What is a "Silver Serpant"? For a typical 6 foot run Radio Shack has all the cable quality you need.
I design broadcast television facilites for a living including one of the largest HDTV production facilities. We don't have any "Silver Serpants". Our analog cable is Belden 8281 or 1694 at roughly 0.30 per foot RETAIL price. If it's a short less than 10 foot run we use plain old RG59.
If you want to drown in cable talk go over to Audio Video Improvements section. They like this stuff over there.
BetterCables.com did use industry standard wire and connectors and had very reasonable prices for what you got. But a couple of months ago a member emailed me saying the Bettercables.com has also fallen into the marketing BS hype about copper grain structure and the effect of the oceans tide on cable performance.
FWEIW if this is true they will no longer get my support here as a broadcast industry professional. But if it's the same company that existed a year ago when I researched good consumer cables, they were the best choice and I supported their honest advertising and the use of recognized professional grade components.
Glimmie is bang on. I've spent many hours debating cables and materials and the physics of transmission. The whole "high-end" cable thing is ridiculous IMHO when you're talking about short runs. I used to pay megabucks for the "good" cables but have since changed my ways and simply purchase the lowest priced, decently assembled cables I can find - like Radio Shack. They work great.
I had a $100 Tributary S-Video cable feeding my plasma. I then swapped it with an $8 S-Video cable from Radio Shack and I nor anyone else could tell the difference in video quality - regardless of the testing software we used.
I then spoke to several folks in electrical engineering and physics and they all state hands down that for typical installations, there is no performance difference.
Originally posted by RyN1399 I'm really just wondering who makes the best component cable.
What they seem to be telling you is that as long as a connectorized cable is properly constructed from quality components the difference is just marketing (theirs), ego (yours) and the size of the ensuing exchange of currency (you know the only direction of that part). If you are about to pay big money for cables ask if they may be returned if you perceive no visible improvement - if they react with horror at the suggestion of returning a cable assembly based on performance, carefully consider the transaction before proceeding.
I'm curious: what do you use for connectors on those Belden cables? Does anybody make an RCA-style connector for attachment to RG-6 or RG-59, or do I need to go with an F and an adapter? Also, when do you choose the RG-6 versus the RG-59?
Markertek ( www.markertek.com ) will custom make any kind of cable with any kind of termination. They use high quality belden and canare cable, and their terminators are high quality. The prices are very reasonable.
I work in film and most of the engineers I know in audio and video use belden or canare for their various applications. I've had good, reliable experiences dealing with markertek over the years.
Let me add one other to the list. I have been using avcable.com for quite a while for all my cables. Their prices are reasonable and the quality of the cables and connectors seems very high. The use Canare connectors for RCA cables and Kings connectors for BNC connections. All of their connectors are impedence matched.
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