Running Shielded RCA cables

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by NewMedia, May 17, 2006.

  1. NewMedia

    NewMedia Active Member

    May 14, 2006
    Just wondering what the rule of thumb is for a safe distance to run RCA cables between my equipment?

    In the end I suppose all that matters is if you can hear any hum or ground loop stuff audibly, right?

    I have to hook up cables (RCA) between my deck, my computers, and my mixer. Each run will be anywhere from about six feet to as much as about twelve feet.

    Obviously one would want to not run these cables near any potential power wires, transformers, other equipment, etc. that might be causing cross-over static, hum, distortion.

    Are there any other words of wisdom I should know about?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Use good quality braid-shielded coax cable and you should be OK with those distances. It would be a good idea to power all the peices of gear off the same mains outlet to minimise the area enclosed by the ground loop.
  3. NewMedia

    NewMedia Active Member

    May 14, 2006
    Ah, yes, thanks for reminding me, almost forgot.
    Gound Loops!
    I'll plug all the units into one source for power.
    Thank you!

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