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Subwoofer cable vs stereo RCA interconnect?
#343722 03/31/11 05:01 PM
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Hi,
I have integrated amp which has L/R pre-out. So i want to connect it to a subwoofer. Since the sub will be at seating area, i need long cable (25 ft). My sub also has L/R RCA line input.

Question: Can i use 2 25ft subwoofer cables ( i have several extra ones)to connect pre-amp L/R pre-out to L/R RCA sub, instead of buying a pair of stereo RCA?

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audiofan #343724 03/31/11 05:25 PM
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Yeah, all audio, line-level, coax cables are designed to carry the same signal. In fact sub woofer cables are less demanding than the full audio range interconnects.

The only worry would be as to the quality of the shielding if it is being run near power cables or in areas with a lot of RF. Or for long runs is the cable is really thin.

Otherwise what ever you have will work.


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ClubNeon #343728 03/31/11 06:11 PM
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Thanks for replying.
Right now, i'm just trying out the sub with 2-channel stereo. So, once i'm set, i will get the high quality cable. I need 2 pairs of cables (25ft long).

Which cable do you recommend? There are many out there in the market though.

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audiofan #343731 03/31/11 06:43 PM
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I like Blue Jeans Cable. Though they are overkill for most home setups; at least they are well-priced overkill.


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ClubNeon #343737 03/31/11 07:36 PM
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Hi Audiofan,

Just thought I'd mention that the general consensus around these parts is that as long as the wire is of thick enough gauge to carry the current the distance you need to go, all is good. However, as somebody mentioned, shielding verses interference can be an issue and some coax and RCA cables are indeed shielded better than others.

I guess the point I wanted to make is that when you referred to "high quality" cables, I wouldn't worry about paying big bucks for crazy priced, audiophile brands. As long as the electrical signal gets there unimpeded, the sound quality will be the same.

I am pretty sure you just referred to some thicker, shielded cabling but thought I'd throw this out there, just in case.


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Murph #343740 03/31/11 08:51 PM
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What do you think about the monoprice RG-6 cables, Chris?


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Ken.C #343743 03/31/11 09:01 PM
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They're probably fine. I just don't shop at Monoprice. I find their website a jumble, and even when you do find a part that will fit, you don't know exactly what you're getting. I feel this way about every place I shop. I usually know the manufacturer's part number of what I want, I've gotten all the specs I need from the source; it's just a matter of finding a good place to buy it.

When I'm looking for something more generic, like wire, I often have to rely on the reseller to tell me what I'm getting. Monoprice fails in that respect, by providing next to zero technical information. Including statements like:

Quote:
Monoprice continually strives to improve its product line to bring our customers the best products available. Therefore, changes may be made to listed specifications without prior notice. Item received may not match photo or specs shown.

...makes me run away screaming.

But that's just me.


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I've had good luck with them, although their premium connectors are pretty tight. And the miniplug->RCA cable I got from them is RIDICULOUSLY fat.


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Ken.C #343745 03/31/11 09:11 PM
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As one of my favorite geeks is known to say, "sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'll never know." I can't get past their appearance (website) to actually order something.

If I were in the market for as cheap as possible, Chinese made cables, I'd just go with Tartan Cable.


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Mmmm. Sewer rat is starting to sound better all the time.

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