Cables & Wires

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steve Gazi, Oct 7, 2001.

  1. Steve Gazi

    Steve Gazi Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd like to buy some good cables and wires for my TV and electronics, but I have no idea what I need. I just got digital cable, too. I'm looking for RCA cables to go from my digital cable to my stereo. It's not a high-end stereo, just an Aiwa, so it only has RCA inputs. Would I need to change the cable from my digital cable box to my TV? It doesn't have any inputs other than the coaxial. Any help would be appreicated.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Steve.
    You can get some good-quality cables from places like Radio Shack and any store that carries Acoustic Research (AR) brand.
    I only suggest the really good places (like www.bettercables.com, or www.wickedcables.com) when you get to larger than a 50" TV, go Progressive/HD, or have a long run.
    Since your TV only has coaxial inputs (for the RF signal) you are limited, but this means you only have to buy these cables:
    - CATV Coax from DigitalCable box to the TV. (Likely you already have this.)
    - L/R audio cables from the L/R audio output of the cable box to the L/R inputs on the Aiwa stereo. (Pick some un-used input)
    When you want to enjoy better sound, just turn down the TV and fire up the receiver. You can use the remote for the cable box to control the channel-switching.
    Good Luck.
     
  3. Steve Gazi

    Steve Gazi Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks for the info. [​IMG] Are there any specific types of audio cables I'd need? Monster Cables? I know there's different cables for different things.
     
  4. Saurav

    Saurav Cinematographer

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    Monster Cable is a brand name, they make many different kinds of cables. For your application, I would recommend going down to your nearest Radio Shack and picking up their Gold Series RCA interconnects for your audio connections. If you don't have the coax video cable, get one of those too. These are fairly cheap (the RCA cables are about $10 depending on length), and they're pretty well built, and with your system you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference with anything more expensive.
     

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