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WHAT SIZE COAX CABLE IS BEST FOR HDTV?


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#1 of 8 jason123

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Posted May 10 2008 - 09:53 AM

I am wiring my basement now and I just wanted to make sure I am putting large enough cable for HDTV, 1080P etc...I bought some RG6 at home depot..is that the right size?

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Posted May 10 2008 - 09:54 AM

To be clear the wiring I am referring to is for a HDDVR Direct TV receiver

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Posted May 10 2008 - 03:42 PM

I believe RG6 is the proper choice but it's been a while since I wired my house and my memory ain't what it used to be Posted Image . But RG6 sounds right.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
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Posted May 10 2008 - 03:44 PM

Yes, RG6 is the preferred size, it has more shielding than RG59. I am running cable so I am not sure but I think to do direct tv correctly, you must run two cables to each location. Someone chime in here but I think two to each is the way to go.
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Posted May 11 2008 - 01:27 AM

Quote:
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Yes, RG6 is the preferred size, it has more shielding than RG59.
Shieldng on the RG-59 is perfectly fine. RG-6 is completely overkill unless you are working in TV station. RG-6 has a larger center conductor and that allows the receiver to send voltage back to the multi-switch with less loss.

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I am running cable so I am not sure but I think to do direct tv correctly, you must run two cables to each location. Someone chime in here but I think two to each is the way to go.
Yes, you need 1 cable per tuner and the DVRs have two tuners. But there is a new technology that allows you to run both tuners with a single cable. The Single Wire Multi-Switch is not a standard piece of equipment but it does allow people who can't run an additional cable to be able to fully utilize the DVR.

If you want OTA, you will need to run an additional cable. You can't diplex OTA with the new HD channels.

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#6 of 8 jason123

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Posted May 21 2008 - 10:00 AM

what is OTA and diplex? Sorry idiot talking here..I ran 2 cables where my box will be...

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Posted May 21 2008 - 12:57 PM

OTA is "over the air" (as in roof top antenna) and diplexing is using a single cable to input two signal sources. You can't combine an OTA and HD satellite signals into one cable connected to the back of a satellite receiver. You need to use a separate cable for each.
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RG-6 is completely overkill
This may be true but I had to use a 75 foot cable so I went a little "over-kill". When it comes to running cables thru walls, under houses and up thru the floor I use the best I can get because I only want to do it once.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#8 of 8 thrca

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Posted May 23 2008 - 04:01 PM

Just wanted to chime in briefly here...
While I have spent time in a cable company, which might bias my opinion, I would use RG-6 for everything. The cost difference is not dramatic between the two, and I feel that RG-6 will better protect your cabling investment as well as be slightly more resistant to loss due to the larger center conductor.

On a side note, the one recommendation I absolutely will note is that if you are doing your own connectors, either go buy or bribe your cable guy for a decent set of compression crimpers and cable prep strippers instead of mechanical crimp connectors. Compression fittings are going to be a more reliable connection. Not sure if they make these for RG59 though. Dont nick your center conductor (stinger).





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