Thursday, April 19, 2007


Cable spaghetti

Cable spaghetti (sometimes known as plastic spaghetti, rat's nest, or cable clutter) is a term used to describe the often undesirable large mass of cables behind or connecting electronic devices, both for computers and entertainment systems.
Cable spaghetti for the home user is caused by the growing number of interconnected devices used in entertainment and computer systems. Whereas a record player and cassette deck were likely the only two components found up to the 1980s, today's systems can have an amplifier (or several if a preamplifier and power amplifier are used, and yet more for a passive subwoofer, a Tactile transducer or alternative transducer), television, CD player, SA-CD player, Laser Disc player, RF demodulator, VCR, DVD player, Blu-Ray disc or HD-DVD player, personal video recorder, cable or satellite tuner, video game console, and computer all connected in the same system. Cable clutter can even cause problems with audio and visual quality due to electromagnetic interference with other cables.
Cable spaghetti can be reduced or even eliminated with a properly designed and used cable management system. However, due to the nature of the work being a time consuming trial-and-error process, few users bother or attempt it. In the context of neatly building computers, the art is known as cablegami. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Cable spaghetti". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.

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