need recommendation for 1/8" stereo to rca analog cable...

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  1. Cary_K

    Cary_K Auditioning

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    for a jerryrigged HTPC. The reason I want analog cable recommendations is b/c I'm planning on connecting all channels though amps which have no Toslink/SPDIF or Optical inputs. Am only looking at a 4.x system right now. The system is used for music, movies and gaming - 40/40/20.

    Following the philosophy that your sound's only as good as your weakest link, and in the bare hope that the system I have in mind will in fact bear this truth out, I am asking for your respected opinions. The only cables I have found better than your standard Radio Shack-type are the ARPRO II stereo to RCA for about $30 at partsexpress.com, which I understand are a respectable cable in other contexts, and various Monster Cables - Computer Stereo to Stereo Receiver, "i-Cable," and their IP400 higher end interlinks - ranging from around $25 for 10 ft "computer" adaptor cable to $40 for the 4.92 ft IP400. If anyone has had any experience with any of these cables, I'd also appreciate your input.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Daniel Alan

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    Personally, I run my computer to an old reciever with a rat shack 1/8" stereo to stereo RCA jacks and am completely happy with the sound, but then this is not a primary music/movie system and the sound is plenty good enough for games and mp3s, but it sounds like you are looking for something a bit better. Still the Radio Shack stuff is OK, and it may be enough for your needs.
     
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    yeah, I'm going to have to second the rat shack cables, I use them one of my older computers that doesn't have digi-coax and I haven't had any problems with it.

    I don't think you'll find any high quality ones for sale for cheap (as they are a niche product). but you could try making your own, both ends are analog so it wouldn't be too tricky just a matter of getting your connections right.
     
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    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    I use the Radioshack Gold series IC and it works just as good as the $15-20 RCA to RCA interconnects i've used.

    (I have the option to use both because my PC sound card has both analog RCA outs, and stereo 1/8" out)
     
  5. Cary_K

    Cary_K Auditioning

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    Thanks for the replies. What I'm worried about is the hum people complain about. But I'll keep all your suggestions in mind.

    Thanks again.
     

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