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#73762 - 12/27/04 03:09 PM Digital co-axle cable question
rdwarn Offline
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I'm hooking up an Onkyo Home Theatre in a box for my parents. My Dad's existing DVD player only has a digital co-axle out (no optical). I ended up buying a 6' GE digital co-axle cable ($10) but was wondering if a digital co-axle cable was just a normal co-axle cable with RCA plugs on the end?

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#73763 - 12/27/04 03:37 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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It's just a normal coax cable. The only point is that many of the RCA to RCA cables which you would EXPECT to be coax are actually not...

Just for fun I tried hooking up a couple of different "normal" RCA-to-RCA cables from DVD to receiver and none of them worked.
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#73764 - 12/27/04 05:37 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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I have never bought a "coax cable" i have always used a regular interconnect for the coax.I have never had a problem with them not working.
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#73765 - 12/27/04 05:56 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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You probably pay more than $1.50 for your regular interconnects
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#73766 - 12/28/04 12:08 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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I've seen a test (not sure where) where a guy used a coat hanger with RCAs on the end as a digital cable. It had one error. The actual cable had 2. Therefore, statistically insignificant.
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#73767 - 12/28/04 01:00 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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Wow... no ground at all ?
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#73768 - 12/28/04 01:25 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
TurboDog1 Offline
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SHHHHH!!!!....You're going to spoil it for all the Monster Cable guys.

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#73769 - 12/28/04 03:36 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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Damn it Ken!!! Now we're going to start to see Monster Coat Hangars for $150 each and have to start to go through endless threads about "proper hangar break-in time".

Thanks Ken, Thanks ALOT.

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#73770 - 12/28/04 03:37 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
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Not as far as I could tell. Here's the article. This is why I will not spend gallons of dough on cables. Except for looks, and if I happen to get a really large Axiom gift certificate!
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#73771 - 12/28/04 03:42 PM Re: Digital co-axle cable question
rdwarn Offline
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Thanks for all the responses. I was thinking the "digital coax" cable was just a regular coax with RCA ends but wasn't sure. I ended up just getting a GE "Digital coax" for $9.99. If I was going to make my own, RCA ends at Home Depot are like $3.00 a piece so I don't feel like I paid all that much more. By the way, the equivalent "digital coax" in Monster Cable was $19.99!

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