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Hello everybody

This may sound like a really dumb question to some of you but I've a question regarding these 2 products and what cable I should use to Connect them together.

I am talking about this Sony receiver (sony receiver str-dh520)
http://goo.gl/NzFeo

And this passive subwoofer (LD Systems Sub 88)
http://goo.gl/b4jH8

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... I've a question regarding these 2 products and what cable I should use to Connect them together.

I am talking about this Sony receiver (sony receiver str-dh520)
http://goo.gl/NzFeo

And this passive subwoofer (LD Systems Sub 88)
http://goo.gl/b4jH8
1. RCA-to-RCA cable from the subwoofer output on your AVR to the input on your subwoofer amplifier (2 x 100W RMS / 2 x 180W peak, as per the specs on the product page).
2. Speaker-level connections from the subwoofer amplifier to the passive sub.

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Never mind. According to this newer thread of yours, you actually bought the active version of that sub (the SUB 88 A).
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monoprice.com

they got good prices.

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Hello everybody

This may sound like a really dumb question to some of you but I've a question regarding these 2 products and what cable I should use to Connect them together.

I am talking about this Sony receiver (sony receiver str-dh520)
http://goo.gl/NzFeo

And this passive subwoofer (LD Systems Sub 88)
http://goo.gl/b4jH8

Thanks everyone smile.gif
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Simple, make your own out of a length of RG6 Quad Shield and some compression terminators. Far better than anything you can buy ready made.
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Out of curiosity, based on what specifications or measurements? Going with what you suggest looks like it would make for a very nicely made, home DIY cable but if one needs a crimper, stripper and RCA compression fittings, doesn't it get expensive fast?

These are the subwoofers cables that I've settled on.

1. Or, you can burn a gallon or two of gas at $4.00/gal, shop locally, purchase parts, tools and fittings, all the while taking as much time as necessary so as to have the personal satisfaction of creating a subwoofer cable yourself.

2. Or, you can purchase the cheapest made subwoofer cable you can find, save a buck or three and every time you look at the cable, hate it,

3. Or, purchase what's linked above, delivered, for less than the price of a twelve pack of some decent beer....that you had to spend a gallon of gas to go pick up.

4. Or, one can delve into the unknown, see what they can dig up and be clueless what the outcome is going be.

All these choices.

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Simple, make your own out of a length of RG6 Quad Shield and some compression terminators. Far better than anything you can buy ready made.

I've tried doing that and I can't do nearly as good a job at crimping as the machine in China frown.gif.
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Simple, make your own out of a length of RG6 Quad Shield and some compression terminators. Far better than anything you can buy ready made.

While RG6 coax is very good, is not the of Quad Shield verity. Quad Shield is optimized for the cable TV channel frequency range.

See:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/subwoofer/index.htm
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Monoprice is good. Above doing what it's suppose to do, all I ask out of a cable is to look good, at a price that doesn't make me feel bad while hitting the hip.

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While RG6 coax is very good, is not the of Quad Shield verity. Quad Shield is optimized for the cable TV channel frequency range.

See:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/subwoofer/index.htm
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http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/subwoofer/LC1-design-notes.htm




LOL, Sounds a bit like Monster Cable hype to me. I have always made my own and my friends sub cables out of RG6 Quad Shield and none of us have ever had any problems. But then again I guess I am kind of odd in that I won't buy from bluejeanscable or monoprice like most on AVS do. I don't believe in the line of BS from either of those companies.
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Going with what you suggest looks like it would make for a very nicely made, home DIY cable but if one needs a crimper, stripper and RCA compression fittings, doesn't it get expensive fast?

I can't imagine any home theater or audio enthusiast not having those tools (If you buy good quality tools and take care of them they will last you a life time.) and parts on hand. eBay is your friend. I make and install everything I can myself. I am a perfectionist and am never satisfied with the job anybody else does. I am also a big READER. If I don't know how to do or make something I will research and read how to do it.
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Monoprice is good. Above doing what it's suppose to do, all I ask out of a cable is to look good, at a price that doesn't make me feel bad while hitting the hip.

