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angeloPB 30th January 2013 12:28 AM

Phono Cables for Non-Believers
As the title suggests, I am looking for some sort of an off-the-shelf version of RCA to RCA phono cable with ground, 1 meter in length. I like ssabripo's Belkin bulk cable suggestion but I don't want to source all the bulk parts from different vendors.

If a fellow DIYaduio member sells them that would be great. I am using shielded component video cables(2 of the 3( and a DIY ground with 16 gauge speaker wire.)

I just can't believe parts express or mcm doesn't sell decent phono cables and the offerings from the boutique stores are laughable.
And I just don't believe that you need to spend $100 to get a decent phono cable.


Cal Weldon 30th January 2013 12:58 AM

You know Angelo, you might want to change the title of this thread. Not only is it in caps which is a no-no, it led me to believe you had some magical new cable that even the non-believers would be converted to.

Tell me what you want the new title to be and I will oblige.

kevinkr 30th January 2013 01:33 AM

What Cal said, and I'll just add that there are a lot of phono cables on eBay at low cost, particularly from China (here in a few days typically) and some are quite decent quality without getting silly about it.

wintermute 30th January 2013 01:42 AM

try doing a search for concord cables (may unfortunately be known by another brand in the US). They are well made and won't break the bank. I get them from Jaycar 2 x RCA Plugs to 2 x RCA Plugs - 1.5mt - Jaycar Electronics

1M under $20.


angeloPB 31st January 2013 07:17 PM

Apologies for the CAPS. I have been checking ebay from time to time but haven't seen anything for RCA to RCA tonearm cables with ground, but plenty of interconnects, speakers cables and power cables.

What is difference between standard line level shielded interconnects and phone RCA phono cables? Or component video cables for that matter? Are the capacitance or resistance different between the two? Or is it just the shielding and ground wire that makes an interconnect suitable for TT use?

I will check out winter's suggestion. Thanks.

DF96 31st January 2013 07:29 PM

Because of the low signal levels a phono cable may need to have better shielding than an ordinary interconnect. Low capacitance may be helpful with some MM cartridges, although unnecessary for others. Low microphony may also help, as used for microphone cables.

Straight Tracker 31st January 2013 11:40 PM


Originally Posted by Cal Weldon (
Not only is it in caps which is a no-no

I don't get the caps complaint. All the threads have caps in them.



Cal Weldon 1st February 2013 12:07 AM

Late to the party. :)

theAnonymous1 1st February 2013 12:10 AM

These might be a little too budget for you, but...

angeloPB 1st February 2013 03:03 PM

I like them but they do seem very budget. lol I will try again to find something a little better shielded from Hong Kong sellers. I was wanting to see how much $20 U.S. buys.

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