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    High Quality 3.5mm to RCA?

    Hello,

    I've seen many RCA interconnect that are high quality, but no 3.5mm to RCA...

    Anyone know where to find them?

    I am using cheapo monoprice ones. I have a splitter that is their "high quality" and that is thicker, which is actually a problem. I can't use two of them next to each other because the plug is too thick and the audio outputs are too close (on any sound card it seems to be the case).

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    most of the higher quality ones are going to be thicker. maybe try looking at some ones that are labeled that they are for ipods?

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    Thanks for the reply,

    I searched for the cable with ipod in the search. I found a few things, but this one looks pretty nice:

    http://www.ramelectronics.net/audio-...prodM2RCA.html

    This looks nice too but really expensive:

    http://www.audioaffair.co.uk/index.p...&productId=464

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    really, this cable should be fine. i have never been able to tell the difference between audio cables unless they are really, really cheap.

    and i have had good luck with cables2go stuff before..

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    copper is copper is copper.

    If you want the bestest best SQ, then get one that has a twisted pair inside of identical length. Monster makes a 1/8" to RCA. I would never recommend anyone buy a Monster cable retail price, but if you can get them cheaper then they are worth it. They look nice, and they function the same. All the marketing hype is just that, hype. The positives are that the jacks are very solidly joined to the wiring and shielding, so it can take more abuse. The insides have a twisted pair as well. Without an oscilliscope you wont be able to tell the difference between a Monster cable and a $1 chinese cable, but if you want a good looking setup, I like the look of them.
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    haha thanks. Actually I was curious about why people have nicer looking, high quality cables in their setups. I assumed there was a noticeable difference in sound.

    Your general thought on cables is pretty much the same as mine. All my cables are from monoprice and are dirt cheap.

    And yea I hate monster. Over hyped crap. I had a friend that worked at best buy and he told me that the biggest discounts he got was with monster cables.

    So I will look at more twisted pairs. If they aren't too crazy expensive I may give them a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    copper is copper is copper.

    If you want the bestest best SQ, then get one that has a twisted pair inside of identical length. Monster makes a 1/8" to RCA. I would never recommend anyone buy a Monster cable retail price, but if you can get them cheaper then they are worth it. They look nice, and they function the same. All the marketing hype is just that, hype. The positives are that the jacks are very solidly joined to the wiring and shielding, so it can take more abuse. The insides have a twisted pair as well. Without an oscilliscope you wont be able to tell the difference between a Monster cable and a $1 chinese cable, but if you want a good looking setup, I like the look of them.

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    Yup the short time I worked at RadioShack, I made full use of my employee discount of 85% on Monster cables. It brought them down to a price that was reasonable for an obviously high quality cable.

    Sound/Video wise there is little difference. But the connections are always solid and just "feel" good. Very tight grip, little physical play/movement, and of course the look cool. I have monster cables for all my audio setups and video setups. What I didnt buy at 85% off, I got a friend in China to buy and ship over to me for around $3 to $4 a cable. They are all made at the same factory, then some are skimmed off the top and sold on the streets, others are sent over here for rediculous markup.

    I even have a Monster USB cable lol. It has a blinking blue light on both ends when the D+/D- lines are active which is nifty and why I bought it. That was close to $10, but it is 3m long...

    I would get buddy buddy with someone in a big box store and get their employee discount. I think I might even still be "Monster Certified" but no employer ID to get the discount through the merchant portal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FantaXP7 View Post
    Actually I was curious about why people have nicer looking, high quality cables in their setups. I assumed there was a noticeable difference in sound.
    Most do, but usually it's just the bling.

    As above, copper is copper.
    Gold is a poor conductor.
    RCAs etc are NOT high power (hence copper thickness is NOT an issue).
    But things like shielding quality or socket & connection/solder quality are often the difference.


    Since RCA-RCA are so common, I usually cut them and add my other required connector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    most of the higher quality ones are going to be thicker. maybe try looking at some ones that are labeled that they are for ipods?
    What he said.....

    Its going to be thick and usually gold platted instead of silver.
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