Amp connection questions

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    I just picked up a Emotiva XPA-5
    I'm using 12 gauge speaker wire from the amp to the speakers.
    What are the best cables to use from the AVR to the amp??
     
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    RCA cables.
     
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    ok. RCA
    ok, now why not XLR to RCA?
    balanced or unbalanced?
    And if RCA what would be considered the best ones at monoprice?
    thanks!
     
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    If you want to waste money buying RCA/XLR, sure, go right ahead.
    If one end is unbalanced, both ends are. If you have some RCA laying around the house, unused...use them. Heck you could even use one of these...
    http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Component-Video-Cable-Audio/dp/B001MSU1HQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356473906&sr=1-3&keywords=component+video+audio
    And yes, I know the component is RG6/shielded and the audio part isn't...but I doubt you'd notice a difference.
     
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    It was an inquiry from a new guy. I went with the RCA's
     
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    Would this cable be sufficient? or is there a better choice? http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2864&seq=1&format=2
     
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    Yep, it is 22awg RG59. Overkill, but "not overkill" is 80% of what those cost.
     
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    "Overkill, but "not overkill" is 80% of what those cost." I'm sorry, can you translate that. hahaha
     
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    I doubt you'd notice a difference... http://www.amazon.com/RiteAV-RCA-Stereo-Audio-Cable/dp/B000UZ66YY/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1357230094&sr=1-7&keywords=rca+cable
     
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    What I mean is... The cable from pre-amp to amp just needs to be an RCA. What the actual composition of that cable is doesn't matter(if no "outlying issues" are present). That $1.50 cable is more than likely more than enough. If you have a wifi network running into your AVR or CFL bulbs in the room...then you need RG59/6 shielded(maybe). But there is no reason not to buy the MP cables. So, spend $4.26 or $10.35.
     
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    Or you could spend even less money and buy two of these(assuming you are running 6*, not 4)... http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10235&cs_id=1023507&p_id=320&seq=1&format=2 *I'm taking 3 RCA, total of 6 connections...
     
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    Point being...if you are running 6 channels http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10235&cs_id=1023507&p_id=320&seq=1&format=2 (x2) equals http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2864&seq=1&format=2&ref=cj (x3) Or if running 5....buy one of each. It also looks like the component cable is actually 3 separate cables anyway...or looks like you can separate them by pulling them apart like Red Vines/Twizzler.
     
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    That's cool. Just making sure. I'd already gotten these and wanted to be sure they were a sufficient choice. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2864&seq=1&format=2 All hooked up and not that impressed with the amp addition.
     
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    Another "Hey I got more power, what gives?" lesson... I had a feeling your problem wasn't power.
     
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    No lesson learned here. I can definitely tell a difference when I turn the volume all the way up. Effortless power and clarity at high volume. It just takes alot to impress me. And for those looking for a night/day difference it won't happen. My expectations were met.
     

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