Subwoofer Cable - Worth the Money in People's Experience?

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  1. Geoff Costello

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    I have a decent subwoofer and I am considering upgrading to specialist subwoofer cable. For example Monster make a broad range of specialist cables from the moderate to the "silly" prices of $US200+
    To get all but the most basic of these cables in Perth Australia - you have to order them (and pay an outrageous mark-up) - so there is no real chance to compare - I have to buy blid. With Perth being a long way from the rest of the world my choice is more limited. Basically I can get Monster and Tara Labs but not much else in the specialist subwoofer range cable range.
    I guess I am interested firstly in peoples experiences (good and bad) with upgrading to the cables and then if anyone has done a comparison between the different prices / grades of cables. E.g I compared Monster / Tara model X with Y and found no diffence, some difference etc
    Thanks in advance for your responses [​IMG]
     
  2. Rob Lloyd

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    I've only tried a few - cheap cables (very thin, comes w/ most gear), a different cheap cable (thicker RG coax) and one I made from Canare cables and connectors. The Canare cable is definetly better - it sounds cleaner and seems to have a better lower range.
    I'd go for a nice RG6 coax cable and you should be ok. I woulnd't spend $200 on a cable (even in your dollars) for a sub. I've heard from others that the $50-60 monster sub cable is just fine.

    Rob
     
  3. Fernand

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    Hi There!
    All my HT system is wired with Monster Cables and believe me when I said the difference is VERY noticeable compared to ordinary and cheap cable. Regarding the subwoofer cable, I recommend you the Monster Cable Interlink 201. It's THX certified and you can find it in EBAY for about 25 bucks; GREAT CABLE!!!
    Godspeed!! [​IMG]
     
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    how long of a length are you thinking about? not much in the way handling frequencies is asked of a sub cable.
     
  6. Martin Rendall

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    I'm using a surplus component video cable for my sub. No problems.

    Martin.
     
  7. DaleBesh

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    I am not into esoteric cables, and in general really don't care for Monster cables over Bettercables.
    With the exception of the 6 channel analog interface between my DVD player and receiver, which is an IXOS.

    But I do run a Monster Sub cable (MB400 SW-24) to my sub because:

    1: Appears to be of good quality in terms of materials and workmanship

    2: Has a small profile and is very flexible.

    3: Has a neutral color.

    4: Sounds just fine.
     
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    I second the use of RG6, especially when you get into longer runs that need custom length cables.
     
  9. Leon Liew

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    QUOTE :
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    All my HT system is wired with Monster Cables and believe
    me when I said the difference is VERY noticeable compared to
    ordinary and cheap cable.
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    Hey Fernand,count me in we are in the same league.I use the Zbass 100 subwoofer cable.[​IMG]
     
  10. Ted Ross

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    I am with the others on this post who recommended RG6
     
  11. Dave Nibeck

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    3rd on the RG6. If it's good enough to transfer HiDef video, it should be good enough to handle the limited content heading to the sub.
     
  12. Haru

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    I sidestepped the problem quite neatly when I bought the NHT SubTwoi. It's controller is a rack sized external unit that sits with my components. NHT included a 20' unidirectional cable that looks to be of very good quality. Then I bought another one and that too came with the cable. I use these and have no concerns what so ever.

    For the record, I think Monster Cable has a FANTASTIC racket going.
     
  13. Seth_L

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    simple, cheap and good sub cable.

    Take two of part number 091-465 (RCA male to female F connector) from Parts Express Then you can grab anything from a cheapo generic $4.50 50' RG-59 coax cable (180-115) to a more expensive Dayton Audio RG-6U 25' cable for $19.80 (181-616) to the "cost no object" $69.80 12" AR Master Series cable (181-760). It's all up to you.

    Seth
     
  14. Leon Liew

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    It's a matter of choice and one's belief in a product and
    not a racket,period.
     

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