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post #1 of 8 Old 01-01-2004, 09:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a Sony SA-WM500 sub and right now I'm just using the dinky little wire that came with it to connect it to my Yamaha RXV-440 receiver. Will I notice a difference with a better cable?
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yes you will, NEVER use OEM cables that come with your stuff.

just buy any quality RCA Audio cable and it'll work fine, and you can tell a difference IMO, you can sometimes notice hum with a crap cable on a sub.
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Hmmm. One "no" and one "yes". Just to round out the offering, I say, "maybe."

My recent experience ...

I bought a set of Onix Rockets, including the UFW-10 sub. I had an old crappy RCA sitting around for the sub cable and used it. Seemed to work well for music but when I turned on the TV and cranked the sound, the picture grossly distorted each time a bass hit happened.

Bought a good quality Acoustic Research cable (~$50 list, got mine for ~$30 from accessories4less.com) and the problem disappeared.

Seems that my low-quality sub cable was "leaking" RFI and messing with the TV.

So, if you are having a problem like mine or are getting hum (or other noise/distortion) in the subwoofer, a better sub cable may help. Otherwise, you may be wasting your money.

Of course, it is also possible that you are experiencing no obvious sonic/visual problems but the sub signal is being otherwise degraded in quantity or quality and a better sub cable would help. Before spending money on a better cable, try borrowing one from a friend.

Rule #1 for upgrading: If you can't tell the difference, don't spend the money.


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Try this inexpensive one - it will sound a little better too. The stock is less than a dollar one. and you will be rewarded to upgrade - but don't spend over 5-7% on them. You can waste money on expensive cables.
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Many folks recommend using RG6 coax for subwoofer cables, especially if you have long runs. You can then get "F to RCA" adapter for the ends and you are set.

I myself bought some high quality flexible Belden coax and put a gold-plated compression RCA connector on each end. Cost me $14 for a 40' sub cable.
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Here's a link to a connector you can use with the RG6 coax.
http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...1-1060&ctab=14
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