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How much for cables??

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by PC_112, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. PC_112

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    Hello,

    I am creating a budget home cinema system with the Sanyo Z3, the KEF 2005.2 (Eggs), the Yamaha RXV650 Receiver and the Pioneer 575A DVD Player.

    Now I have to decide on cables. I want cables that will "fit" my budget system. With this I mean I don't want any kind of overkills, but at the same time I don't want the cables to be the "bottleneck" of my system.

    So can you please tell me about how much I should spent per meter for speaker cable, digital optical cable (for DVD), digital coaxial cable (for my set top box), component video cable (for DVD) and s-video cable (for stb).

    Can you also suggest some good budget brands and shops for cables?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. eviljohn2

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    An overall budget probably isn't the best plan but I would spend something like this on the cables:

    Digital cables - not more than £15 each.
    S-Video - about £20 for a 1m length, it's worth investing in this one as defects are noticeable.
    Speaker Cable - not worth spending a fortune, have a look through the forums at Cat5 stuff, mains cable stuff and Van Damme stuff.
    Component - Again not a huge amount it depends how far you need it to go.

    In reality most actual cable is pretty similar so the best thing to do is make sure that whatever you buy meets the basic standards for it's purpose and that the terminations are well done and solid. :)
     
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    For the speakers go for Cat5 or twin and earth
     
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    I am a complete newbie with cables.

    When you say "Cat5" cable what do you mean? The Cat5 cable that is used for ethernet networks??
     
  6. eviljohn2

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    Yes, Cat5 ethernet cables. Do a search in this forum and you'll find months worth of reading material, also have a look at the recipe for the DIY FFRC cable at www.tnt-audio.com which is a nice introduction although by no means the only method available.

    There are plenty of cheap speaker cable options available such as the Cat5 recipes, T&E cable, twisted coax (which I use) along with some of the more traditional types such as the Van Damme or QED stuff. :)
     
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    Just to second Eviljohn.
    Some suggestions for shops?
    Try:
    www.maplin.co.uk (Speaker cable - Cat5/Van Damme), DIY bits)
    http://www.tvcables.co.uk (Component S-Video etc)
    http://www.heartlandcables.com/ (Haven't tried these but they look pretty well made and fairly cheap)
    There is also Mark grant on this forum (Who I know makes a good Digital Coax lead)
    HTH
     

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