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"Composite" / "RCA" Audio cables..... Where, what how ?

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. My builder is supposed to be plastering my walls this weekend, but audio cables ordered havent arrived, so need a quick permanent solution for this problem! Ok.... The cable is to connect a ga… Read More
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banned7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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My builder is supposed to be plastering my walls this weekend, but audio cables ordered havent arrived, so need a quick permanent solution for this problem!

Ok.... The cable is to connect a games console to a gaming chair. The 10 metre cable I bought hasnt arrived and I cant find anywhere local that has this length (or the price I paid of £1.99 each for 2 of them!) Its just the cheapo Red and white audio leads I need. Ive also ordered the outlet box the cable connects to (so the leads bought need to be cut anyway.)

All I need is approx 7 metres (x2) of this cable - without connectors (ie off a roll) but havent any clue what I need to ask for. I did speak to maplins, but as expected, they want silly money for something that was costing me £1.99.

Anyone know what the cable is actually called that is used for this connection? Best place to buy from a roll?

If I have to bite the bullet and pay OTT I guess that's what I'll have to do so the builder can continue plastering. I'd rather buy at a sensible price though!

Ta Muchly.


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banned7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
http://www.inmax.ca/images/rca-cable.gif

This is the type of connector I refer.
#2
the only place i know that could help is maplins but they are expensive
banned#3
ViperKeith
the only place i know that could help is maplins but they are expensive


Yeh, they quoted me £20 +the connectors - which is taking the pee! I dont want to hold up the builder, so if it has to be that, so be it..... Just rather not encourage companies that rip people off.
#4
You can just go into Wickes, B&Q or any place like that and buy a roll of the wire. If you don't need the connectors just go into Homebase or one of the above and ask one of the drones there.

Or if you are near Warwick I can give you some.

Actually, have you tried CEX? They often hold those wires, you can see the stock online then go and collect from them if you need to.

Shouldn't be too hard to locate some.
#5
did you try argos, tesco, asda, wilkos, currys?
#6
Maplin, RS, Farnell, rapid, anywhere that sells screened audio cable. TBH the £20 stuff from Maplin is probably a much better quality cable in the long run (no pun intended!)

Do you just need a pair of cables or more (its confusing whether you want 2 or 4 cables in total!)?
#7
dcx_badass;6662898
Grab some speaker cable from B & Q or somewhere like Motorworld.


Speaker cable and screened cable are pretty different - over 7 meters an high-impedance audio signal sent over speaker cable will be a mess, basically.
banned#8
dale4020
You can just go into Wickes, B&Q or any place like that and buy a roll of the wire. If you don't need the connectors just go into Homebase or one of the above and ask one of the drones there.

Or if you are near Warwick I can give you some.

Actually, have you tried CEX? They often hold those wires, you can see the stock online then go and collect from them if you need to.

Shouldn't be too hard to locate some.


Half the problem is knowing what to ask for. I spoke to QVS direct, who Im sure must sell it, but they said they didnt. I had described what it was for clearly enough I think!

Thanks for the offer BTW - but I'm a bit far from Warwick. Appreciated all the same. :thumbsup:

sarbjeet_
did you try argos, tesco, asda, wilkos, currys?


I know they might sell the finished RCA cables, but probably not on the reel. Getting a 10m pre-made like I ordered would be preferable. (Damned postmen!)

jah128
Maplin, RS, Farnell, rapid, anywhere that sells screened audio cable. TBH the £20 stuff from Maplin is probably a much better quality cable in the long run (no pun intended!)

Do you just need a pair of cables or more (its confusing whether you want 2 or 4 cables in total!)?


I'm gonna buy 2 gaming chairs (So the kids dont fight over it) - hence the need for 2 cables. Not sure how it works to be honest! Ive bought a faceplate that takes a pair of these twin cables as well as a Satellite output and Terrestrial Aerial output.

Dont have an RS near me and never heard of Farnell.

So what is the name I would be asking for? "shielded Audio" seems to cover a multitude!

Id have thought QVS direct would sell it, but I havent a skoobie what to look for!

jah128
Speaker cable and screened cable are pretty different - over 7 meters an high-impedance audio signal sent over speaker cable will be a mess, basically.


Hehe... I rest my case! ^^^^^^^ Mine field.... and I dont get a second bite after its buried in the wall!
#9
I'm assuming it is for carrying an (unamplified) audio signal though?

Basically Maplin will charge you a lot more than the premade cables, although in all honesty it will be a better quality cable (the premades that cost that little are very thin and not the easiest to strip back for reconnecting to new plugs - some also have coated cables which makes making a good, clean reconnection a lot harder). They have this twin cable for £1.29/m and a cheaper 49p/m single-cable - the £1.29/m is probably better but as you say works out at getting on for £20.

