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Old February 23rd, 2006, 09:34 AM   #16
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Of course we're happy when people buy from our sponsors, but in this case being able to touch and hold the actual cables might sway your decision one way or another. Have you looked at cables in any local stores?

It's only an hour away... What do you guys use? I need S-video, and I need a connector to my TV.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 10:26 AM   #17
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I'm always amused when one of these strings pops-up. Even with an electronics engineering background, I've occasionally (stupidly) bought into the hype and tried a Monster cable. In more cases than not, I've screwed-up my connectors trying to get the dang things plugged-in! Some have been so tight that I pulled the connectors off when un-plugging! Pretty, but useless, IMHO.

While I agree with Spot about not completely buying into the statement that "copper is copper", it all comes down to the I-squared-R factor in the cable -- use an adequate size for the current capacity required that doesn't in turn wreck your connectors. For example, a flexible 12 guage stranded zip cord on a speaker will work just as well as any Monster type cable, regardless of the price. As someone mentioned, depending on the application, shielding and the connectors are much more important than all the gee-whiz factor of the cable. Spend your money where you can get more bang for the buck.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 10:58 AM   #18
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It's only an hour away... What do you guys use? I need S-video, and I need a connector to my TV.
Well in that case, by all means just go to B&H in person! As far as "what do I use".... I get regular consumer grade cables from places like Best Buy and Circuit City. Really, this ain't rocket science :-)
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 11:22 AM   #19
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While I agree with Spot about not completely buying into the statement that "copper is copper", it all comes down to the I-squared-R factor in the cable -- use an adequate size for the current capacity required that doesn't in turn wreck your connectors. ....

Oh yes, should have said "all things equal" Gotta compare apples to apples and all that and comparing Monster cable to thin little #24 "speaker cable" is not what I meant. But $5 a foot "boutique" #14 stranded copper and $0.15 a foot hardware store #14 stranded copper is going to be pretty much the same.
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