Monitor Links

Although the Leads Direct technical library is one of the most comprehensive resources of its kind, we can’t keep everything on every subject! The links below point to online resources that can provide further information or guidance on Monitors and … Continue reading

Computer Monitor Wiring

SVGA connections have been the standard way of connecting computers to their monitors since 1990. The SVGA (Super VGA) video interface offers more colours and resolutions then the VGA (Video Graphics Array) interface it replaced, but does not really exist … Continue reading

DVI Wiring Information and Pinout Table

Leads Direct is proud to have been an early provider of high quality DVI monitor leads and cables long before some other suppliers in the UK.  The company carries a wide range of ready made DVI leads and accessories up to 10m … Continue reading

Fitting BNC Crimp Connectors

This tutorial covers the fitting of three part BNC crimp connectors to RG59 coaxial cable, but it is also appropriate to many other types of coaxial cable and RF connector – things like the strip depth may change but the … Continue reading

What is the difference between Australian and Chinese mains plugs?

It is possible to interchange the connectors but not recommended. The chinese cables are stamped with the official chinese approvals logo, as shown below: Whilst the australian has their own approvals, as shown below: These approval stamps are one of … Continue reading

Do we have a surcharge for credit and debit card payments?

The answer to this question is no we do not charge for taking credit and debit card payments. We accpet all major credit and debit cards. Here is a list of the credit and debit card we can take:- Visa, … Continue reading

Can I get a USB to Firewire Converter?

It is not generally possible to connect USB to Firewire since they run at entirely different speeds – it would be like trying to power a Ferrari with a lawnmower engine or vice versa! USB 1 runs at a maximum … Continue reading

What is the difference between UK voltage and European voltage

The voltage used throughout Europe (including the UK) has been harmonised since January 2003 at a nominal 230v 50 Hz (formerly 240V in UK, 220V in the rest of Europe) but this does not mean there has been a real … Continue reading

How long can an SVGA monitor cable be before the picture degrades?

There is no hard and fast answer to this question, because performance is always dependent upon the products you are connecting and the environment in which they are connected. However, we do not normally recommend a booster until you get … Continue reading

What do TS and TRS mean?

These terms refer to the format of jack plug used. TS (Tip and Sleeve) equates to Mono or Unbalanced and TRS (Tip, Ring, and Sleeve) equates to Stereo or Balanced. All three terms can be used interchangeably for each type … Continue reading

Are XLR microphone leads and XLR speaker leads exactly the same thing?

No, the type of cable and the connections are entirely different. Normal XLR cables are designed to carry low voltage low impedance audio signals over two cores and a shield whilst the speaker version will only use two very much … Continue reading

If SCART connectors are so awful, why do we have them at all?

The SCART connector was introduced to TVs in 1977. Effectively as a trade protection mesaure it became compulsory on all new television sets sold in France starting from January 1980 – this was intended to stop Japanese television sets coming … Continue reading

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