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Can somebody recommend me an RCA cable kit, something similar to this?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2869&seq=1&format=2

I don't want to go with monoprice RCAs....I had an EXTREMELY bad experience with 3 of their RCA cables. The connectors where so freaking tight that it nearly broke the RCAs input on my amp. All 3 cables had the same issue (hello quality control?)....and monoprice refused to give me a full refund, only half, even though it wasn't even my fault. Ughhh, never again....I'm not sure how Monoprice can screw up cables so badly....a bunch of reviewers complained about the monoprice cables being too tight too.

Anyway I'm looking for an RCA cable kit that is similar in fit and finish to the monoprice above....but without the headaches....can somebody recommend a kit? I'm also looking for a USB cable for a USB DAC. Are most USB cables created equal? I don't have to buy a "sound specific" USB cable to run a USB DAC right?

Thanks in advanced.
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post #2 of 9
USB is digital, so as long as it's USB 2.0 certified it will be fine.

You can just take a pair of needle nose pliers and bend the outer tabs of your existing monopole RCA cables outward a little if they are too tight; tight connections are a common issue and it isn't even always the fault of the cables, sometimes it's the port that is too big.
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Acoustic Research branded cables are good, inexpensive cables. Check them out.
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Originally Posted by qwertymac93 View Post

USB is digital, so as long as it's USB 2.0 certified it will be fine.

You can just take a pair of needle nose pliers and bend the outer tabs of your existing monopole RCA cables outward a little if they are too tight; tight connections are a common issue and it isn't even always the fault of the cables, sometimes it's the port that is too big.

Thanks, I'll just go ahead and buy whatever USB 2.0 cable I see around.

As for the monoprice cable...no I'm not gonna bother modifying it...theres no excuse for the tolerance to be this tight....there are plenty of negative reviews regarding this cable....funny thing is, it never shows up on the monoprice website...I'm guessing monoprice is trying to hide the negative reviews from actually "showing" until you actually read it.
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What are you connecting with the RCA interconnect cable?
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What are you connecting with the RCA interconnect cable?

USB DAC to amplifier.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

What are you connecting with the RCA interconnect cable?

USB DAC to amplifier.

What models. A high end DAC and amp may benefit from some higher quality interconnects.
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post #8 of 9
try Blue Jeans Cables.

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

I use Wireworld XLR, RCA and USB cables. Wireworld's "Shtick" is to separate the conductors



Lacie makes a good USB cable similar to this that cost only $10-15.
    
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Originally Posted by bumblebee1980 View Post

try Blue Jeans Cables.

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

I'd also recommend bluejeans if you want good quality cables. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing to be gained in audio fidelity by spending money on expensive cables, but the shielding in nicer cables like bluejeans can resolve some RF/EMI issues. For example, with a monoprice RCA interconnect I could sometimes hear the radio through my headphone amp, with a bluejeans cable it's silent.
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