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    Default Silver plated Cardas like RCA plugs

    Anybody have a lead on a USA seller of these type of RCA plugs? I know music direct sells the Cardas but the 25.00pr is way too pricey.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/360254698556...84.m1423.l2649

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    $25.00 a pair is too pricey? I wouldn't consider them cheap, but not crazy either. IMO, the Aural Thrills Teflon with pure silver plug is one of the best RCA plugs you can buy. They definately more pricey, but they are "mo better" too. I highly recommend buying them Ivan. Whatever you do (IMO) I would not buy those Chinese ebay ones. You have no idea what percentage of "silver" they are. Below is a link to the Aural Thrills RCA plugs. I cannot post a direct link, but on the left side of the page click on "Teflon RCA". These are excellent! For $65 for 2 pairs they are absolutely worth it!:

    http://www.auralthrillsaudio.com/
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    Well yes it is too pricey to try and create cables and practice on soldering little tiny plastic pieces...
    At 50.00 for a set it sure makes Audioquest cables look very good, I've found some good wire that sounds pretty good and would like to build on that but if I'm going to spend 250.00 just on ends it puts it WAY out of line with my budget for this.

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    They are $24 a pair, but the Luminous Audio silver RCA plugs sound better to me than any other options I've tried.

    http://www.luminousaudio.com/zcart/i...ipid8t3290vvt0

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    good grief 24$ a pair ...well you need 4 for left and right hence 50.00. Do not want or need locking come on guys simple question where in the good old USA can I buy the RCA plugs that I listed that are not from CARDAS but a seller who is in the good old USA that sells these plugs. Visa has put blocks on any purchases from CHINA of I would of bought the ebay listed plugs...

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    I've used these with good success a few times:

    http://www.speakerrepair.com/page/pr..._RCA/RS10.html

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    Sorry Ivan, I didn't know you were doing this as a "learning" project. Makes sense now why you want some "cheapie" RCA plugs. I wish I could give you a good recomendation for some. I don't have a "cheap" alternative like you are looking for.
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    Thanks Zingo but I'm on a mission to find the RCA's in my link in post 1

    I actually had someone give me a pair of them and they are short in length and have a good grip without the grip of death. Just thought I'd try and get more for this project. 99.9% of this stuff comes out of Asia anyway but was not prepared for PP and Visa to decline payment due to troubles over there so that is why I'm looking for a USA supplier. Trust me I'm able to Google and I have been scanning pages and pages of RCA plugs most are the same just with a different screened name. My head hurts from looking at the hundreds of pages but have yet to find those in my first post.

    This guy buys them from USA seller VVV
    http://www.ela-audio.com/#!rca-cables/c1yc2

    He told me where he gets all the wire and other things but has yet to point me to a direction for the RCA plugs. He told me he has used both (Cardas and the linked) and the only way he could tell the difference was by the Cardas nautilus logo.
    I even went to the Cardas site and they have been discontinued except for the nautilus logo silver SS. From what I see every Cardas also is made of eutectic Brass then coated with whatever.

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    Ivan, do you know of someone with a different type of CC (Discover, American Express) that would order them for you if you sent them the funds via PP or check or whatever?

    That or maybe we have a Polkie over that way that can order them and then ship em to ya if its not cost prohibitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Ivan, do you know of someone with a different type of CC (Discover, American Express) that would order them for you if you sent them the funds via PP or check or whatever?

    That or maybe we have a Polkie over that way that can order them and then ship em to ya if its not cost prohibitive.
    At the moment I did not think of that. I'm sure they have to be here in the USA...I have a guy on eBay I have done a lot of business with. He does a lot of business out of China, but I have not hit him up yet either. Just thought for sure someone here would of seen these somewhere...I know they are out there somewhere....got to be.

    PP will not even let me send funds at the moment from my bank account...

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    I'm surprised you are unable to order them with PayPal. I ordered two items from Hong Kong, and one from China Sunday. Used PayPal funded with Visa. No issues.

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    I have had no paypal problems through ebay either.

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    Talked to Brian from Cardas he told me they make EVERYTHING here in the USA in house. I showed him the RCA's and he too had seen them they bought them and tested them. For the price he said not bad but still inferior to ours. Told him what i was doing and he made me an offer I could not refuse, BUT first asked that I contact two resellers here in Illinois to check to see if they would work something out for me. I have sent the emails now it is a waiting game to see if they want to play ball. If not I get to play ball with Cardas direct

    I would not of thought Cardas made EVERYTHING in house nice to know.

