Can I use high quality audio interconnects for component video?

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  1. Jon Krangel

    Jon Krangel Stunt Coordinator

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    While I was building my HT, I came across two 6 ft Monster Video 2 composite cable's, and 2 6 ft Monster Interlink 250 audio interconnects (each cable having two actual cables conded for L/R audio). If I put these two cables together using couplers from rat shack, I can make a cable long enough for my component video run. I would use the video cable for Y and the audio interconnect for Pb/Pr. Is this a good idea? I know it works because I have it hooked up right now, but I'd like to know if this will affect the quality of the signal. Right now I am running my interlaced DVD player through them, but I do plan on upgrading to progressive scan soon and may even run a 1080i/720p signal through it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    The high-frequency video signals want a 75 ohm cable to avoid reflections in the cable.

    That audio cable COULD be made with 75 ohm coax - many audio cables are. What effect that barrel connector could have is ... unknown.

    My advice would be to hit ebay/wickedcables/catcables .com sites and get a HD capable, unbroken cable.
     
  3. Jon Krangel

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    Thanks Bob. That was what I thought, but I was just trying to see if I could cut a corner here an save a few bucks! It seems damn near impossible to be cheap and have HT as a hobby at the same time........ [​IMG]
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    I often push Home Depot speaker wire, AR/Radio Shack interconnects, build-your-own subwoofer cable, etc. While I do believe more expensive/exotic wires DO have an effect, it's a small improvement for lots of $$$.

    But the video cable - this is the last place to scrimp/kludge. (Whats more sensitive - your ears or eyes?)

    So as soon as your equipment becomes "sensitive", I recommend good video cables.

    By "sensitive" I mean any one of:

    - Long cable runs > 10 feet

    - Display size pushing 40-50 inches

    - Running HD/Progressive signals

    - Using a HD Ready display that takes the signal and de-interlaces it.

    I found a cable on eBay made with Canare plugs and coax, 2 meter (13 feet) for about $90. Hit ebay and search for "Canare". Many people put Canare plugs on Belden coax and this is fine.

    Good Luck.
     

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