If good sound-quality really isn't an issue you could try local market/hardware/odd'n'sods stores for a similar long-interconnect to the ones you were meant to get delivered - should be able to find some for under a fiver at least - but given its for a permanent install its maybe a false economy?
#10
The picture you have shown is for audio only.

If I'm reading this correctly, just get the builder to install the outlet box to the wall. The cables, when they arrive, will just plug into the wall socket without interfering with the plastering.
#11
can't the builder insert some trunking with string through, you can then pull the cable thru later?
banned#12
jah128
I'm assuming it is for carrying an (unamplified) audio signal though?

Basically Maplin will charge you a lot more than the premade cables, although in all honesty it will be a better quality cable (the premades that cost that little are very thin and not the easiest to strip back for reconnecting to new plugs - some also have coated cables which makes making a good, clean reconnection a lot harder). They have this twin cable for £1.29/m and a cheaper 49p/m single-cable - the £1.29/m is probably better but as you say works out at getting on for £20.

If good sound-quality really isn't an issue you could try local market/hardware/odd'n'sods stores for a similar long-interconnect to the ones you were meant to get delivered - should be able to find some for under a fiver at least - but given its for a permanent install its maybe a false economy?


Its for connecting a games console to a gaming chair. I doubt it will make the slightest difference if its "cheapo" cable.

I'm not even sure I'd need 2 sets!!!! Is there only one output on the Xbox and Wii? (I should know this, but I dont!) Im not sure how these things work with "split screen" games!

The Therapist
The picture you have shown is for audio only.

If I'm reading this correctly, just get the builder to install the outlet box to the wall. The cables, when they arrive, will just plug into the wall socket without interfering with the plastering.


maddogb
can't the builder insert some trunking with string through, you can then pull the cable thru later?


Where its being chase, has loads of cables involved and then goes over the ceiling and down the opposite wall. I'm not sure if this would work!
#13
guv;6663763
Its for connecting a games console to a gaming chair. I doubt it will make the slightest difference if its "cheapo" cable.

I'm not even sure I'd need 2 sets!!!! Is there only one output on the Xbox and Wii? (I should know this, but I dont!) Im not sure how these things work with "split screen" games!


There's definately a significant amount of loss in cheap cables when you go beyond 5m, but as you say its for a gaming system (the result would basically be a slight degradation in signal quality and a noticable increase in noise). So I take it that the chair takes in line-level audio inputs and has an amplifier/speakers built into it?

Also as you say there is only one (stereo pair) output so you need to split this if you want to feed it to two seperate chairs - ideally you would use some sort of mixer/op-amp/balanced-splitted to do this but if both the chairs are the same you should be able to get away with simply dividing the cable at the output points (this is very much a hack though and again will affect signal quality).

PS When you say there are lots of cables - do try to keep any power cables seperated from signal cables...
#14
What about Ebuyer? They do sat delivery but its pricey £10. thats where I got my cables though they were only 5 metres ....
#15
Sorry, I'll try and ask that a bit clearer. As I read it, you want to take the unamplified stereo audio outputs from both a Wii and XBOX - via phono(RCA) leads, through the wall, out to a faceplate several meters away where they will connect to a pair of gaming chairs (using more phono leads)?

How do you plan to go about switching between the audio output on the consoles?
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banned#17
jah128
There's definately a significant amount of loss in cheap cables when you go beyond 5m, but as you say its for a gaming system (the result would basically be a slight degradation in signal quality and a noticable increase in noise). So I take it that the chair takes in line-level audio inputs and has an amplifier/speakers built into it?

Also as you say there is only one (stereo pair) output so you need to split this if you want to feed it to two seperate chairs - ideally you would use some sort of mixer/op-amp/balanced-splitted to do this but if both the chairs are the same you should be able to get away with simply dividing the cable at the output points (this is very much a hack though and again will affect signal quality).

PS When you say there are lots of cables - do try to keep any power cables seperated from signal cables...


There will be a mains feed within the chase, along with a satellite and terrestrial aerial. sounds like I need a further chase?
#18
guv;6664249
There will be a mains feed within the chase, along with a satellite and terrestrial aerial. sounds like I need a further chase?


Its a good idea if you can to keep the mains cable away (at absolute minimum make sure its not wrapped around the other cables in any way). The cable above will work fine but will reduce the stereo seperation slightly (not ideal but given the context not that big an issue!)...
banned#19
jah128
Its a good idea if you can to keep the mains cable away (at absolute minimum make sure its not wrapped around the other cables in any way). The cable above will work fine but will reduce the stereo seperation slightly (not ideal but given the context not that big an issue!)...


OK cool. That cable in post 18 ok?

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