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Need help : Audio cables

Discussion in 'Receivers and amplifiers' started by apokai, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. apokai

    apokai Member

    Dec 28, 2004
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    Hi all,

    Just bought a receiver. Got 2 questions :

    1) Quality cables : Is there a great concern about the quality of S-Video cables ? I found an hardware place that sell S-Video cables (15 ft.) for 3,75$ when superstores sell them at 30$. Is there really a big difference ?

    2) My TV Receiver got two audio outputs : RCA and digital coax (that looks like one RCA connection). Which one is better ? Also, what kind of cable I need for this digital coax ? Does a RCA Cable enough ? thk !
  2. Razz1234

    Razz1234 Guest

    There is lots of talk about the importance of cables, especially audio cables. When it comes to S-Video cables, I have not noticed that much of a difference and have not heard or read much difference in them as well. It is an analog signal so there should be some qualiy differences. But I think the differences are too small to notice (at least for me they are).

    The question is... Do you want to spend $45 dollars MORE for a better cable that is not giving you a "noticable" improvement. That $45 dollars could go to a better "audio" cable that would increase sound quality. In an S-Video cable, i just look for good termination (ends) with gold plated tips.

    I'm a little confused about your 2nd question. You said "my TV receiver got two audio outputs" Did you mean Satalight reciever or mabey Cable. I'm going to assume you did. If so then I need to know if you have a A/V reciever that you are plugging the audio into. Again, if you are then deffinately use the "digital coax" and plug that into your "digital coax IN" on your reciever.

    Almost all recievers will have a better conversion of the digital audio than the satalight and cable boxes.
    The digital audio out is FAR better than the RCA for two reasons.

    1. No loss of signal (theoretically)
    2. The Digital to Audio Coverters (DAC's) in most A/V recievers are far better than sat/cable receivers

    Lastly, don't use a regular RCA cable for the Digital Coax input. You need to use a digital cable or one rated to [75ohms]. You will be able to find this at most stores, radio shack, best buy, circut city.. all will have them. You will probably pay between $15 - $25 for it. Try looking online too.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 31, 2004
  3. p5yco

    p5yco Guest

    for a start you should always go with the shortest cable you can get away wit, signals lose strength over a distance and will be more susceptible to interferance. good cables do make a difference, try a specialist hi-fi/home cinema store. for digital coax you need a coaxial cable, this is used to send digital signals to an av amp or receiver from a dvd or cd etc.

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