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  • Where can I find good cheap RCA cables?

    I was looking in radioshack and they're so expensive! Just wondering if there's a secret place with good cheap cables! Thanks.

    -Kev

    Stereo gets rewired today!

  • #2
    your handy with a soldering iron? make your own.... cheaper and you have the advantage of making the cable to the exact sizing you need.... just pick up some twin shielded audio cable and a few rca plugs.....
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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    • #3
      RG-59 coax cable has excellent shielding (it's just a little stiffer to work with) and you can get screw on RCA connectors for the F-type connection on the coax cable. The RCA connectors cost about a buck each and the cable is dirt cheap.

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      • #4
        If you do make your own RCA patch-cords, be sure to use the correct type of wire.

        Eg. RG-59 has different impedence (resistance) values than RG-50

        Be sure to match the cable to your equipment.
        -James-

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        *NIX command for today: rm -rf /bin/laden

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        • #5
          Check out www.recotondirect.com sometimes they have really cheap ones there.

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          • #6
            Wal-Mart, which carries Rectron/Jenson's road gear RCA and Speaker cable.. Look in the (cheesy) car stereo area (the stuff in electronics is for home equipment and is not going to be long enough.) Decent cables, they are not audiophile, nor are they street wires, but they work well enough.

            Good Luck.
            I cheat, I own an empeg.
            Meskimen's Law: There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
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            • #7
              I've always bought Pyramid patch cables. The insulation appears to be silicon, they feel very high in quality, and the connectors are molded and gold plated. Not too high in price either....
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              • #8
                Where can I get these pyramid cables?

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                • #9
                  I went to allelectronics.com and found a bunch of cheap audio cables. This one says its 75 ohms, will this still work and sound immaculate? I really need 6 connectors on each end thats 12 feet long. I don't care if I have extra cable. Here are some more. Please tell me wahts the best buy!

                  <A HREF="http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=ACB-25&type=store" TARGET=_blank>http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=ACB-25&type=store[/ URL]
                  [URL=http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=ACB-10&type=store]http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=ACB-10&type=store[/ URL]
                  [URL=http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=DCB-300&type=store]http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=DCB-300&type=store </A>
                  http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=DCB-144&type=store
                  http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=940&item=DCB-108&type=store

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                  • #10
                    Pyramid stuff is sold at most car audio shops.
                    Player: Pentium 166MMX, Amptron 598LMR MB w/onboard Sound, Video, LAN, 10.2 Gig Fujitsu Laptop HD, Arise 865 DC-DC Converter, Lexan Case, Custom Software w/Voice Interface, MS Access Based Playlists
                    Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (highly modded), 1978 RX-7 Beater (Dead, parting out), 2001 Honda Insight
                    "If one more body-kitted, cut-spring-lowered, farty-exhausted Civic revs on me at an intersection, I swear I'm going to get out of my car and cram their ridiculous double-decker aluminium wing firmly up their rump."

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                    • #11
                      Use CAT-5 UTP networking cable for IC runs in a car. They'll probably be the least noisy cables you'll test.

                      Yes, some manufacturers also offer TP cabling. Some of them have completely ruined the concept by putting drain and other shielding on them, actually increasing interference pick-up.

                      Metal shields on the cable are to prevent or cut back RFI. You're not as likely to get RFI in the floor of your car as you are elsewhere, such as in the home or on a rooftop.

                      CAT-5 has the added benefit of having 4 pairs, allowing for up to 4 channels in one run. You just have to make sure to properly secure your connectors and use some heat shrink to keep neat and prevent breaking.

                      Oh, and never use any type of barrel connector to extend the legth of your interconnects (it will be a nice weak spot where your run is no longer twisted for noise rejection). Just run new IC - cost isn't an issue if using CAT-5 in this instance.

                      #1 factor behind choosing wire: NOISE REJECTION. Never look at cabling that claims to offer any type of enhancement to the sound.

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                      • #12
                        There isn't much of an advantage to using twisted pair cable for audio in a car environment. The signals are unbalanced and referenced to ground so the whole advantage of noise rejection is lost. The only way to have it work that way would be to use a differential transmitter and receiver at either end of the cable. My guess(i.e. I didnt grab the calculator and work out the figures) is that you would still be better off with well shielded cable by far for noise rejection. Cat 5 would probably work well but this would probably be due to the shielding of the car body more than the twisted pairs. I would try hooking up an amp to a head unit via normal shielded and then Cat5 and then placing the cables close to the spark plug leads(wont be seeing my car for another two weeks however ). This would probably be the best way to find out exactly how much difference there is.

                        [ 09-26-2001: Message edited by: Technics ]

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