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OK, I assume Monster Cables are just overpriced versions of something almost as good. So, what would be the next level down form Monster? I plan on going Optical from my sound card to some Logitech Z-5500's, and I want a high quality cable without getting jipped into buying Monster Cables. So, what would you guys recommend?
    
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blue jeans cable. I use their digital cables... and my analogue cables
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Just the guy I was hoping would see this Thanks! Whre would I get these? (reputable online preferably, or a chain place like Best Buy if they carry them)
    
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http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

yes, it's a reputable company. You'll probably also find that their cables tend to be cheaper than monster... and better
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I personally have found no diff in sq with optical cables. As long as the plug fits tight, and no light can get in, you sould be fine with even the RCA models. It is so nice to see some people starting to use optical.
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If I have an X-fi X-gamer FPS, etc. and Z-5500's whats the best bang for buck way to get the best sound out of them? (cablewise)
    
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I don't know if your card has optical out, but if it does, use it. I have removed my x-fi card so I could use the optical on my mb, and it sounds better, and I only run 1 small wire to my system which cary's up to 7.1, can induct no noise, and travles at the speed of light.
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Originally Posted by chailvr View Post
If I have an X-fi X-gamer FPS, etc. and Z-5500's whats the best bang for buck way to get the best sound out of them? (cablewise)
That depends on what you primarily use your computer for. If you game you need to use analogue cables. The cables that came with your speakers will be fine, and you won't get any real improvement without spending quite a bit more money. If you primarily listen to music, or movies then digital output just might give you better soundquality. The speakers themselves can decode surround sound for movies.
Your X-Fi has digital coax out. You'll need an adapter or a better option would be to get a custom digital coax cable. I have a spare if you need/want. I'll sell it cheap

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I don't know if your card has optical out, but if it does, use it. I have removed my x-fi card so I could use the optical on my mb, and it sounds better, and I only run 1 small wire to my system which cary's up to 7.1, can induct no noise, and travles at the speed of light.
1. his/her card does not have optical out
2. coax is superior to optical except at extremely long runs.
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post #9 of 13
it is true, bluejean cables are nice.

but i always use monster cables because i can get them cheap at the computer fair.

also good place to go is monoprice
http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...d=10239&style=

just look around, they have some good stuff sometimes.
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That depends on what you primarily use your computer for. If you game you need to use analogue cables. The cables that came with your speakers will be fine, and you won't get any real improvement without spending quite a bit more money. If you primarily listen to music, or movies then digital output just might give you better soundquality. The speakers themselves can decode surround sound for movies.
Your X-Fi has digital coax out. You'll need an adapter or a better option would be to get a custom digital coax cable. I have a spare if you need/want. I'll sell it cheap



1. his/her card does not have optical out
2. coax is superior to optical except at extremely long runs.
How can you say that, Optical is noise free 100%, can deliver information at the speed of light, and conducts no electricity. Optical is far superrior to wire for future apps. In my opinion, they are pretty equal when it comes to the wire and current use, but since a computer can be a electricly noisy box, I will use optical, and never have to wory about emi noise. Now when Jitter is considered on optical cables, that is not the cables fault, it is the input stage that can genrally create Jitter. If you have to create tight corners when running wire then maybe coax, but genrally optical cables are thinner and can deliver the same info as coax. Furthermore, I find that a low end optical cable will outperform a low end coax. When it comes to High end coax and high end optical I have never heard any diff. I have seen some devices have a much stronger output stage on optical over the coax out, like the original ps2, but again that has nothing to do with the wire.
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