RCA to headphone jack sound quality??

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Mike Milillo, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Mike Milillo

    Mike Milillo Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 14, 2003
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    Hey guys, would there be a difference in sound quality between using an RCA/RCA left/right audio cable as oppossed to an RCA/Mini type cable. I mean the cable that has RCA's on one side and a headphone type jack on the other end. This is in regards to a sirius plug and play unit. I am trying to compare a kenwood unit that has standard RCA jacks and an audiovox plug and play that accesses RCA jacks through a headphone type connector. thanks guys
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    Hi Mike.

    Under "Ideal" conditions, either connection should sound the same.

    The problem is the real-world is not ideal.

    Full RCA jacks are superior because:

    - The interconnects can use shielded coaxial cable. (The 1/8" cables are often un-shielded wires)

    - RCA's have larger connecting surface with tighter friction-fitting connections.

    - The 1/8" cables are prone to shorts/breakage as the wires come out of the plug. (Ever have some headphones that cut-out unless you held the wire in a particular position).

    So I would give the nod to the Kenwood unit with real RCA jacks.

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