there are a few other things needed to make an excellent cable. They are a plier with a needle-nose, hot glue, a wire cutter, solder, and some soldering iron. In the end, you need a multimeter or continuity tester.

Making one for yourself saves not only your money but also the time. It relieves you from going through the hassle of getting one from a supplier. And that too, they might not even work. You also get the option of choosing the length of the wire by yourself.

HDMI cables

HDMI cables

2. Pay close attention to the length of the wire

RCA cables are still in use for various gaming consoles, VHS players, and even DVD players. The cable set comprises of three colors. There can be yellow, white, black, green, and red. They are usually used to denote left and right so that you don’t get confused. The color yellow indicates a composite video. The video data and the other two cables are there for audio channels.

The wire is an essential step in making the RCA cable. Different lengths of wires offer various video quality. Short length wires may or may not affect the transmission quality of the signals. You have to determine the extent you want and cut the cord.

That takes experience. And probably why you need an RCA cable manufacturer who understands your needs.

RCA Cable or plugs

RCA Cable or plugs

3. Customize the Length of the Wire but not too Much

Before soldering, you can cut a little of the cable’s outer jacket. Your custom RCA cable manufacturer can guide you on what’s the right length. They will study your project design. They will know what’s the correct length for your project needs.

4. There is a difference between Data wire and Ground wire

There are generally two types of cables involved in the RCA cables, data and ground wires.

The data wire or the signal conductor is the male prong that terminates on the shorter metal tab. And the ground wire is the female tube that ends on the more extended cost with the collar. Also, another significant point to keep in mind is that it matches the cables. If you are using gold wire, then you have to use a gold connector. When done the right way, this will not cause an electrolytic reaction. Your custom RCA cable manufacturer knows how to go about it.

RCA Cable

RCA Cable

5. Custom RCA cables need soldering on both the ends

The two types of data wire terminate on metal tabs. The data wire or the male prong of the cable terminates on the shorter metal tab. The female prong ends the longer tag.

The ground wire helps to shield the data. Overheating the ends may melt the plastic housing. It will result in deforming the threads and making screwing the back case difficult. You need an excellent RCA cable manufacturer who knows these little details.

Red, white, yellow RCA plug

Red, white, yellow RCA plug

6. Secure the Collar

The two tabs that will be sticking out after the soldering, make up the collar. It safeguards the cables to keep them in good condition. You have to keep in mind never to pull the cable out by the wires. As pulling it by the wires will loosen up the joint, and the cable will stop functioning.

At CLOOM Tech, we ensure that it doesn’t stay too close as or else it will cut down the insulation.

Cable and DVR box with RCA cables

Cable and DVR box with RCA cables

7. Your RCA Cable Manufacturer can Thread the Black Casings

The complex RCA cable manufacturing process involves threading the black casings. At CLOOM Tech, we thread the two black casings over the wire. The first end goes to the threading wire while the second one goes to the butt first.

8. Use a Heat Shrink Wrap

If you want more than one cable, then you have to use different color shrink wraps. They will help you distinguish among them. Keep in mind to use different colors of shrink wraps for the left and right channels. You don’t want to mix them up as they are the main cables for video and audio transmission.

Your RCA cable manufacturer will take a shrink wrap of about 2.5 cm or 1 inch. Then they will slide it over the wires on the cable. After that, they will allow it to slightly hang over the cable end. Finally, your cable manufacturer will heat it with a blow dryer to secure it.

Isolated wire ends

Isolated wire ends

9. Screw the casing together

Screwing the casing together is the last step in making an RCA cable. However, unless you get a reliable RCA cable manufacturer, it can be difficult. Your manufacturer needs to be able to slide off the outer barrel on the wires. It is what screws the end together after the soldering.

After that, the manufacturer looks for the U-shaped fold. It will be present with a fold via the center pin line. Once found, they put the conductor through the U fold and apply the soldering iron. This process will help heat the solder and thus connect it with the center pin.

At CLOOM Tech, we also add a little solder on the wire tops. We complete making a custom RCA cable by screwing the case back together over the soldered tabs.

RCA cables set up

RCA cables set up

Conclusion:

An RCA cable is easy to make if you follow the steps right. Talk to us about your custom RCA cable needs. We know what’s best for your project and can help design customizable solutions. Besides, the fact is that it is more affordable than an HDMI cable, it also operates like an HDMI cable.

At CLOOM Tech, we have the customer service you need. And a customized RCA solution you seek. Give us a call today!

At CLOOM Tech, we have the customer service you need. And a customized RCA solution you seek. Give us a call today!

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