Radio Shack Gold Series vs Blue Jeans Cables

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  1. Andrew Pezzo

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    I currently use Radio Shack Gold series for all interconnects. Due to the purchase of a new amp, I might relocate all of my equipment to a new location wich would require new interconnects all around.

    I was thinking of getting Blue Jeans cables because the price is better than other online sites. Honestly I would like to get some bettercables but are simply to much money for what the lengths I will need. I was wondering if the BJ's wold offer any improvments over the Radio Shack stuff. The gold series has served me very well but if I have to get new interconnects I would like to get something better than I have now without breaking the bank.

    Also, how does AR and Dayton interconnects compare to Radio Shack, similiar?
     
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    Unless you have incredibly sensitive and expensive high end equipment,speakers etc., odds are very slim that you'll notice any difference.

    SAVE YOUR MONEY...keep what you've got.
     
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    What Alf said.
    If you want something visually better looking, Dayton cables are quite inexpensive.
    Or, go on ebay, you can get NXG cables for under $10 or Monster component for like $15.
    Never pay retail on Monster.
     
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    I tend to like the Radio Shack/AR Pro level of cables for:

    - Audio interconnects
    - Subwoofer interconnects
    - Coaxial Digital interconnects
    - Standard Video (480i) video sources like VCR, CATV box

    Where I prefer to spend a bit more money is on the video cable for 'better' sources like:

    - DVD player
    - HD source (CATV or Sat or STB)

    This tends to get you to spend a bit more money where it might be needed (depending upon your TV size, source and sensitivity), and save money where you dont need the high-frequency cables.
     
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    My line of thinking pretty much is inline with everyone has said so far. I had a feeling that any difference between Radio Shack and Blue Jeans would be purely numbers and not audibly different.

    Maybe I will find a way to reuse some of the ones I have now a get a high quality interconnect for video since its going to be about a 25 foot run.

    I have been very happy with the radio shack gold series, good value for you get.
     
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    FWIW, I have the following equipment:

    Denon AVR 3803
    Def Tech BP7001sc's, CLR3000
    Earthquake Grande 3 channel amp

    My biggest reason for the interconnects has to do with making sure I dont short change my equipment. I cant afford high end cables at this time but I also dont want to skimp in that department either. Besides, I am not sure extremely expensives cables are worth it anyways.
     
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    Well you do have some good equipment there.

    Generally, in order of importance, here is what you worry about for good sound:

    - Good source & equipment (you got that covered)
    - Good speaker placement (note: those Bipolars should be pulled out from the back wall)
    - Proper calibration & adjustment
    - Speaker wires (carry power)
    - Audio interconnects

    So the interconnects are fairly far down the list in order of importance.

    Cables tend to be rated/graded based on their maximum frequency capability. Audio is a trivial challenge for most of these cables.

    Since you have a 3-channel amp, you could get a 3-foot Component Cable set made with Canare/Belden coax, and get it covered with TechFlex (braded covering) so it looks good for about $40 from BlueJeans cables. The Belden 1505F would be a nice choice (because you are likely doing a tight-bend).
     
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    Funny that you mention that. My wife is not a big fan of the amp (it is rather large) so I may put it in a closet, requiring a 20 foot run. Blue Jeans suggested the same thing when I asked them what cable to go with. Then I got to thinking about putting all the equipment in the closet and getting a RF remote, hence requiring several new cables. Plus, it would get the amp on another circuit.

    - Good source & equipment (you got that covered)
    - Good speaker placement (note: those Bipolars should be pulled out from the back wall)
    - Proper calibration & adjustment
    - Speaker wires (carry power)
    - Audio interconnects

    I pretty much have all the above covered. Speaker placement is not the best but my living space poses some limitations. Once the amp breaks in I will calibrate the speakers. And for speaker wire, I use 12 guage Ultralink. I may try some semi-DIY speaker cables eventually by wrapping 2 pairs around each other for each front 3 speakers.

    My DVD player is nothing special. When I get an HDTV I will upgrade to a progressive scan model. For now the current one works fine.

    Thanks Bob, that was just what I was looing for. [​IMG]
     

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