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    Good for you Ivan. Glad you got it worked out and found some RCA's that are a good price and high quality.

    I was not aware that Cardas made everything in house either. Good to know and thanks for the info.

    Edit: After you have practiced soldering and making cables and wish to move up in cable quality, I very highly recommend trying the Aural Thrills RCA connectors. They are some of the best I have heard. Better than Eichmann Silver bullets, and on par with WBT 152's for much less money.
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    Thanks Greg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdogg2 View Post
    Talked to Brian from Cardas he told me they make EVERYTHING here in the USA in house. I showed him the RCA's and he too had seen them they bought them and tested them. For the price he said not bad but still inferior to ours. Told him what i was doing and he made me an offer I could not refuse, BUT first asked that I contact two resellers here in Illinois to check to see if they would work something out for me. I have sent the emails now it is a waiting game to see if they want to play ball. If not I get to play ball with Cardas direct

    I would not of thought Cardas made EVERYTHING in house nice to know.
    Lookie at you Ivan, playing with the BIG DOGS!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdogg2 View Post
    I would not of thought Cardas made EVERYTHING in house nice to know.
    Cardas is a 100% company. Have had several sit downs and beers with Colleen Cardas and her husband Mark (Vinyl Anarchist) great couple. Cardas have special designed machines that have been engineered and built for every piece gear and cable they sell. Their products are not OEM stuff wrapped in plastic and clads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txcoastal1 View Post
    Cardas is a 100% company. Have had several sit downs and beers with Colleen Cardas and her husband Mark (Vinyl Anarchist) great couple. Cardas have special designed machines that have been engineered and built for every piece gear and cable they sell. Their products are not OEM stuff wrapped in plastic and clads.
    Well hook a brother up would ya

    it is nice to know they take the time to make even the little stuff. Not many companies can afford to do that anymore.

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    Ok I have a question? Are these connectors any good? http://www.ebay.com/itm/CANARE-RCAP-...-/251184752186
    At the end of the day the signal still passes thru copper at some point.

    Thanks Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjarhead1964 View Post
    Ok I have a question? Are these connectors any good? http://www.ebay.com/itm/CANARE-RCAP-...-/251184752186
    At the end of the day the signal still passes thru copper at some point.

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    Hi Dave,

    First, welcome to CP!

    With the exact right crimper, those would be alright. Without the correct crimp tool, you've got trouble! Doing so many RCA's that you want to buy a crimp tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjarhead1964 View Post
    Ok I have a question? Are these connectors any good? http://www.ebay.com/itm/CANARE-RCAP-...-/251184752186
    At the end of the day the signal still passes thru copper at some point.

    Thanks Dave
    Hello Dave and welcome to Club Polk. I wanted to say that the Aural Thrills teflon RCA plugs use absolutely no metals (brass, copper, etc.) at all except the center pin and ground which is made from 99.999% pure copper OR 99.999% pure silver. This is why these are such high quality with such good sound. With the exception of the Eichmann Silver bullets, all other RCA plugs use brass as for the housing and perhaps a silver or copper solid (or plated) center pin.

    The Canare RCA plugs you listed are nowhere near as good as the Aural Thrills, Eichmann, or WBT RCA plugs. I would recommend any of those. Of course it does depend on what quality of sound you are looking to hear as well as the quality of wire you are using.
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    Mouser has a selection too, just saying.
    http://www.mouser.com/Connectors/Aud...ors/_/N-778cx/

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    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    With the exception of the Eichmann Silver bullets, all other RCA plugs use brass as for the housing and perhaps a silver or copper solid (or plated) center pin.
    This is why I really like the Luminous Audio RCA plugs. Tim took a different route with them and made the metal out of a lower conductivity brass mix. However, a thick layer of pure silver goes over the top of the body and pin, so the conductivity difference between the two metals means that most of the signal is transferred through the silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjarhead1964 View Post
    Ok I have a question? Are these connectors any good? http://www.ebay.com/itm/CANARE-RCAP-...-/251184752186
    At the end of the day the signal still passes thru copper at some point.

    Thanks Dave
    Yes Dave they are very good and I have bought from that guy before. Cooljazz is right you do need the right crimper tool and it well cost 100.00 from Canare or 60$ from Markertek it is very necessary

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    Thanks everyone for the responses.

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