1/8" stereo cable - maximum length for reliable transmission?

MedievalMan

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I want to hook up auxillary powered systems that I have to one source (ie my home theater receiver.)

However, I'd need to split that output 3 ways, with running distances of 30, 50, and 75 ft?

Would this be possible, or would the loss/distortion be unacceptable (I'm willing to accept some.)

I'm also not willing to spend a fortune on cable, so perhaps something from www.monoprice.com?

Thanks.

-Matt
 

Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Typically it’s not a problem. There will be some loss in signal level due to the splits – nothing that the volume control of the secondary amp can’t compensate for.

Distortion is not an issue – however, in your situation the problem might be the 1/8” stereo cable you plan on using. Often headphone cables aren’t shielded, which is generally considered a must for long cable runs. Using unshielded wiring, you could pick up some noise.

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Wayne
 

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