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AV Cable Quality?

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  1. cheese

    cheese Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    Just scored one of the Xbox 360 deals on amazon, and I need a few opinions here.

    Im going to hook the xbox to my LCD screen (will be getting a larger one soon) and curious as to what people think or know the quality difference between these items would be?:

    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-VGA-...sr_3/103-6599554-9264656?ie=UTF8&s=videogames

    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-8%20...1_10/103-6599554-9264656?ie=UTF8&s=videogames

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Xbox-360-VGA-HD...QQihZ013QQcategoryZ122517QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/xBox360-2x-RCA-...QQihZ003QQcategoryZ122517QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Thanks,
    Stevo
     
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  3. cheese

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    Probably going to end up with that one, unless someone else has any comments?

    Stevo
     
  4. Mulderator

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    There is no differencein cable quality--things like monster cable are a scam. I've bought cable on e-bay and in the Internet--go for the cheapest cable you can find. The only concern would be if you lived near the ocean or in a very damp climate, you might want to consider gold plated for the corrosion issue.
     
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    BTW--those e-bay vendors would be fine-thousands of positive ratings. Interestingly, people say to stay away from e-bay, yet many of them are the exact same Internet vendors you'd find on the Internet except the prices are lower. There is absolutely nothing wrong with e-bay--it depends on who you are buying from--if you buy from a person who's selling 2nd hand, then there may be an issue, but that vendor is just like buying from any other business.

    You can buy your cables at a cheap price and save money or you can pay double or triple if you want--I'd buy from the e-bay vendor.
     
  6. Mulderator

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    BTW--I should clarify this in terms of "quality" being the signal that is transmitted--cables do one thing--they tranmsit a signal--the most expensive ones do it no better than the cheaper ones. As long as you get cables that are rated the same, the qaulity of the signal will be the same. In many cases, it may be the same manufacturer of the cable.
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    Provided the "cable" they have used in the manufacture is appropriate for the intended use, I would agree.

    But if the cable used has a higher capacitance (due to its internal construction) then the analog VGA signals will be degraded, just as an example.
     
  8. MysticEyes

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    With analog cables there can be a big difference depending on length and environment. A cheap 5' SVIDEO cable will work just fine, but take a 35' thin, poorly shielded cheapy and you will see the difference. Snake it though a few walls and along a few electrical conduits and your picture may now be a total mess. With speaker wires they all transfer the signal, Monster Cables might be overpriced but the thicker gauge of more expensive wire is usually warranted, especially with 4 ohm speaker longer runs.

    Digital cables are another story, you get either perfection or nothing, but again higher price usually gets you better shielding which can be a factor in longer convoluted runs.

    The modern home contains many sources of electrical interference, hologen lighting, dimmer switches, alarm systems, cordless phones, large older electrical appliances, older florescent lighting ballasts, aging power supplies, even your computer. Sometimes you need the additional shielding a more expensive cable provides.
     
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