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Old 06-14-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default looking to get some decent to nice RCA cables any recommendations?

hey guys im looking to get some new RCA cables and wanted to see what you all would recommend. i dont want to break the bank but something around $50 give or take. the lower end pricing is better but if there is something that is really nice for a little more i may consider it.

it will need to reach the rear and around corners. so i would think about 15ft would be on the safe side of estimates.

its for a 4 channel amp.

just something simple but reliable and good quality.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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knuconceptz are very good for the price.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:31 AM   #3
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I've always used Monster cables. Never had any problems
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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Monster is great quality.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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Unless you are competing, go for middle of the road quality. Sonix Electronics or Parts Express have plenty of cost effective options that will sound as good as Monster for far less money.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:28 AM   #6
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Monster Cable makes nice cables, but you pay big for the name.

Monster cable quality (sound) for 5 bucks each:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...=2#description

Be advised though: They are 22AWG (fat cables). The shielding on them is designed for installation in commercial buildings, so they will probably last longer than your car They are large and wont bend as nicely as a car audio cable. Price : performance, you cannot hope to beat that if you can live with the large diameter cable that doesn't like to bend (i doubt 4 cables would fit under your door sill, you would have to run them under the center console).

If you want dirt cheap unshielded (crappy but works) cable for $1.56 for 25' cables:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...=2#description

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:07 AM   #7
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Whatever you get, make sure they are twisted. That will help reduce the chance of alternator whine / feedback in the speakers. I use Tsunami / T-SPEC as a decent quality middle of the road line for a fair price.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:51 AM   #8
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Knuconceptz are ok. The RCA barrel is way too tight when connected to the female RCA on the amp. So tight in fact it damaged an RCA jack on the AMP during removal.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #9
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Save your $ - any reasonable cables will do - buy from monoprice.

This article might help.

http://www.electronichouse.com/artic...gh_end_cables/
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
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Save your $ - any reasonable cables will do - buy from monoprice.

This article might help.

http://www.electronichouse.com/artic...gh_end_cables/
Yes and no... as long as they are twisted cables then yes, pretty much everything will be the same. But going with non-twisted cables will almost always cause interference in the lines.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #11
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You get interference if you run your speaker leads too close to a high amperage line. You get induction into the lines. Even a little noise induced on the wire will get amplified. You can also get interference (feedback) from poor grounds on your equipment.

Shielded lines minimize this as the shielding is designed to take the induced current so the amplifier doesn't amplify the noise in the low voltage signal. Twisted pair help as they split the induced voltage across two shielded lines, minimizing amplified interference.

Those monoprice cables will perform as good, if not better than monster cables - they are designed for in-wall use in commercial buildings and are designed to run along side line voltage and high voltage lines (more power than any car could ever hope to generate). That is also why they are very rigid and fat. Their shielding has to meet ANSI certifications for commercial construction. Monster doesn't, they just slap some branding, toss in some basic tin shielding, a pretty wrapper, some gold plated connectors, and sell it for 10x what it cost to make because people will pay for it.

Regardless of what you use, how you run your RCAs and how well you install your gear will have a bigger impact than what brand your RCA cables are (as long as they have basic shielding).
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #12
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i used to work for radioshack and their gold standard cables have worked as well as monsters for me for 1/3rd the price
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:40 AM   #13
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Kicker rca's are great but a pain to run as they are all weeved together. Knukoncepts are best bang for your buck.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...44-09ZI44.html

30$ free shipping
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #14
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Knuconceptz are ok. The RCA barrel is way too tight when connected to the female RCA on the amp. So tight in fact it damaged an RCA jack on the AMP during removal.
This is the case of you get what you pay for. I have their products, like them a lot to consider it again. But the production tolerances vary over time. Some are tight, some are loose, some perfect.

Simple solution... Install it right the first time so you don't have to remove things
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