Audio/Video Cables - Start-Up

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by bayneCJ, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. bayneCJ

    bayneCJ Auditioning

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    I have just purchased my first home theatre and need some help accessorizing it with audio and video cables. I purchased a Sony 42" Grand Wega Rear Projection LCD TV and a Sony 6.1 Home Theater System with a Progressive-Scan DVD player (Model: SON HT6800DP). I am also having high-def DVR cable converter installed. My friends swears to make this work, I need good cables. Can someone provide me a basic list of what cables (and brands) I should invest in with due consideration to the cost/benefit. Thanks!
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Since you're asking for specific cable recommendations, I've moved your post to here. The Basics area is intended more for general discussion at the beginner level -- that is, theoretical stuff, essential things, not brand recommendations.

    Oh, and welcome to Home Theater Forum.
     
  3. Mort Corey

    Mort Corey Supporting Actor

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    The most important cables for your setup are going to be the video cables from the cable box and DVD player to the TV. My cable company provided me with the DVI connection cable at no cost......a $100+ DVI cable from a retail store is not (and did not...it got returned but I had to see for myself) going to imporve PQ...it's 0's and 1's. You should be able to get a good quality set of component cables in the 1-2meter length range for $50 or less.

    Mort
     
  4. Kevin T

    Kevin T Screenwriter

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    as far as brands go....most mass market stores are gonna try to sell you the monster line. if you want a better built cable than what came with the components, i'd suggest looking into the acoustic research pro-series line. you can buy them pretty cheap at:

    http://www.accessories4less.com

    you can also look into getting custom made cables from:

    http://www.bluejeanscable.com
    http://www.heartlandcables.com
    http://www.cobaltcable.com
    http://www.bettercables.com
    http://www.catcables.com

    personally, i prefer heartland cables, but that's just my preference. the sky is the limit when it comes to cables. you can spend a couple of bucks per foot or several thousand per foot. you may or may not hear a difference.

    kevin t
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Bayne. Welcome to HTF!

    There is a lot of marketing propaganda out there about cables. Your friend has been swayed.

    My short advice: go to one of the above custom cable sites and order a custom cable. They will sell you HD rated cables starting at about $60. You CAN go with the AR brand of cables, but these start at $40 and are NOT rated for HD video signals.

    The custom cable sites are NOT $$$ botique cables. They are simply the professional coax used by broadcast and production studios. This stuff is rated for HD video.

    If your friend pushes you to buy some other brand of cable, go ahead. But make sure the maker says that cable is "HD" capable or has a bandwith above about 90 Mhz.

    Search for "BlueJeansCables" and you will find lots of members praising the quality and service of this site. Be sure to mention HTF as they treat our members well. (Ok, they treat all their customers well.) The owner is a member here and he takes care of us.

    You will need 2 cables to run directly from your 2 box's to your television. This is the prefered way to hook things up.
     
  6. JamesGL

    JamesGL Stunt Coordinator

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    Yes, BJC makes good products.

    I have ordered a few cables from them already.
    They seem to be very busy lately. I was hoping to get my order finalized today but still waiting for a reply.
     

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