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  1. jeff cr

    jeff cr Agent

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    hi all,

    putting together my ht setup and was wondering about cables. i have the a/v receiver, sattelite receiver, cd player, vcr and tv. right now i am running audio cables with rca ends for the audio, and the video is run using coaxial cable(video does not go through the receiver at all). the sound is pretty good and i was wondering if you guys are using shielded cables for all your audio cables. i just have the basic non-shielded audio cables. most of the cords are under 3 feet long. i'm wondering if sheilded cables make a big difference. thanks
     
  2. David Gibbons

    David Gibbons Auditioning

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    Dear Jeff,

    I'm surprised that you have unshielded audio cables with the RCA connectors. I've not seen them for sale at the usual outlets. Did you make your own?

    I believe that the "line-level" audio between components is supposed to be shielded.

    Sincerely,

    David Gibbons
     
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    i'm using the cheap ones you find at radio shack or walmart. maybe they are shielded. i know radio shack has the more expensive ones with the gold ends on them. i'm just assuming that the cheaper cables are not shielded but maybe they are
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Jeff. Welcome to HTF!

    If your cables are about the same thickness as your CATV coax, then they are shielded.

    If they look like 2 wires encased in plastic, like Walkman headphone wires, then they are not.

    Decent cables can make a difference. The Radio Shack and AR (Acoustic Research) brands are all good for a good price.

    I like the bundles of L/R/Video cables from Radio Shack for my VCR and CATV box because it really helps clean up the "cable clutter".

    Good Luck.
     
  5. Brian_C

    Brian_C Stunt Coordinator

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    Jeff, I don't believe that cables of 3 feet or less will make a difference, if any at all. If you're done with equipment spending, then you make want to look at other cables though if it makes you happy.
     

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