Has Anyone Tried the Radio Shack Fusion Series Interconnects?

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  1. Dalton

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    Has anyone tried these cables? They are supposed to be a good improvement over the gold series cables. They are priced pretty good and look to have as good or better construction than Monster cables. I was looking at picking up 2 sets of A/V cables to replace my gold series for DVD-A/SACD. Also can I use the yellow composite video cable to pass audio signals instead (from DVD players analog audio outs to multi-ins on my receiver)?

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    Those look a little pricey....maybe not though. Have you looked into Acoustic Research. I know you still can get some cables from accessories4less at a good price.
     
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    I used to work as a pro-audio installer, where custom terminations are the norm. Consequently I’ve dissected and analyzed dozens of different types and brands of cables.

    Having said that, the Fusions look like top-flight cables, judging from the pics at Radio Shack’s web site. The double shielding and dual twisted pairs represent high-end construction for even pro applications.

    However, anyone with a soldering iron and a spool of Canare star-quad cable could make functionally identical cables for a fraction of RS’s asking price. Audio cables, at least.

    In my mind they blew it with the in-line filters. The construction of the cables – the aforementioned double shielding and twisted pairs - are more than adequate to reject any RF or EMI, so the filter is redundant. Personally I wouldn’t want that filter in the signal path.

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    Thanks Wayne. I know RS has a decent return policy on cables so i might give them a try.

    Chad,
    I have some AR Pro series digital cables i got from AC4L. I also use some performance series for cd analog but i want to try try some better more more sturdy cables. I looked at the Fusion cables yesterday and they appear to be well constructed. I am gonna do a side by side tonight against the AR and Gold series cables.
     
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    Well i have done a short test with the new fusion cables and have to say they are a distinct improvement over the AR and RS Gold cables i was using. I noticed a definite decrease in noise at higher volumes. I bought 2 sets of the A/V cables and used the 2 yellow composite cables for the sub and center. So far a i like what i hear.
     
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    Wayne,

    It's just a Ferrite Choke on the Fusion AV Cables. And I
    agree it's not needed unless you have EMI issues (but the
    twisted pair construction CNMR eliminates those issues.)
     

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