Can you guys please help me choose between these two component cables?

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  1. Chris Chang

    Chris Chang Stunt Coordinator

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    This is going to be going from an a/v switchbox for my game consoles to the tv.

    GE component cables - $15
    THX cables - $30

    Are the GE ones supposed to be really crappy or is paying twice as much not going to be worth it? Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. Alf S

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    Dude!

    Don't blow your money! [​IMG]

    Get the GE's...you'll probably never notice the difference! (Although many will claim the differences will be night and day..blah blah blah)

    SAVE YOUR MONEY

    Alfer
     
  3. Bob McElfresh

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    It's a difficult thing to say.

    You did not tell us if you are running standard component video to a 19" TV or Progressive/HD video to a 60 HDTV projection unit. One system really wont matter because the cable wont be a limiting factor. The other - could be a different story.

    Just saying "GE" or "THX" also does not give us any information. GE is a brand just like GM is a brand. There is a world of difference between a Chevy Geo and a Corvette, but both are "GM".

    And THX is a ... good housekeeping certification, not a brand.

    Limited by your 2 choices, I'd go with the THX rated cables. At least the cable-builders made some cables then had a third-party run them through tests. This extra attention probably makes the build-quality of the THX cable superior.

    If it were my system, I'd bump the budget to $45 and get a custom cable made with Canare or Belden HD rated coax and Canare RCA plugs. The specifications on the coax are available (and I'll even help you understand them if you want).
     
  4. Chris Chang

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    Well, this is going to a 47" Panasonic HDTV.

    I went ahead and bought the GE cables, but can always return them. Honestly, I can't tell the difference when my PS2 and Cube are plugged directly into the tv and when they're going through this cable.

    The only thing I don't like about them is that the connections are kind of loose and feel like they can come off easily. Also, this could be the "weakest link" since it's connecting these other components.

    For the GE cables, I figured telling you that they're $15 would be enough info. The Circuit City website doesn't really tell you anything else. And the THX cables are Monster cables...sorry about that. Thanks for the help. I never know which way to go when it comes to picking out cables.
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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  6. Chris Chang

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    Thanks again for the help. I'll take em back and see what else they have. Then do a few comparisons when I get the new ones.
     
  7. Stephen Tu

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    The GE cables are going to be perfectly fine. Analog HD component signals aren't running anywhere near the limit of what these cables can carry.

    On the car analogy, if you are only going to be driving 20MPH, you won't get there any faster in a Porsche than in a Geo.
     
  8. Bob McElfresh

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    ...Bob, could you clarify this please. How do digital and analog signals at the same frequency differ? thanks
     
  10. Stephen Tu

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    Yes, Bob, please clarify. What makes you believe generic component cables can't handle this?
     
  11. Bob McElfresh

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  12. Stephen Tu

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    This "generic store bought RG-6 coax" that you claim can't handle the bandwidth, say like at Radio Shack, specs at -2.2dB at 100 Mhz at *100 feet*. Why do you feel it is a problem at 35 Mhz at 6-12 feet?

     
  13. Chu Gai

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    To be fair, and my apologies in advance for speaking when not spoken to, I believe when Bob said the following:
     
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  15. Chu Gai

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    busted me up there Paul!
     

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