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Old 8th April 2014, 06:48 AM   #1
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Default A curiosity - what cables do you use ?

Hello,
i have the feeling that a normal good quality coaxial correctly terminated can be a very good RCA cable.
What do you use as analogue cables in your systems ?
Any suggestion of specific brands or models ?
Thanks a lot and kind regards, gino
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Old 8th April 2014, 07:05 AM   #2
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This is a correct assumption. URM70 is a very good performing cable, low capacitance, good shielding and flexible. I use RG316 now though, as being PTFE it doesn't mess up when you solder it.
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Old 8th April 2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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This is a correct assumption.
URM70 is a very good performing cable, low capacitance, good shielding and flexible.
Thanks a lot for your kind and valuable reply
I see that comes both with solid and stranded inner core
Any preference about one of the two ?

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I use RG316 now though, as being PTFE it doesn't mess up when you solder it
I think that i tried this one. I remember a very stiff cable.
As you say i love PTFE as well. It is extremely beneficial while soldering
Other coaxial with PE insulation are a night mare for me ...
I think that i will try again the RG316 with good RCA connectors
Thanks again.
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Old 8th April 2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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URM70 should have stranded inner, that's its specification. Solid core cable is too stiff for interconnects and could fatigue with repeated use.

RG316 is not stiff, it's quite thin and again with stranded core.

Neutrik and Amphenol make good RCA connectors.
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Old 8th April 2014, 08:10 AM   #5
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URM70 should have stranded inner, that's its specification. Solid core cable is too stiff for interconnects and could fatigue with repeated use.
RG316 is not stiff, it's quite thin and again with stranded core.
Neutrik and Amphenol make good RCA connectors
Thanks a lot. I understand that the cable i have used was different RG model.
Yes stiffness is not handy at all. But someone swear about the superior signal transfer with solid core ... i am completely ignorant on this by the way.
If you say that stranded one is ok i trust you.
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Old 8th April 2014, 08:51 AM   #6
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For which connection? There's a lot of cables in my system.
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Old 8th April 2014, 08:57 AM   #7
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Stranded is OK. The cable is rated to RF use, any skin effect is way above the frequencies of audio.

Try it and see. You won't have any problems.

There is a danger threads like these descend into arguments.
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Old 8th April 2014, 11:13 AM   #8
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For which connection?
There's a lot of cables in my system.
Hi yes you are right
I am mostly interested in analogue cables terminated with RCAs
There are big discussions going on among audiophiles but i have never been able to get some specific explanation about why cheap coaxial should not be perfectly ok.
I understand that construction quality is variable, but a decently made coaxial should be quite ok also for analogue signals transfer i guess.
And i have already received valuable confirmations.
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Old 8th April 2014, 11:15 AM   #9
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Stranded is OK.
The cable is rated to RF use, any skin effect is way above the frequencies of audio.
Try it and see. You won't have any problems.
There is a danger threads like these descend into arguments.
Hi and thanks again.
For me the issue is closed. I will make some out of the cables you mention.
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