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I could care less what my cables look like as long as they work well and sound good. In most cases I have them hidden anyway. A fancy exterior has never made a speaker cable sound better or work better. Good looking cables remind me of the old adage about good looking girls: Nice house, but nobody is home.
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LOL, Sounds a bit like Monster Cable hype to me. I have always made my own and my friends sub cables out of RG6 Quad Shield and none of us have ever had any problems. But then again I guess I am kind of odd in that I won't buy from bluejeanscable or monoprice like most on AVS do. I don't believe in the line of BS from either of those companies.

Can you specify what on either site is BS? Both of those companies are quite honest about cable capabilities and pricing.

Nothing wrong with making your own cables, but I think your accusations are misguided.
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... I won't buy from bluejeanscable or monoprice like most on AVS do. I don't believe in the line of BS from either of those companies.
Monoprice sells cables that are inexpensive and work well. What's "BS" about that? confused.gif
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While RG6 coax is very good, is not the of Quad Shield verity. Quad Shield is optimized for the cable TV channel frequency range.
If you want to talk about Monster Cable hype, that would be a perfect example of it. Cable TV operates in the mega to giga hertz range, audio only operates in the kilohertz range, and subwoofers only operate up to at the most 200Hz.

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I could care less what my cables look like as long as they work well and sound good. In most cases I have them hidden anyway. A fancy exterior has never made a speaker cable sound better or work better. Good looking cables remind me of the old adage about good looking girls: Nice house, but nobody is home.

It's not nice to insult pretty girls as there's a boatload of pretty girls out there with a ton of brains.

I stated that this is a personal preference and yes, my recommendation includes good looking cables at at a delivered price of ten bucks for a finished fifteen foot cable. At seventy-three cents a delivered finished foot, that's hardly a recommendation worth getting uppity about and showing a misogynistic need to insult the sexual attractiveness of the mother's of future generations that most guys would love to get horizontal with.

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I'm running Blue Jeans Cable subwoofer RCA. It has terrific balance and very transparent. Keeps boominess at a minimum. I tried different brands from Monoprice and others. The Blue jeans is not the least expensive but, it was the best sounding.
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I'm running Blue Jeans Cable subwoofer RCA. It has terrific balance and very transparent. Keeps boominess at a minimum. I tried different brands from Monoprice and others. The Blue jeans is not the least expensive but, it was the best sounding.


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I'm running Blue Jeans Cable subwoofer RCA. It has terrific balance and very transparent. Keeps boominess at a minimum. I tried different brands from Monoprice and others. The Blue jeans is not the least expensive but, it was the best sounding.

As much as I'm a proponent of BJC cables, lets not attribute technically impossible outcomes to their products.
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While RG6 coax is very good, is not the of Quad Shield verity. Quad Shield is optimized for the cable TV channel frequency range.

See:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/subwoofer/index.htm
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http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/subwoofer/LC1-design-notes.htm

Quad shield works fine. It's inexpensive and readily available.
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Quad shield works fine. It's inexpensive and readily available.

It works about 20dB less good (noise wise) than many reasonable cables. Now whether 20dB less signal to noise is audible depends on the situation.

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It works about 20dB less good (noise wise) than many reasonable cables. Now whether 20dB less signal to noise is audible depends on the situation.

Please support that with some links.
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Please support that with some links.
Really? It doesn't matter one way or the other. What affects radio frequencies don't mean doodly squat at audio frequencies. rolleyes.gif

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Does anyone know of a good "Y" cable for hooking up two subs to an LFE output? Something that's not a terrible one dollar cable that has stamped connectors etc. It seems that there aren't a ton of them out there on the net for some reason. It would be one male side (into my receiver), with two female on the other side.
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Does anyone know of a good "Y" cable for hooking up two subs to an LFE output? Something that's not a terrible one dollar cable that has stamped connectors etc. It seems that there aren't a ton of them out there on the net for some reason. It would be one male side (into my receiver), with two female on the other side.

http://www.cablewholesale.com/products/audio-video-products/audio-video/product-30r4-03300.php

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http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ultra-Series-1-Female-Subwoofer/dp/B004EBX5GW

may fit your spec.
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