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Just purchased a new anthem processor and amp. What RCA cable should i use to connect the two. These things seem to widely vary in price, style, etc. I've seen people say go to Radio Sheack and get the cheapest ones you can find, to others saying you need to spend money on top of the line cords as you do not want this to be the weakest link in your system.

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Would something like this work, or do i need to step it up??

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10236&cs_id=1023603&p_id=2680&seq=1&format=2
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Like you said, opinions vary on this issue. The one thing that people do agree on is that since this is an analog signal (as opposed to a digital signal like HDMI or optical), the cable can degrade that quality. That being said, I'd sleep soundly at night with those Monoprice cables in my system. I have a few and they're sturdy, high-quality cables that are just as nice as (and a fraction of the price of) some Monster RCA cables that I have.

The Monoprice cables and connectors are pretty stiff, so make sure that you have clearance behind your components. You can't mash them into right angles like you can with the flimsy RadioShack cables.

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Nice, thanks for the advice.

What about these audioquest cables? A friend told me about these....

http://www.audioquest.com/seventy-five-ohm/vdm-1

http://www.audioquest.com/snakes-rivers/diamond-back
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That 75-ohm cable isn't meant for line-level analog audio (which is what you're sending). If you want to spend $150 on cables, go for that Diamondback. However, if you do, never ever buy the Monoprice cables and A/B test them. Because I'm betting that if you do, you won't be able to hear a difference and then you'll kick yourself for spending $140 too much. wink.gif

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Big diffrence between the Audioquest and the Monoprice cable?? I'm running an anthem avm 40 into an Anthem MCA 20, lenght of cord will be anywhere from 3 to 5 feet.
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I can't say since I've never owned Audioquest cables. Maybe someone with experience with both will weigh in...

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Cheap is fine. The difference between cheap cables and expensive cables is NOT minor - it is completely non-existent. wink.gif

It matters a little bit with video. Or in noisy environments it can help for audio to use a good shielded coax cable, but those can still be plenty cheap and Monoprice has them available too.

Do keep your signal cables as far away as possible from power cables, though, and cross them at as close to a 90* angle (in whatever 2d plane you want) if necessary. That will help keep induced current out of your signal wires.

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Okay, thanks for all of the advice above. Last question, are these two cables basically the same thing, which one would be better for my situation??



http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2864&seq=1&format=2
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Lets try that again.....

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2864&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10236&cs_id=1023603&p_id=2680&seq=1&format=2
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Get the stereo cables since you basically get two 6 foot cables for the price of one.

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One is describes as a digital coaxil cable, the other an analogue rca cable. Same thing??
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I own several of both, they work the same.

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One is describes as a digital coaxil cable, the other an analogue rca cable. Same thing??

Cable impedance doesn't matter for analog audio. It somewhat matters for digital audio though in practice even the crappy cables usually work fine for digital audio, unless perhaps you have a long run. It does somewhat matter for analog video, particularly the higher bandwidth (resolution) links. And of course it's extremely important for digital video, but you won't even be able to connect the wrong cables to digital video connectors anyway (and the right cables are generally still cheap for that stuff anyway).

In other words, digital cables work for analog too, and while analog cables might not work for digital, they usually still do.

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Both cables are 75ohm anyway. One is just RG6, the other RG59. The RG59 is a little more flexible, RG6 is stiffer. These would both work for analog audio or video.



I've used both as digital coax, subwoofer, analog audio and analog video.

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