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Sub cable question

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Allen Longcor, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Allen Longcor

    Allen Longcor Supporting Actor

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    I have this 15 ft Monster subwoofer cable that I no longer use (was for my first setup). I was wondering if it's possible to use it for the digital coax connection from say a DVD player to a receiver. My thinking is that they are both just analog connections so it should work fine, but I figured I'd ask and get some discussion going again in this forum [​IMG]
     
  2. Eric Samonte

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    Should do well for that purpose Allen.
     
  3. Allen Longcor

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    That's what I figured. Thanks for the reply [​IMG]
     
  4. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Technically, a digital cable is supposed to be 75-ohm, just like a video cable. That said, digital is usually pretty forgiving, so you’ll probably be fine.

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  5. Allen Longcor

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    I'm guessing I'm not going to find any specs on this sucker at the Monster site [​IMG] How expensive are digital coax cables? I have always used optical so I have no clue.
     
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    Compare the so-called digital cables with a video cable. If the video cable is cheaper, get it instead. It’ll do the job just as well.

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    I would guess the Monster cable has the same specs as a video cable (75ohm) plus it's probably shielded. I say use it with confidence. [​IMG]
     
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    The "impedence" on a cable is like a speed-bump for frequencies.

    Subwoofer frequencies are so low - the impedenced does not matter. Higher and higher-different story.

    Try the subwoofer cable. Listen to a few DVD's. If you notice the sound dropping out for a second or two - the cable is the wrong impedence and you should replace it.

    The people who wrote the SPDIF standard for the coaxial-digital connection had a VIDEO cable in mind. There is NO difference between any video cable and a coaxial-digital cable. The Radio Shack Mega Cable or Acoustic Research Pro2 cables can be had for less than $20 and work perfectly.

    Hope this helps.
     

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