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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by James M, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. James M

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    In my opinion no far too expensive unless you have some really high end kit and even then I wouldn't bother. Try some of the Forum sponsors listed above, under £20 will buy you a decent 1-2m lead leaving you lots of change to spend on media to watch :)
     
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    Or DIY the same (if not better ;) ) for a fiver :thumbsup:
     
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    Good point Zone:suicide:

    check out the DIY forum for some ideas including my own work :laugh:
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: Anyone want to guess were RS make their money...... :eek: http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/PGV332.html are pretty decent cables................£80 for RS own brand stuff :suicide: make them yourself or if you are to lazy order some decent cables from TVcables and save yourself £55 (what are you connecting anyway)
     
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    I must be having a dumb day but where is the DIY forum?
     
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    4 forums down from this one mate ;)
     
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    Well this is good news as I thought I needed to spend a mint on cables, I'm connecting a PD30 and a SD-240
     
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    Richersounds would like you to spend a mint on cables but as long as the cable is double screened 75ohm and terninated with half decent (as close to 75ohm) metal screened rca plugs then you wont go far wrong ;)
     
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    Something like this then, at the end of the day I don't want to go too cheap

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/XHV704-100.html
     
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    still waste of £20 IMO http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/CP001.html if you want you can do us all a favour.... buy some cheap ones then go to RS and ask if there £79.99 cables will make a difference and if they dont can you return them? then try both and let us know what you think........
     
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    a sponsor they are, yeah seems suitable enough
     
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    I just ordered 3 of the Cable Universe component cables before seeing this thread - I've managed to lose my Ixos cables over christmas (no I don't know how either - although I did have a strange dream about three headed snakes attacking me).

    I'll measure the connectors to check for 75ohms as that and decent shielding are the most important aspects - other than that, cabling seems to be the holy grail of AV profits.

    Cheers

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    Intending to get some component leads myself soon. Looking at those two choices, the IXOS 3 into 1 design looks better for me, simply to keep the clutter down. But will this give me as good a result as the 3 seperated cables from cable universe?.

    cheers

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    A quick update, the cables arrived yesterday for Cable Universe. I haven't had a chance to get the multimeter on them as I spent 3 hours setting up a scaler and running DVE.

    First impressions are :

    very well made, good heavy connectors with a tight fit. The main cable is very thick and looks to be well insulated. They are heavier and thicker than the Ixos cables I lost, and not too flexible, but I could route them reasonably easily.

    All in all they do look to be a bit of a bargain.

    Ian
     
  19. Joe Pineapples

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    imichael, have you had a chance to put the cables through their paces yet?. Just wondering as my brother is keen to get some sorted, before too long.

    joe
     
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    Joe

    I can't really compare them to anything as I've used them to connect to a scaler - so any pq improvement could be down to that. The picture I have now is very clean, so I guess that is a good sign that the cables do their job, and if I swap between an S-video and component input there seems to be a slight improvement with component (but that is always subjective).

    Like I say, they do the job, look very well made and for the price seem to be a bargain - I'd say go for it, it's not a lot to gamble.
     
  21. Joe Pineapples

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    yes, i suppose in an ideal world, you need maybe 3 different sets of cables at hand, just to be able to compare them against each other.
     
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    I also purchased the Cable Universe Component cable and was very pleased with it. Can't go wrong for the money.
    I would love someone to try these against an expensive set just for the hell of it. Unfortunately I can't afford to do it. Any rich people out there willing to give it a go?
     
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    Thanks for the thread and advice guys. I've been looking to get some cheap components just to give them a whirl and these will do the trick nicely, so I've ordered them.

    Is there a noticable improvement over RGB Scart?
     
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    I was using a quality IXOS scart cable and still noticed an improvement in the picture when using the cheap Component Cable. Images were just very slightly sharper and colours richer. I would imagine the difference would be even more noticable if you are currently using a cheap scart lead.
    One thing I did notice though was that I had to turn the contrast up significantly when using the Component lead. This could just be something to do with my cheap DVD player. Anyone else come across this?
     
  25. Joe Pineapples

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    Hmm, thats a good point i hadnt considered. I doubt its down to the quality (or lack of) of your dvd player. Probably more likely the way the signal is composed. I've also noticed a difference in conttast between a standard and rgb signal (rgb being more pronounced). I dont know if all dvd players have the facility now, but my old Panasonic S75 has a its own colour/brightness/contrast settings, so that should save messing with the tv settings, when i eventually siwtch it to component myself.
     
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    After reading your post I bought these and for the cheapo price they are great cables. I wasn't expecting much but they are well made and very heavy, maybe too thick for some people as it's hard to hide them.

    After nearly 5 months I can't fault them and since I've borrowed a few friends 'quality' cables and they have even been surprised, not only me not looing like a tight git, I think you would need to spend 5-10 times the price to better them.

    I'm wondering if it's worth taking the chance with their own 6 phono cables for my future Sammy 950s SACD/DAD-A MCH outputs? Or can anyone advise better?

    Cheers

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    I'm confused. Did you end up with the 'Cable Universe' or the 'TVCable'
     
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    TV Cable
     
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    Hi, some advice if you guys don't mind please!

    I was thinking of getting the 10m cheapo component cables:
    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/CP003.html :rotfl:

    It's to connect my fairly old Tosh SD210EB to my new Epson TW10H PJ (hopefully coming in the next couple of days!).

    Will there be a noticeable loss in quality or am i better off going for these:
    http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/cata...id=885&zenid=3538e1bda3406227fb19566785dd723c

    or... straining the old wallet... go for one of Mark Grant's wonder cables:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=104551 :suicide:

    Many thanks,
     
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    You might also consider the Profigold PGV339.

    Andy.
     

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