Originally Posted by GioGambino
So I will be fine with the 28 AWG with ferrite core? How come they are half the price of the 24 AWG cable with no ferrite core? Thanx.
As wormraper said, if you're just getting a typical length cable (e.g. 6-ft ) than those Monoprice 28 AWG work great.
You were correct on both counts...
- 28 AWG is smaller / thinner than the 24 AWG. Increasing gauge numbers give decreasing wire diameters.
- Ferrite beads are good, they are a way to reduce high-frequency noise in a cable. It's not the only way to reduce noise though. The 24 AWG cables, for example, *might* have better internal shielding that works as well or better than the ferrites.
I can't say for sure why the 28 AWG is half the price. My guesses...
- They're probably cheaper to manufacture (small gauge / less material).
- They *might* not be quite as good as the 24 AWG for signal transmission. (But again for normal length runs, it doesn't matter.)
- They probably make more of them & there's probably a bigger market for them - economy of scale.
- The 24 AWG are probably priced with a premium just because they can be. "High-end-o-philes" who need (or just want) them probably don't mind paying the premium.