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hurtado_roberto 
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Posted: August 09, 2004 at 4:41 PM / IP Logged  

Do you know what a good car audio RCA cable brand is?  Which one of the following is the best and which ones are overkill ( more that you really need in car audio) ?

Stinger Dream Series

Monster Cable MicroXLN

Stinger Hyper Series

KnuKonceptz

Stinger Bullet Series

What do you prefer?

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94legend 
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Posted: August 09, 2004 at 4:51 PM / IP Logged  
Monster Cable
Steven Kephart 
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Posted: August 09, 2004 at 4:58 PM / IP Logged  

I'd say make your own for cheaper.  That is if you know how to solder.  Below is a link to an article my boss wrote comparing some inexpensive Coaxial cable to cat 5 (twisted pair).  You can see how the co-axial is better.  http://www.adireaudio.com/Files/TechPapers/CarCables.pdf

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Posted: August 09, 2004 at 5:21 PM / IP Logged  
Monster Cable is the way to go. Making your own cable can be a good way to go but it is vary easy to do it improperly and induce noise into the cable. I also havent seen anyone capable oof just making a cable to the same quality as the moster cable stuff. I am sure Stevens boss can do it but most people dont have his experience.
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Steven Kephart 
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Posted: August 09, 2004 at 9:03 PM / IP Logged  

How could you do it improperly? 

IMO Monster cable is nice, but you are mainly paying for the looks.  You can get just as good performance out of making your own and not spending $45 per cable.

If you don't mind spending a great deal of money for the looks, or you don't know how to solder, then by all means buy the other stuff.  But if you can solder, then I suggest making your own.  The other advantage is that you can make them specifically to the lengths you need so you don't have to hide extra lengths of RCA's anywhere.

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Posted: August 10, 2004 at 2:59 AM / IP Logged  

This is a discoustion I will pick up tomorrow or on wednesday after work. There are actually quite a few built in features on monster cable that people dont know about that justify spending the money. Its features that most people dont know about but that make a pretty signifigant difference. It also involves technology that someone cant just duplicate with a soldering gun and discount bulk cable. I just dont want to list them all off until I double check exactly what the proper terms are and wat exactly they do and why they help, no point in missinforming people. Most people dont know about the magnetic flux tube or the time correct winding they use in the higher end home speaker wire, but it makes a huge difference and it is something that defiinatly cannot be duplicated by someone off the street.

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Steven Kephart 
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Posted: August 10, 2004 at 11:20 AM / IP Logged  

I look forward to your next post then. 

It would really be neat to also see how much of it is psycho-acoustics and how much of it really makes a difference.  Personally I think the differences (if any) are going to be so slight, that it would be much better to spend the extra money elsewhere in the system where it will make a much larger difference (sound deadening).

I guess I get a little hesitant when it comes to the high end audio maket and some of their claims.  Here's a perfect example of what I mean: http://www.referenceaudiomods.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=NOB_C37_C&Category_Code=VOLUME&Product_Count=2

Steven Kephart

Adire Audio

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Posted: August 10, 2004 at 3:12 PM / IP Logged  
Ah, damn!, that's a good one.  I'll be getting a loan and order mine right away!
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archemedes 
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Posted: August 10, 2004 at 3:55 PM / IP Logged  
I don't use monster anymore, after replacing failed cables on the home end 30% of the time (do to poor quality control) I started using some other brands (usually cheaper high end cables) with no failures
94legend 
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Monster Cable is a top line brand with excellent Quality of both audio and video. Its not the brand, its installer/user.
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