View Full Version : Giving in to surround sound...

09-14-2006, 09:17 PM
As you know I built line arrays last time when I decided I needed new speakers for my room, and of course they turned out to be way too extreme for my room, in size and volume, so I moved them and the equipment to go with them into the living room.

So that left me with my Sony surround sound reciever in my room, along with 2 generic speakers that came with a shelve system I had when I was a kid. Its acceptable, but I realised my room is where i listen the most, so i decided to go ahead and upgrade.

Im going to stick with my sony reciever for now, but i found a good deal on this Acoustic research surround sound set, so i picked it up:

Anyway, i mostly listen to music, watch movies, and game on my computer, so i will want to hook it up right. I have a high quality sound card and it has outputs for up to 7.1, but i wil only be using it for 5.1, so i will be using the Front, Rear, and Center/sub jacks, so i will need:

(3) 3.4mm stereo jack-->2 RCA plug cables, about 6 feet.

Should i get high quality ones or would these be fine:
http://cgi.ebay.com/6FT-3-5MM-STEREO-PLUG-to-2-RCA-MALE-Y-CABLE-ADAPTER_W0QQitemZ180026613843QQihZ008QQcategoryZ32 838QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/6ft-GOLD-3-5mm-to-2-RCA-Y-Plugs-Cable-Adapter-iPod-MP3_W0QQitemZ9715256135QQihZ008QQcategoryZ14966QQr dZ1QQcmdZViewItem

09-15-2006, 04:42 AM
I would just get 2 3.5" to rca adapters then run a regular rca cable the 6 feet.

It is only a few bucks, but there will be more use for 2 6' rca cables in the future than 2 6' 3.5" to rca cables

The adapters are $1.20 each at monoprice and then you could use whatever rca cable you want


Maybe the 6' premium cable for better sheilding for $3.03 each


09-15-2006, 05:30 AM
i guess i went to the school of "every connection degrades signal quality" so i was trying to avoid that, but ill consider it.

09-20-2006, 07:29 PM
nobody seems to care about this thread but i went to wallmart and was just gonna buy their cheap y-cables, then i dropped by the ipod section and saw that they had "Belkin" ones for a few cents less, and they are gold and pretty nice, 7footers, so i picked those up, cheaper than ebay! only 4.86 apeice

09-20-2006, 07:32 PM

09-21-2006, 03:09 PM
So do you have it hooked up? Does it work? It is true that the more connections you have the more signal loss you have however it really only makes a noticable difference if you are running high end home audio, pro audio snakes 150', or RF connections where de-sense can be a big problem.