Are cables the same?

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Scott Burke, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Scott Burke

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    Let me start by saying I know that quality of cables are different, but that is not my question.

    My question has to do with the signal running through the cables. For instance, if I have standard a/v cables are they constructed for their specific purpose (yellow for video, red & white for audio) or are the cables colored just for the consumers sake?

    Or if you don't understand that...
    Is the yellow tipped video cable constructed differently than the other two cables? Just curious.
     
  2. Chu Gai

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    I can't speak with 100% certainty but generally speaking, they're all made the same. Take for instance Radio Shack A/V cables (15-1508). The reply I obtained from them (quite detailed actually) indicates no differences in construction.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I can assure you that the stuff you see that comes in the box with VCRs and such are all the same.

    Back in the 80’s Radio Shack’s Gold series A/V cables had a substantially different-looking video cable – it was much thicker than the two audio cables. Don’t know why, or if there really was a construction difference, but this seems to be a thing of the past for the Golds. The ones Chu referenced are similar to what the Shack has been offering for many years now.

    I believe they do have different construction with their new Fusion cables, though.

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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
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    I believe bluejeans cables sells an A/V cable with the video cable different from the audio cables.

    Jack
     
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    Well if you know what particular cable BJ is offering one could look up the information as they're quite forthcoming with their materials of construction. I don't know about the fusions though Wayne...if I think of it, i'll spin off an email to the Shack for more info.
     
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    Okay..... This is slight OT, but I think related enough to bring it up here.

    What is the deal with "gold-tipped" optical cables. I don't claim to know it all, but I do have an above-average education and understanding of physics, optics, and electricity (BSEE). So am I just totally missing something here by wondering what difference gold tips on the end of a fiber-optic cable would make in the quality of the digital bits being transferred (and quite honestly the quality of optical signal received is even a moot point as long as the receiver can distinguish a 0 from a 1).

    Anyone have a good explanation of why there are gold-tipped fiber cables?

    Mike W.
     
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    I know that the cheap cables that comes with most DVD and VSH decks are the same. The better cables have more shielding around the video cable. Video signal are more prone to pick up interference. Specially in longer runs.
     
  9. Chu Gai

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    You're right in that gold tipped optical cables confer no advantage with the signal. Gold plating though is fairly inexpensive, resists corrosion, and matches to some extent the other connectors in the back that you have that are likely gold plated also.
     
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    sorry, wrong post
     

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