Digital Coax Cables

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  1. George Conti

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    Before I spend the money on another high priced cable, please help me understand what my choices are.

    Is a Monster audio cable better?
    Is a component video cable still better?
    Is a marketed digital cable the best?
     
  2. Mike Matheson

    Mike Matheson Second Unit

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    George,

    What the heck are you asking? I don't understand your question.

    Are you trying to compare analog audio against component video against digital cable? That would sort of be like comparing a BMW M3 against Dole bananas against current mortgage rates. . .
     
  3. Michael Reuben

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    Any well-shielded 75-ohm cable will be more than sufficient. Video cables should be 75-ohm. I would not spend big bucks on a digital coax cable.

    M.
     
  4. George Conti

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    Thanks Mike,

    Will all the cables I listed work then?

    Thanks,

    George
     
  5. Roger Kaufmann

    Roger Kaufmann Stunt Coordinator

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    George,

    If you have a component input on your TV, projector or display then yes it will give you the highest quality video input.

    For audio, if you have either digital coax or optical in on your receiver or Pre-Pro as Michael mentioned any 75 ohm will be fine. No difference in quality of sound from coax or optical.

    IMHO a good quality cables do help IF (very big if) you have the equipment to justify it. Your video and audio is only going to be as good as the weakest link. There are so many variables (cables, components, electrical noise in your home wiring etc...) that it's impossible to say absolutely yes or absolutely no if good quality cables are worth it.

    Cheers,
     
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  7. Jonathan M

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    A standard Monster Audio cable may not be 75 ohms, which is a necessity for a digital connection, but not for an analogue audio connection. This is due to the frequency of data that is going down the cable. At audio frequencies (relatively low) the impedance of the cable is different than at high frequencies (video or digital audio).

    Thus, my ratings of the above choices are in the same order that you have them, worst to best. (ie Monster will be the worst), 75 ohm video and marketed digital will be equal best.

    Make sure it is a true 75 ohm cable and you'll be fine.
     
  8. George Conti

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    Jonathan,

    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

    George...
     
  9. KyleGS

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    Here's what I use and it works great, high quality and great price.

    Dayton cable 6'
     

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