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If you are going to use 6 channel analog audio out from your sound card, will you get any better sound using gold tipped 3.5mm to rca plugs or is that just a scam. I would buy them online so it wouldn't cost that much more, but I would just get the regular ones off monoprice if there is no difference.


I am connecting my sound card to my onkyo 305 via analog.
 

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Not really a scam per-se, but you aren't really going to hear any difference. Unless the the non-gold cable is otherwise bad, the gold-plated one isn't going to really be anything special. The truth is most low-end cheap type cables that have gold plating don't have very much gold and the plating is rather "thin" anyway.


What sucks about monoprice's y-cables is that they only have them in the el-cheapo dollar store variety--i.e. you can get the same type at a dollar store. Unless you're ordering other things from MP anyway, I would just look into your local dollar store to find them.


What you could do instead is buy stereo miniplug-to-RCA adapters and then use any RCA cables you want from there. You could even use MP's own up-level RCAs that way. I don't get why they don't have y-cables to match those, for higher cost than the el-cheapo ones they have



For example you could use a few of these:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


And then these type of RCAs...
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


However if you go that route, make sure that you can physically fit multiple adapters into the jacks on your motherboard without any interference from themselves or other things on the back panel. Depending on how your jacks are laid out it might not be possible to plug the adapters into the jacks without blocking off some of the other jacks, for example.
 

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Not really a scam per-se, but you aren't really going to hear any difference. Unless the the non-gold cable is otherwise bad, the gold-plated one isn't going to really be anything special. The truth is most low-end cheap type cables that have gold plating don't have very much gold and the plating is rather "thin" anyway.


What sucks about monoprice's y-cables is that they only have them in the el-cheapo dollar store variety--i.e. you can get the same type at a dollar store. Unless you're ordering other things from MP anyway, I would just look into your local dollar store to find them.


What you could do instead is buy stereo miniplug-to-RCA adapters and then use any RCA cables you want from there. You could even use MP's own up-level RCAs that way. I don't get why they don't have y-cables to match those, for higher cost than the el-cheapo ones they have



For example you could use a few of these:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


And then these type of RCAs...
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


However if you go that route, make sure that you can physically fit multiple adapters into the jacks on your motherboard without any interference from themselves or other things on the back panel. Depending on how your jacks are laid out it might not be possible to plug the adapters into the jacks without blocking off some of the other jacks, for example.

hmmm. I didn't think of using those. Thanks. I have one already from once of my cards or some other gadget that I bought.


I am only going about 1.5 feet at max though as my HTPC and Onkyo are in the same housing.
 

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The gold simply prevents corrosion. A new cable with gold plated connectors and an identical new cable with regular connectors would sound identical. The gold just prevents the connection from deteriorating over time.
 
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