NXG Technologies cables - good quality for less?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jeff Meininger, Jun 9, 2002.

  1. Jeff Meininger

    Jeff Meininger Second Unit

    Jun 5, 2002
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    I've come across several online retailers that sell NXG technologies cables. The description of the cables gives me confidence... superior shielding, gold connections, etc. The company tagline is something like, "why would you pay more for packaging and promises?".

    I'm tempted.

    Are these NXG cables decent and affordable, or are they crap masquerading as the good stuff? Anyone have any firsthand experience?

  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    I'm afraid I have never heard of these. And unless you have a very sensitive home system (Long run, 100" projector pushing HD signals), it's really hard to plug in a set of cables and judge. Even inexpensive cables will appear to work, but it takes a well-trained eye to notice the roll-off in the high frequencies that a poor cable would cause.
    For a "modest" system, the AR brand or Radio Shack work well. Only when your system becomes sensitive might a better cable show any difference.
    A "sensitive" system could be any of the following:
    - Long video run (> 12 feet)
    - Large display (> 50")
    - Pushing HD/Progressive signals
    - Display is "HD Ready" and doing up-conversion of the signals.
    Why dont you hit the custom sites and just buy the same cables they use in the production studios? You can search for "Canare" on ebay, or hit:
    Here is the trick: you want Canare RCA plugs, and either Canare or Belden coax. This is what the pros use. (actually, it's a little higher end than the pros use).
    Hope this helps.
  3. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

    May 8, 2001
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    jeff - when it comes to cables, my motto is "hearing is believing".

    i do recommend you purchase the cables and hear for yourself. if you hear a difference then the choice is obvious.

    fwiw, i did some testing using stock cables, rat-shack, and monster:

    i heard a difference between the stock and rat-shack, but did NOT hear a difference between rat-shack and monster. since the monster was three-times the price, it was a no-brainer for me. i went with the rat-shack. since then i've also discovered (and use) the AR cables bob mentioned.
  4. John A. Casler

    John A. Casler Second Unit

    Apr 29, 1999
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    These are some of the most "inexpensive" cables made. I have used them and find that they work.

    I cannot compare them with High Quality cables but if you are talking a "digital" cable they seem to work fine.

    I get 2 meter optical digital for $5.99
    2 meter S-Video for $2.49
    and 2 meter component video for $11.49

    Can't get much cheaper than that, and I haven't noticed any problem.

    But then again, I haven't (as I said) put them directly up against any big names.

    John Casler

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