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RCA cables: sound quality vs. price

Q: RCA cables: sound quality vs. price

A question for you audiophiles. I want to connect my sound card to my receiver so I can get my computer's audio through home theatre speakers. I also want to convert my remaining cassette tapes to digital. The RCA to 3.5 mm jack cables come in a huge variety of prices, from a couple bucks for el cheapos to a small fortune for Monster cables to somewhere in between for mid-priced ones. I'm wondering just how much difference there will be in sound quality, considering what I want to use them for. And how important is gold plating? Thanks.

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A: RCA cables: sound quality vs. price

There is a huge variety in the quality of cables and plugs. I always go for Oxygen free copper cables and gold plated plugs. The difference in sound quality between good and bad cables can be pretty big. Go for name brands such as audioquest, belkin or pudney.

I use a X-Fi Elite Pro in one of my PCs and 2 E-mu 1212m's in my other 2 PCs. The sound quality of the X-Fi going through my Linn Pre-power amps and Linn speakers compares pretty well to my much more expensive main stereo.

Hope this helps

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My problem is that I can't get any sound out of my pc anymore.

Things I have checked so far:
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The odd thing is when I configure my speakers and quadraphonic my L and R speakers doesn't get any sounds but LA and RA does give sound out of the speakers and headset.
Screenshow below shows the ones that giving sound in the red box.
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No sound at all...???
Did you try various programs..??(foobar, winamp, mpc, vlc et al)
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Wow, I feel your pain If you have not run a check disk lately, do so. I'm not sure what version of Windows your running; but I'll take a stab in the dark and post this

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A:sound quality said:

I have a few questions regarding sound quality. I've purchaed songs from Itunes (128kbps AAC) and from Amazon (256kbs MP3). If I convert them to wave, which is lossless - is it still truly lossless?Click to expand...

No, when a music file is compressed some of the sound digitally subtracted out and if you convert to wave it can't be added back in so it's still lossy. said:

Also, which is the best sound quality all in all:
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WMA 9.2 Lossless: VBR 100% / 48khz / 24bit 2 channel
WAVE uncompressed: 24bit DVD / 96khz / 2 stereoClick to expand...

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If I'm not mistaking, isn't a regular CD in wave format?Click to expand...

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A:sound quality?

mp3 is a block format so no there is no real way to convert mp3 to wave and expect lossless quality. mp3 remove sounds suposidley cant be heard. if u want loseless u need to go from wave to mp3 not the other way around

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A:Sound quality crackle

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Yes you are right..its inbuilt into the motherboard. All laptops are like that. You could try and external soundcard or a gadget from Creative using its crystallizer software. Heres the link:

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A:Solved: Sound quality>Drivers

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Not much more subjective than sound quality!!! But since Circuit City has a rather liberal Return Policy:
"Returns Policy for Online Purchases
If you’re not completely satisfied with a product, Circuit City will gladly exchange or refund the purchase within 30 days of the sale date, except as noted below.

Digital cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, notebook PCs, monitors, printers, scanners and radar detectors must be returned within 14 days of the sale date, and (except where prohibited by law) are subject to a 15% restocking fee if returned opened or in a non-factory sealed box.

There is no restocking fee for defective product returned in exchange for the exact same product, or for product originally purchased as Open Box.

For any exchange or refund, we need the original receipt or a record of the purchase in our system, and the product must be in its original condition, including the box, UPC bar code, packaging, and all accessories.

Opened software, music, games, and movies may be exchanged for the same title only.

Charges for installation and delivery services are nonrefundable after the services have been performed."
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A:Solved: sound quality/new speakers

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A:Windows 8.1/Toshiba low quality sound

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A:Slow pc, Glitchy sound quality

If this information seems choppy, it might be because i had ended some suspicious looking processes before i posted. If need be, i will restart my pc and post a fresh Hijack log.

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:37:25 PM, on 2/24/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Veoh Networks\VeohWebPlayer\veohwebplayer.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe
C:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe
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C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\SlySoft\AnyDVD\AnyDVD.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
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C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexStoreSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
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C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\usnsvc.exe
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C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: IEVkbdBHO - {59273AB4-E7D3-40F9-A1A8-6FA9CCA1862C} - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\ievkbd.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Veoh Web Player Video Finder - {0FBB9689-D3D7-4f7a-A2E2-5... Read more
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A:Bad quality in sound when recording with Fraps

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A:Sound quality no so good with 'Line-In'

My Bad.

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A:stereo mix IDT Hi Def audio bad quality sound

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