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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2019, 09:57 PM - Thread Starter
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Please tell me which cables to buy for brand new mid-range home theater

I am building a new home theater system from scratch in a new-construction home that will be completed in January.

I have not bought any cables since 2008 and used to sell home theater back in the late 90s so I was brainwashed with Monster Cable. LoL

I have read many threads in this forum (and on the internet) and it seems that Blue Jeans audio cables seem to be a popular choice for mid-line quality without going expensive. Their website isn't very user-friendly and a little confusing in their explanations.

Seems like the popular vote recommends Monoprice for HDMIs, and Mogami Cables for XLR.

So here is my list of equipment that will need to be hooked up. I will use my existing Monster Cable Z2 speaker cable for the L/C/R.


82 or 85 inch Samsung LCD TV
Marantz AV-7705 Pre/Pro
Parasound A51 running main 5 channels, Energy RC-70, RC-LCR, and another set of RC-70's for rears (LoL, overkill in the rear,. maybe....haha)
Outlaw Audio 5000x or 7000x for Atmos (if 7000x, it will run Zone 3 Energy RC-70's in my bedroom)
Parasound A21 Running a pair of Energy RC-70's in Zone 2 in my home office
Dual 12" Monoprice Monolith Subwoofers
Not sure on the video source and Blu-ray player yet, I currently use a PS3 for that but I will replace it

I will have one dedicated 20A line that will have the A51 and one other item plugged into it--not sure which other piece yet.


So, I need HDMI cables, XLR cables, and maybe RCA Interconnects if I go with the Outlaw 5000x for Atmos and would then run a separate Parasound 2125 v2 for Zone 3 in my bedroom.


I will make this easy.....Please tell me which mid-line HDMI/XLR/RCA cables to purchase. I do not need the cheapest option but I am not spending thousands of dollars on them. Please include links if you want!

(I am tempted to go against everything I have ever believed and go the cheap route and try all Monoprice just to see what happens but I am hesitant....)

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Blue Jeans is the only compnay I ever saw plain talking about HDMI cable construction and eye tests. BINGO, that's what I buy for video. Can't go wrong for other cables from them, but for other stuff Monoprice should be fine too. As an electrical engineer, I mostly don't believe in magic cables* and that a lot of stuff barfed out by cable companies is pure bull****. I don't think there is much difference to be heard, certainly if your systems isn't tens of thousands of dollars, though as a scientist I must admit "not tested much."** And you can find many people who will swear some cables made a tremendous difference, the truth of which is complicated by the placebo effect.

By the way, since you are building from scratch I hope you're making that room offset-stud? That would let you soundproof it much better.

*Aside from shielding or grounding, which can make a difference in some situations.
**I did hear a demo where speaker cables clearly made a small difference. However, it was a very expensive Levinson setup feeding Apogee Scintillas, which are a very low 1 ohm. One of the cable sets was MIT which had attached passive networks which I'm 99.99999999684% sure were the cause of the sonic difference.
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All of my cables (HDMI, RCA, XLR) are from Monoprice and never had a single issue.

No reason to spend more on anything else.
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I second Monoprice for HDMI cables. Make sure they are Premium Certified (for 4k) wherever you get them. See link.
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15427

Sony A9G, Oppo 205, Parasound JC2, Parasound A21, Sonus Faber Olympica IIIs
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I would go Monoprice all the way, this is what I use for my A/V connections. I changed the sub cable to Amazon Basics, which seems to be more flexible that the Monoprice it replaced.

About XLR, unless you have long runs or use for microphone, mogami will only make you feel good about using mogami, which is how I felt after buying some for mics in my my home recording studio. Just my opinion. I have short runs, all in my office where things are setup. The big win with mogami (for me) is that the newer mic cables look better, but when I stop looking at them the difference goes away


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Monoprice!!!
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.... I'm 99.99999999684% sure were the cause of the sonic difference.
That sure?
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All of my cables (HDMI, RCA, XLR) are from Monoprice and never had a single issue.

No reason to spend more on anything else.
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I would go Monoprice all the way, this is what I use for my A/V connections. I changed the sub cable to Amazon Basics, which seems to be more flexible that the Monoprice it replaced.

About XLR, unless you have long runs or use for microphone, mogami will only make you feel good about using mogami, which is how I felt after buying some for mics in my my home recording studio. Just my opinion. I have short runs, all in my office where things are setup. The big win with mogami (for me) is that the newer mic cables look better, but when I stop looking at them the difference goes away


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Monoprice!!!

I will have to respectfully disagree. My Monoprice subwoofer cables had some pretty flaky connectors. If I moved one of my subs a couple of inches (for instance, to access the controls) the Monoprice would cause a large and potentially dangerous THUD from the sub. Since I switched to Blue Jeans cables, I can literally spin my subs 180 degrees without so much as a peep.

I vote Blue Jeans.
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As long as the cable is built fine, I still will always advocate Monoprice. I've never had a loose connector or bad cable. But it is bound to happen as no QA is 100%.
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Thank you all for your thoughts and posts.

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By the way, since you are building from scratch I hope you're making that room offset-stud? That would let you soundproof it much better.
No idea what that means.

This is all going in my extremely open 17+x23+floor plan living room area--not a dedicated room.
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No idea what that means.

This is all going in my extremely open 17+x23+floor plan living room area--not a dedicated room.
Yep, that will not help in an open space.
Are you having it built to your specs or this is from a builder.
Offset or staggered stud construction. That is what I did in my home's exterior walls. You use a 2x6 wall plates with 2x4 studs, staggered, one on the inside, one on the outside a number of inches away so there is no real direct stud all the way through the wall. two layers of insulation, on outside space, the other inside space. Tremendous sound transmission reduction from outside noise and insulation from heat transmission.
If you add up all the stud surface area, outside wall is about 20%-30% wood that has an R1 per inch value, not much insulation.
Lots more labor but worth it for the longrun.
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No idea what that means.

This is all going in my extremely open 17+x23+floor plan living room area--not a dedicated room.
Yep, that will not help in an open space.
Are you having it built to your specs or this is from a builder.
Offset or staggered stud construction. That is what I did in my home's exterior walls. You use a 2x6 wall plates with 2x4 studs, staggered, one on the inside, one on the outside a number of inches away so there is no real direct stud all the way through the wall. two layers of insulation, on outside space, the other inside space. Tremendous sound transmission reduction from outside noise and insulation from heat transmission.
If you add up all the stud surface area, outside wall is about 20%-30% wood that has an R1 per inch value, not much insulation.
Lots more labor but worth it for the longrun.
Umm...yeah. This isn’t for a dedicated room so I honestly don’t care about those kinds of details.

Just a nice fancy house in a nice neighborhood of other new homes. 🙂

Not custom. But not basic.

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