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Are Acoustic Research brand cables good enough for a $600 HT setup?

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   kurt_fire


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Posted April 11 2003 - 06:19 AM

I have the onkyo 650 surround sound system...and i was wondering if an acoustic research brand coax cable would be good enough to connect my dvd player with. or should i upgrade to monster??

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted April 11 2003 - 06:52 AM

Any cheap coax will do. If you ask me AR cable is serious overkill. I use $7 coax cables from my local hardware store for my system and I'm running separates!
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted April 11 2003 - 07:09 AM

I've always found AR and Monster to be on the same line, in terms of quality and performance. Radioshack being a little bit lower, and companies like Bettercables and DIY builders like BlueJeans and Wicked being a little bit higher. I think any one would be suitable for a low to mid level HT. -Vince
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Bob McElfresh

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Posted April 11 2003 - 11:10 AM

For the coaxial-digital connection, any good video cable will do. These are digital signals and are much less sensitive to the cable than say analog signals. And the people who wrote the interface specification (called SPDIF) had a 75 ohm video cable in mind.

Following the 10% rule, you should only spend a total of $60 on all your cables and interconnects. Use this as a guideline to make sure you dont over-buy.

Good oxygen-free 12 ga speaker wire like the Sound King brand from www.partsexpress.com could put you a bit over if you have really-long runs to the rear speakers, but the bang-for-buck factor cant be beat.

And try to use SVideo at least for the video connection between the DVD player and the TV. It's a big step up from Composite (single RCA cable).

Hope this helps.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Lam Nguyen

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Posted April 12 2003 - 07:32 AM

The acoustic research cable is good enough for your set up, these cables are made well, you won't hear the difference if you buy Monster.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   John Sully

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Posted April 12 2003 - 07:54 AM

In fact, I don't care if you've spent $6000 or $60000 on your system: AR cables will be just fine and you wouldn't be able to hear a single difference if you buy the silly expensive mega-mega buck cables. Just avoid pack-ins.

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted April 12 2003 - 01:49 PM

no, but looks good and priced nicely. good job.

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