subwoofer cable question

MrHappyMonkey

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We wiring our new house (its being framed now) for our audio system in the great room. The sub woofer will be next to the entertainment cabinet. What kind of cable do I need to drive the sub woofer? Can I use a plain-jane RCA cable? I've been to circuit city and best buy and have had the "monster cable is t3h l337 cable" pitch about subwoofer cables. So what do I really need?
 

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the main thing with sub cables is that you get one that is shielded well...you should be able to get a good one for not too much money...30 bucks tops
 

MrHappyMonkey

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Originally posted by: rudeguy5757
the main thing with sub cables is that you get one that is shielded well...you should be able to get a good one for not too much money...30 bucks tops

I need about a 20 foot to get to the area due to stud obstructions and what not. What brand/store do you recommend that won't rip me off? B&M would be preferred.
 

rudeguy

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any brand but monster cable...that stuff is just way overpriced...I dont even remember what brand I bought
 

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Why not just make your own cable out of coax cable and RCA ends? The coax cable is designed for in-wall mounting, too.
 

rudeguy

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Originally posted by: Tiles2Tech
Why not just make your own cable out of coax cable and RCA ends? The coax cable is designed for in-wall mounting, too.

have you tried that? This would actually solve a year and half old problem for me if it does

 

ThaGrandCow

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monster cable is not the shizzy. It's the same exact cable with a different outside so it looks more fancy. Some people did some studies and proved that it doesn't help with signal transmission at all.
 

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Originally posted by: rudeguy5757
Originally posted by: Tiles2Tech
Why not just make your own cable out of coax cable and RCA ends? The coax cable is designed for in-wall mounting, too.

have you tried that? This would actually solve a year and half old problem for me if it does

The topic has been discussed successfully in many of the audio forums (HomeTheaterForum.com, HomeTheaterSpot.com, etc.) I personally have a 40' subwoofer cable. I purchased a 20' RCA "Gold" connector cable at Radio Shack. I separated the cable and joined the ends together with a female RCA "barrel" connector. This gave me a 40' cable for about $23.00. It's been performing flawlessly for a few years now. No hum att all - compared to the previous speaker cable that I was using which created a lot of hum.
 

Jinny

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contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)
 

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Originally posted by: Jinny
contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)

Placebo cables are great as well, from what I hear.

Rob
 

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Originally posted by: Jinny
contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)
nobody said they were a bad product...just overpriced

 

Antisocial Virge

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Originally posted by: Tiles2Tech
Originally posted by: rudeguy5757
Originally posted by: Tiles2Tech
Why not just make your own cable out of coax cable and RCA ends? The coax cable is designed for in-wall mounting, too.

have you tried that? This would actually solve a year and half old problem for me if it does

The topic has been discussed successfully in many of the audio forums (HomeTheaterForum.com, HomeTheaterSpot.com, etc.) I personally have a 40' subwoofer cable. I purchased a 20' RCA "Gold" connector cable at Radio Shack. I separated the cable and joined the ends together with a female RCA "barrel" connector. This gave me a 40' cable for about $23.00. It's been performing flawlessly for a few years now. No hum att all - compared to the previous speaker cable that I was using which created a lot of hum.

haha I did exactly the same thing at rad shack. The guy that worked there had told others to do it also. He even showed me a cable that didn't have the plastic dongles so
you could seperate them easily.




contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)
Well they have to justify the expense to themselves somehow. If you spent 3X more and got the same result would you admit it?
 

Jinny

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Originally posted by: Entity
Originally posted by: Jinny
contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)

Placebo cables are great as well, from what I hear.

Rob

i've personally never used it, so i'll agree with you guys, it may be just a placebo effect.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: Jinny
Originally posted by: Entity
Originally posted by: Jinny
contrary to what others have said, many people have experienced great results with Monster Cables Subwoofer cable. (audioreview)

Placebo cables are great as well, from what I hear.

Rob

i've personally never used it, so i'll agree with you guys, it may be just a placebo effect.

My sub cable is monster (came with my Velodyne), but I can't tell the difference between it and other cables I've used. I just use it because it came with the sub. ;)

Rob
 

kami

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I just went to my local audio shop and bought a no-name one that was well-shielded. Steer clear from monster :) I have one monster cable in my system (toslink) but it was free :)