Low-cost quality subwoofer cable

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  1. Willem Vos

    Willem Vos Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to replace the (thin, non-shielded) cable that came with my subwoofer.

    I've looked at the Monster 300M 12ft, but it was priced at $67, so that's way too expensive for me.

    Is it possible to get good results using a good quality (shielded) composite-video coax cable instead?
     
  2. Harry Lincoln

    Harry Lincoln Stunt Coordinator

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    Willem, I use a shielded composite video cable on one of my subs, it seems to work just the same as the audio RCA that is used on the other sub, so if you already have one go for it. I have seen a few peole reccommend buying RG6 coax cable and RCA plugs and soldering them on yourself. This is the cheapest way as far as I know.

    Harry.
     
  3. ColinM

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    accessories4less.com

    Ixos bronze, often for free shipping, y-cable included, cheap!

    Worked great for me, $15 or so.
     
  4. Willem Vos

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  5. Jason Wilcox

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    acoustic research (AR) has a performance series 25ft sub cable for around $25.
     
  6. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    My sub is currently hooked up with a video cable.

    The SVS guys also recommend you use less-expensive cables for your sub. But in at least 1 case, the cable one customer tried gave poor results. When he swapped to another cable (similar quality), but with tighter RCA plugs, the sound improved dramatically.

    So look for an inexpensive Monster cable with those turbine RCA plugs, or make your own, but make sure the RCA is a tight fit.
     
  7. Willem Vos

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    Hmm, wll I bought a video cable, but connecting the plugs went relatively easy.

    Does this mean they're not fitted tightly enough...

    By tight you mean you have to exert reasonable force to get them connected?
     
  8. Phil Iturralde

    Phil Iturralde Screenwriter

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    I use 12-Ft. Gold-Series Stereo A/V Cable w/ Phono Plugs
    $9.99 Reg. Price
    Brand: RadioShack Cat.#: 15-1520 Model: 15-1520
    STANDARD FEATURES:
    • 24K gold-plated connectors
    • One RCA® plug at each end
    • Length 12 feet
    (Pricing and Availability may vary outside the contiguous 48 United States.)
    Another option,
    Phil
     
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  10. Willem Vos

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    Well, how tight should the plugs be?

    I would think that if they fit, they fit.

    How could there be that much difference?
     
  11. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    Fit with a bit of force is good.

    If it slips off with the slightest pull, look elsewhere.

    Tight fit really shouldn't be a big deal. Some monsters are known to be so tight that they can damage cheap equipment with the force they require.

    That's nuts!
     

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