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Although nearly all audio-visual connectors, including audio, composite and component video, and S/PDIF audio can use identical 75 Ω cables, sales of special-purpose cables for each use have proliferated. Varying cable quality means that a cheap line-level audio cable might not successfully transfer component video or digital audio signals due to impedance mismatch and poor shielding quality (causing signal-to-noise ratio to be too low). Cables should meet the S/PDIF specification as defined by the international standard IEC 60958-3 for assured performance.
derFunkenstein wrote:suh-weet. I mean, I own RCA cables so I can try one before I order, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to fry something first. I'll give it a go, but I've had good luck with Hosa-branded cables; they're what Guitar Center uses for their own store line of instrument and XLR cables, and they've always been good to me too. Thanks all.
If the cable I have won't work I'll grab a special-purpose one. Being a digital signal, it should be a matter of "it works" or "it doesn't work", not "working with varying degrees of quality" at least...
UberGerbil wrote:Monster Cables is unhappy with this thread and would like you all to keep this information to yourselves. Bits much prefer to be wrapped in gold.
cphite wrote:It always amazes me how much of a premium people are willing to pay for something that offers absolutely no additional value to what they're using it for.
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