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belkin subwoofer cable

Hi all, does Belkin make good subwoofer cable?

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I have a couple of Belkin RCA cables and they work great. I think Belkin and Mediabridge are two very good brands that don't cost an arm and a leg. You can spend a lot on cables of all sorts, but most of the time it's throwing money away.
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the only length the store has right now is 25 feet. if my speaker wire for the fronts are 15 feet, is 25 feet too long for the subwoofer?

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the only length the store has right now is 25 feet. if my speaker wire for the fronts are 15 feet, is 25 feet too long for the subwoofer?
It won't make a difference, other than having extra cable to hide.
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the only length the store has right now is 25 feet. if my speaker wire for the fronts are 15 feet, is 25 feet too long for the subwoofer?
The length of your speaker wire has no bearing on the length of your subwoofer cable. Buy roughly the length of cable you need.
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I had a Belkin subwoofer cable. It was OK. I like the MediaBridge Ultra Series subwoofer cable a bit better and it cost about the same as the Belkin.

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you can actually hear the difference between the two cables?


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I had a Belkin subwoofer cable. It was OK. I like the MediaBridge Ultra Series subwoofer cable a bit better and it cost about the same as the Belkin.

https://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-U...ubwoofer+cable

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Hi all, as I said before I bought a Belkin cable because the Monoprice cable I ordered was taking too long to arrive. Yesterday it arrived and I notice it was a bit thicker and stiffer. Is it worth me changing to this monoprice cable?

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Hi all, as I said before I bought a Belkin cable because the Monoprice cable I ordered was taking too long to arrive. Yesterday it arrived and I notice it was a bit thicker and stiffer. Is it worth me changing to this monoprice cable?
Since you have both cables, try them both out. Only you can know for certain if it's worth you changing to that Monoprice cable.
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I doubt I would hear the difference if there is one, but do you think there would technically be a difference?

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Is it worth me changing to this monoprice cable?
No. Electron waves aren't particularly bright, they can't tell the difference. Neither will your ears.
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I doubt I would hear the difference if there is one, but do you think there would technically be a difference?
If you don't hear a difference between the two cables, there is technically no difference regardless of my opinion.
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Some people dislike the connectors on the Monoprice. I have a couple of their sub cables, I have had no issues with them. I also picked up a SVS cable from a member here, the connector on that is definitely better. The Monoprice will probably fall apart with enough handling, whereas the SVS will hold up a lot longer.

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I had a monoprice cable crap out on me right away. If you bent it the right way it would hold signal, but otherwise it wouldn't. Not sure if he still does it or not, but Tom V used to throw in a sub cable for free when you bought a sub from PSA. One I got from him, a Monoprice cable, already had the casing around one end come apart and would slide up and down the cable, not staying screwed on. Needless to say, I no longer look at Monoprice for RCA cables.

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Belden, yes. Belkin, no. Build my own with Belden 1694A coax and Canare RCAP-C53 connectors.
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CurtP, are you answering my original question of whether Belkin makes good subwoofer cables?

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CurtP, are you answering my original question of whether Belkin makes good subwoofer cables?
Yes, answering your question. My experience with Belkin cables have been less than positive. Too many that don't work out of the packaging or have a loose connection somewhere. They are the typical made in China cables that you can get anywhere. If I was looking for an inexpensive cable, I'd look elsewhere, or do what I've done and take matters into my own hands. While I agree, for the most part, that wire is wire, the issue I have with cheap cables is the construction and materials. Like the wire not centered in the insulation (and I've seen the conductor poking out of the insulation), the copper being brittle, poor crimps or cold solder joints, insulation that deteriorates after a few years, etc. There's a good chance that you'll never have a problem, like many that use Belkin cables, but I won't risk it on my equipment. I believe in higher quality cables not because it makes my movies sound better, but for peace of mind that they're going to remain reliable. And for me, that means building my own RCA cables with known good components like Belden cable. That's why I said yes to Belden, no to Belkin. And to be clear, I'm not against Chinese made products, I'm against poorly made products. I've never had an issue with Belden wire that was made in China.
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