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SPDIF/digital cables

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Ericlingus, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Ericlingus

    Ericlingus Prettiest Hair Around

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    I was wondering what you guys use for your SPDIF cable and digital cables in general. I am getting a Line 6 Helix soon and I'm going to connect it to my Saffire Pro 40 via SPDIF. I'm currently doing this with a Pod HD500 and I'm using a cheap Hosa cable. I haven't had any issues so far but was wondering if it can in any way affect the sound? I use pretty good quality analogue cables but I don't see much point with digital ones but maybe I'm wrong.
     
  2. JeffTD

    JeffTD Senhor Testiculo

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    With digital I think it's more about how often you'll be moving them since the cheaper cables will have crappier/more likely to fail plug-ends. I've seen zero difference between Monster and Hosa with my Kemper + RME rig. The biggest thing is just making sure the cables are digital and you're not just hijacking the RCA cable from an old DVD player or something. :lol:
     
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    Ericlingus Prettiest Hair Around

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    lol nah I'm getting the spdif 75-ohm coax cable. The Hosa one I want is like 11 bucks vs 40+ for the monster type ones. It isn't going to be stepped on or moved all the time either. I haven't had any issues with the one I already have. Just want another for SPDIF in to my Line 6 Helix(in addition to the spdif out).
     
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    Some cheap shit from Amazon for my Kemper --> Roland Quad Capture here. Works great.
     
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    Yeah with digital cables it either works or it doesn't, it's just sending a data stream. Only thing worth paying extra for is durability but if it's not likely to get abused then you can just go cheap.
     
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    I'm using a heavy duty Canare cable for my Axe-Fx II. Shielding was a major factor in choosing that cable, as was the stout gold connectors.
     
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    As long as those 0's and 1's are passing through it totally doesn't matter. Gold connector does absolutely not add anything.
     
  8. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Yup, the cable simply transmits a series of ones and zeroes at high speeds, and a cable can't turn a one into a zero. Regular analogue audio cables transmit AC voltage which is prone to alterations. You'll be just fine with the cheap stuff.
     
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    Gold connectors don't corrode and tend to last longer. Has nothing to do with the sound, buddy.
     
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    Ha ha! I had to watch that twice to figure out what the hell was going on in that video.
     
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    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    I haven't seen a single corroded connector in my life. And I've seen some strange shit, buddy.
     
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    I use shitty video cables, buddies.
     
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    Cool story, bro. :cool:
     
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    Nickel oxidizes faster than gold but IME the cable most PVC jackets will crack and fail long before the a high quality nickel connector becomes too oxidized to work even in outdoor environments (I worked with sports TV for about ten years. Those dudes set the standard for abusing a/v cabling).
     
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    +1
     
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    Well theoretically a cable CAN turn a 0 into 1, but that would be with an insane amount of noise coming from other cables, so I just go for the less expensive one if it's just gonna stay plugged in the back of my interface and kemper for exemple, so yeah, the cheaper the better.
     

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