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Component cable recommendations?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by MrNPG, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. MrNPG

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    Hi folks,

    What component cables do you recommend? I don't want to spend a fortune, probably upto about £60-70 max. Only need 1m length.

    Cheers.
     
  2. BDCSTENG GARETH

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    What equipment are you connecting?

    1M of componant cable can be quite cheap.

    Are you wanting RCA or BNC?

    Either way, look at CPC and you can find many cables of all price ranges.

    Gareth.
     
  3. MrNPG

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    Sorry, I was a bit vague in my original post.

    It's for connecting my DVD player (Panasonic at the moment but maybe upgrading soon) to my Plasma.

    RCA connectors required.

    Cheers.
     
  4. Scott_Mac

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    I'd reccommend either Van Damme or Mark Grant cables - both well under budget!
     
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    Van Damme or Mark Grant gets my vote as well, the Chord stuff is just min coax offering no advantages over the cheaper offerings
     
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    Or you could go for these and go out for dinner with the rest of your budget!
     
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    Try here ;) http://www.markgrantcables.co.uk

    For a high performance nice and flexible full size 1 M component cable, I suggest 3 lengths of coloured 1694A terminated with canare Phono, as seen here.
    http://www.markgrantcables.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=11

    Click on the little picture to see the quality picture :)


    The forum offer threads are here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=140

    7710A is superb, but most poeple want cheaper, hence the 3 x 1694A (same cable as used in the cores of 7710A but no black outerkacket, so more flexible.)


    Hope that helps,


    Mark.
     
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    Without having seen the others listed in action i struggle with your brief review of the Chord cable... in my experience of it, it's a stunning cable without spending silly money.
     
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    I have seen the Van Damme, Mark Grant and Chord. In fact I OWN examples of all of these, hence my 'informed' comments. Chord is the most expensive and it certainly isn't the best performing ;)
     
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    LOL ok - "informed" was a bit brief also :D

    Which IS the best performing then? :)
     
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    Regarding these cables listed in the above post, at £8.99 - are they good enough for progressive scan DVD --> 36" Panasonic?

    I only ask because I searched for component cables today and many seem to be very expensive (even seen ones for £188 !!).
     
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    IT all comes down to how much you believe in magic, and how critical are you regarding picture quality?

    Do you sit there and tweek with test patterns?

    The cables I mentioned before are here
    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/endecaSearch/partDetail.jsp?SKU=AV08231&N=411

    In my opinion its all, or nothing when it comes to paying for picture quality.

    Do you have a seperate "technical" mains?
    Do you have a top of the line DVD player?
    Are you sure that the RCA sockets on your player are Fully technically viable for the video standards its outputting?

    Food for thought...

    Gareth.
     
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    They look decent enough but I would always take RRPs you see on eBay with a pinch of salt.
     
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    Now those cables look the business !!

    But I don't understand why he is saying these cables use better quality components that the Ixos he is selling at £55. If his customers believe him then he won't sell many of the Ixos cables.
     
  23. Scott_Mac

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    I asked him the same and he is just honest... he said he still sells more of the others as some people are established and don't trust etc... who knows!
     
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    thanks for the info...i may have to take the plunge with those £29.99 acoustic research cables, but to get prog scan on my tv working properly i will also need another cable for the audio. Could someone tell me what that cable is called....i think (ummm.....maybe) its an audio cable..please clarify.
    nawaz
     
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    one other quick question....since i own a crt 36pl32...how come most sellers recommend usage of these component video cables with plasma TVs??
     
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    Because Componant analogue video has become far more common place in the home with the advent of flat panel dispays etc. I would say most people are trading up from CRTs which at best, had RGB on scart, and therefore the marketing is pushed towards them.

    Gareth.
     
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    Depends on where you want the audio to come out... if it is just from your TV then you will need a 2 Phono -> 2 Phono lead, available from anywhere! In fact the guy above here is selling one, at a lower budget i would say IXOS, QED or Profigold will be fine... QED Qunex 1 for instance is good for the money.

    However if you want to output audio to an AV Amplifier then you will need a Digital Audio lead - either optical or Co-Axial and they get a bit more exciting... to be covered if required :)
     
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    A small update on the Acoustic Research ones, i went ahead and ordered them, the packaging is something to behold in itself - you actually need a Philips screwdriver to open the packaing, none of this tear apart stuff!!!

    The cables are very thick too, a fair bit larger in diameter than the QED PCV1 and IXOS XHV804 i tried them against.

    Without going into a full on description, safe to say they are excellent but they really do show up the shortcomings of the DVD disc and player. Compared to the other cables mentioned above the picture was incredibly vivid, very bright and absolutely pin sharp. It did suffer a little with some of the cloud/fireworks scenes in Lost (R1) with some graining appearing - however whilst this was less evident with the other cables this was more down to a slightly less detailed picture i think. It was certainly a minor flaw and i was fully prepared to live with it given the stunning picture elsewhere and it was only really apparant if you are looking very close and trying to pick fault... if you just relax and watch you don't even notice. I haven't compared them to any other cables and i'm sure there are better ones out there, but i doubt for the money.

    Suffice to say i heartily recommend them and for £29.99 plus £4 shipping they are a true bargain IMHO. Certainly worth a trial if nothing else.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AR-MASTER-MS2...55353QQcategoryZ32837QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
     
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    any votes for qed qp-cv1 ? as im thinking of buying some ????
     

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