Originally Posted by Gizmologist
Perhaps because as one who has 40 years in professional AV, I am trying to figure out your cables "failed". Did the cable short internally? Open? Come clear out of the connector? Did the shield unravel? Did you start hearing AM radio on the terminated cable?
I know there are some inherent problems with some cheap cables but I have not had any "malfunctions" with MP cables aside from molded plug being yanked off the cable from improper handling and I have used these cables on worldwide Satt uplinks and terrestrial broadcast events with the networks.
My suggestion of using aftermarket plugs of your choice on MP cable is quite practical and logical. That being said, I guess you will have to keep asking until someone says that MP cables are junk and so is premium Radio Shack.(Not at all true) BTW, did you know that Radio Shack does NOT manufacture anything? They use the same cable suppliers that 90% of the rip off joints like Best Buy et al sell but at a reasonable price.
Are you looking for a cable based on audiophile APPEARANCE?
Best of luck in your quest.
I appreciate your input as one who is also far from a neophyte. I simply asked some questions about RG6 and RG59. If you don't know the specific answers, that's cool and OK. That's what forums like this are for—especially when I'm asking questions such as the differences (if any) between RG59 and RG6 for analog interconnects.
My understanding is that the RG6 cables have better attenuation at higher frequencies (over 50mHz) but for analog audio and for audio at shorter distances this is irrelevant and RG59 is just fine. I've also found this as being differences between the two cables but I haven't found any charts for the under 50 MHz range to compare.
RG 59 Signal Loss (in dB) per 100 ft:
Loss at 50 MHz: 2.4 dB
Loss at 100 MHz: 3.4 dB
Loss at 400 MHz: 7.0 dB
Loss at 900 MHz: 11.1 dB
Loss at 100 MHz: 12.0 dB
RG 6 Signal Loss (in dB) per 100 ft:
Loss at 50 MHz: 1.5 dB
Loss at 100 MHz: 2.0 dB
Loss at 400 MHz: 4.3 dB
Loss at 900 MHz: 6.8 dB
Loss at 100 MHz: 7.0 dB
Just to repost, this is what I'm asking:
Are RG59 and RG6 cables the best to use for analog audio and video (I assume I can use RG6 for both)? If not, what should I be looking for?
Do I need anything specific when building analog audio or video cables? Can I just use any RG59 or RG6 cable? I prefer to have some kind of shielding on my cables.
I assume that there is nothing wrong with terminating the custom cables with coax and then adding an RCA adapter as a screw-in on to the coax adapter?
Where is the best place to buy the cabling? Can I just use a home depot or Monoprice roll or should I look to get a roll of Canare or Belden, etc.
Where is the best place to buy the connectors for the cabling?
Where is the best place to buy any sheathing or heat-molding to overlay between the cables and terminators?