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    Default Holy grail for $19.95?

    You bet your ass.

    With my recent testing of digital coaxials, I decided to test drive the Belden 1694A sold by Blue Jeans. It's terminated with Canare BNC to RCA, 3ft. I noticed that Benchmark Media was also selling this cable for the DAC1 and figured, shoot, $19 bucks? I'll give it a go. Belden 1694A has some incredible specifications, and is considered the 75ohm standard.

    As respectable a performance as the Signal Cable coax presented (my current favorite), this Belden beat it in my system. It's meticulous without being etched, extremely neutral, and an outstanding soundstage.

    Unbelievable. I recommend you test drive one, for 19 bones you've got nothing to lose.
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    I believe that is the cable Blue Jeans uses. SC's has a higher nom. cap. I actually preferred the SC over the BJ.

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    Steve, Right now I've got my gaming pc hooked up to my avr via an A.R. toslink cable,
    would you recommend a DAC to go between? Keep in mind it's not a highend avr, but...
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    Bah, the 1694 isn't available with 1/8" termination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    Steve, Right now I've got my gaming pc hooked up to my avr via an A.R. toslink cable,
    would you recommend a DAC to go between? Keep in mind it's not a highend avr, but...
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    AVR DAC's or external DAC aside, you're better off running digital coax if possible.
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    :( Toslink only on the Mobo, or 8 x 1/8th analog outs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuSsMaN View Post
    I believe that is the cable Blue Jeans uses. SC's has a higher nom. cap. I actually preferred the SC over the BJ.

    Cool Steve.
    Yes, Blue Jeans cable. It's built by Belden for BJ's, and a number of other cable companies (Benchmark included)

    It was close, but the resolution of the Belden is just intoxicating. These 2 "budget" cables are so impressive, it will just come down to your system. I'd use the SC in an edgier system, the belden in a softer system.
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    why do you prefer digital coax over toslink?

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    Toslink is a little "too" neutral for me, coaxial adds a little flavor. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamRagland View Post
    why do you prefer digital coax over toslink?
    I found toslink bland or flat sounding compared to coax.
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    The 1694A is a cable that can also be had real cheap in bulk if you want to make your own. It sells for $0.45 a foot at my local shop. Throw in $3 connectors and you have a great 75 ohm 1m IC for $7.50.

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    Wow, I bought one of these ~5 years ago to go between my JVC dvd player and Yamaha rcvr, back when I had JBLs. Never new it was the holy grail or anything.

    Oh well, still can't hear a difference between that and the other coaxs I have tried, so congrats on finding your grail for only $20. Now if you haven't already go try some Belden 89259.

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    I've been using a BJC 65 footer (yes, 65) from my PC's coax to my DAC in the basement. No problems at all with this length, although I can't say that I've been able to hear differences in digital cables.

    I also use three 30 foot runs of this for component video to my projector.

    For digital coax, video, and HDMI, I've never felt a reason to go beyond BJC.
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    Holy Grail ??? I dunno Steve,I think you have too much time on your hands lately bud.
    At my age,the Holy Grail is new soft cotton socks and clean underwear.

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    My wife has standing orders that if I am seen wearing elastic band pants or velcro attached tennis shoes--she is to remove the AR from the closet and shoot me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamRagland View Post
    why do you prefer digital coax over toslink?
    Optical is digital to optical, optical to digital. Coax is straight digital. Two less conversions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    Optical is digital to optical, optical to digital. Coax is straight digital. Two less conversions.
    Not true. Coax still requires the digital output to be converted to an electrical signal for transmission, then converted back on the receiving end for decoding.

    The main difference between the two is resistance, and EMI/RFI. Light is not effected by EMI/RFI, electricity is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuz View Post
    Not true. Coax still requires the digital output to be converted to an electrical signal for transmission, then converted back on the receiving end for decoding.

    The main difference between the two is resistance, and EMI/RFI. Light is not effected by EMI/RFI, electricity is.
    What do you think the digital signal is You realy should try Coax;)
    I too figured optical would be better, but for SNG I tried Coax. Much better in my system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    What do you think the digital signal is You realy should try Coax;)
    I too figured optical would be better, but for SNG I tried Coax. Much better in my system.
    I have coax and optical! :) I'm not saying optical is better than coax or vice-a-versa. I'm just saying the signal has to be prepared for transmission by their respective medums either way.

    Digital is just that, digital. It's binary. On or off. Whether it's voltage or light that is being turned on or off isn't really relevant unless you get into really long runs or high emi/rfi environments. It's just a medium for the transmission of 0s and 1s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuz View Post
    Digital is just that, digital. It's binary. On or off. Whether it's voltage or light that is being turned on or off isn't really relevant unless you get into really long runs or high emi/rfi environments. It's just a medium for the transmission of 0s and 1s.
    From the DAC kits I have been studying the coax is straight from the chip, and the optical is taking the coax, and converted to optical.
    I wouldn't mind being corrected if I am wrong;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    From the DAC kits I have been studying the coax is straight from the chip, and the optical is taking the coax, and converted to optical.
    I wouldn't mind being corrected if I am wrong;)
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    From what chip specifically? And are you saying that this chip is the final point that the information goes through prior to being transmitted across the coax connection? The chip actually generates the electrical signal that goes from the source to the destination?

    DAC kits? I'm talking about the transmitting side, not the receiving side. Although like dorokusai, I'm sure it does go both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuz View Post
    A: )The chip actually generates the electrical signal that goes from the source to the destination?

    B: )Although like dorokusai, I'm sure it does go both ways.

    A: ) yes
    B: ) sometimes I wonder:D
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    A: ) I thought power supplies generate the electrical part. The chip just tells it whether it's ON or OFF. Like the chip that tells the light whether it's ON or OFF.
    B: ) I didn't think there was any question! ;)
    C: ) You're WRONG WRONG WRONG! heheh

    Sorry to crap on the thread. I <3 all digital coax.

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    The chip is the actual part responsible for transmitting the 1s, and 0's. Most data transferred via Coax is just .5v signals.
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    I have coax and optical from my PC to my pre/pro. While playing reference material, I've switched back and forth between the two and have heard the difference. I've done it for others without telling them what I was doing, they agreed that the coax sounded better.
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    I have found Toslink to be very neutral, that's not necessarily a negative.

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    Wow what happened, the poll threads went off with out a hitch, what happened here?

    For those who care and like reading I am attaching some info from Jon Risch here. It covers various wire types, sheilding, dielectrics, etc along with specific recommendations on interconnects. It was very influential to me when I got into this hobby 5+ years ago, just as it is today.

    For the record on pg2 he recommends Belden 1695A as his top coax pick, it is the same as Steve's "holy grail" except with a teflon dielectric. He also recommends Belden 89259 as his top interconnect pick, the cable used in Signal Analog IIs. Lots of good info on the site, I especially like the power cord section.

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    I considered the 1695A as well, but 1694A had a much longer history/success record. I'm extremely satisfied with this cable.

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    Where is a good source to buy Belden by the foot?
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    http://www.westlake-electronic.com/

    They have belden and Canare RCA's cheap.

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