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5th August 2002, 12:46 PM
I noticed an earlier thread regarding cheap cables, people have suggested Trianglecables.com. This being an American site, I would think p&p adds to cost for us Brits.
Could anyone suggest a Uk site, I myself have used Maplins (cheap and cheerful) with some joy and saddness (S-Video cable 5m = B&W).
Does anyone else have any suggestions??
5th August 2002, 04:40 PM
svideo cables that have gorn black and white have done so cause the chroma connector is broken (you can't mend it on those cheap maplins molded style cables)
don't use svideo is my recomendation - its not that much better quality than composite and has many disadvantages - the main one being that its not designed to work over long cable runs (max 10 meters) also you can't make your own leads and the cable is very expensive, not to mention the flimsy connectors that allways break.
the broadcast industry doesn't use svideo very much at all they jump from composite to component - there are good resons why the pros don't use s.
get a soldering iorn and some bnc or phono plugs (your choice bnc is more pro but phonos are cheaper + easer to assemble) and some video signal cable and make up your own leads - not only is it the cheapest way to get quality leads but you'll be able to repair them when they get mashed
i've had good results with cable + plugs from maplins
xx73q oxygen free 75ohm video coax (page 70) ?65 for 100meters drum
6th August 2002, 04:09 AM
Man, I dunno why people knock svid so much, we started out with mostly composite, and have gone nearly all svid now. Also check out cables.com for good deals. We use up to 75' runs of svid without too many issues, but it gets touchier after 100' or so. I've found that if you're going to connect two cables on the floor, tie them together to give the point where they connect some slack. If they get tugged, the tie will tighten, and won't stress the connectors. We've got a permanent installation in a RF-noisy club environment, the only problems we've had are due to a really shitty cheap distro amp we have.
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