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Connecting Pre-Amp to Amp

Hi,

This seems like a really dumb question, but for the life of me I cannot find an exact answer to this question.
What specific cable do I use to connect a Pre-amp to an amplifier?

I understand that if both the Pre-amp and the amp have balanced inputs that you just use an XLR cable or if the amp has an XLR connection, but the pre-amp doesn't, you can use a specific cable for that.
But what I haven't been able to locate exactly is what cable is used when both the pre-amp and amp ONLY have the unbalanced audio connections.

I'm sure it's something very simple that I have overlooked, but a name for the cable as well as a link or two to an example cable would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
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RCA cable. Subwoofer cable works great. Recommend one that is shielded, monoprice one source. No need to spend a lot of $.
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Cable Chaos

Subwoofer Cable? What an interesting idea.
Just as a for instance, if I was to purchase this cable:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/audioque...ble&cp=1&lp=13

What would I do with that little spade connector when attaching the cable between the pre-amp and amp?

Also, I'm not sure standard RCA will work for this particular setup, I guess I should have been more specific about what I'm considering.
Thinking about getting the Outlaw 975 Processor and 7025 Amp.

I don't see how RCA could be used to link the two with the strange configuration that they have on them, the L and R channels are literally on opposite sides of the Amp:
http://www.gspr.com/outlaw/images/7075_rear_300.jpg

Also, the center pre-out on the 975 only has one connector and that seems strange too
http://www.gspr.com/outlaw/images/975_rear_300.jpg

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Use can use single wire RCA terminated cables. If you buy them as red (right)/white (left) pairs which is a typical audio cable, or red/white/yellow for composite video, don't worry about the colors. Just connect the corresponding output from the prepro to the corresponding input of the amp.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA_connector

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Yep, just use single RCA Cables, or you can usually peel apart the combined cables.
And a single RCA jack is all you need for a center channel, why would you need more than one?
Also you do not have to connect the cables as labeled on the power amp. It makes no difference if you connect the L and R fronts to the two left jacks. Just make sure and use the respective speaker outputs!
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