7 Best coaxial Cables for HDTV Review

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1Mediabridge Coaxial Cable 600 x 0.2 x 0.2 inches 1.8 pounds1 Check
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2Channel Master 9 Foot RG6 400 x 1 x 4 inches1.6 pounds
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3Monster THXI100-DCX4NF THX 48 x 1.0 x 1 inches0.6 pounds
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4KabelDirekt Digital Coaxial 10.1 x 9.2 x 3.7 inches2.66 pounds
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5AmazonBasics Digital Audio 48 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches0.4 pounds
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6FosPower (3 Feet) Digital Audio 7.4 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches0.2 pounds
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7Mediabridge ULTRA Series 96 x 0.2 x 0.2 inches0.5 pounds
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Mediabridge Coaxial Cable
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Channel Master 9 Foot RG6
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Monster THXI100-DCX4NF THX
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0.6 pounds
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KabelDirekt Digital Coaxial
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2.66 pounds
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AmazonBasics Digital Audio
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0.4 pounds
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FosPower (3 Feet) Digital Audio
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Mediabridge ULTRA Series
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Before actually checking each of the cables individually, let me explain how I was choosing the items for this list.

The Criteria

Here is what I was aiming for:

  • A coaxial cable

As this is the list of the coaxial cables, I was obviously only looking through the coaxial ones.

  • Value

The cables of different price categories are presented in the top, but I made sure, that each of them is worth paying the price.

  • Compatibility

I made sure that all the cables are compatible to popular audio and video devices to avoid any problems with that.

  • Durability

I was looking for cables, which could serve for at least a year. All of the cables either have a warranty or lots of positive reviews, proving, that the cable will be working fine for a certain period of time.

The Process

Here is what I was doing:

  • Checking the online shops

I`ve checked multiple online shops, and looked through hundreds of goods, trying to find out which one are worth purchasing. I was reading the reviews and contacting the owners, to get the full experience of cable use.

  • Testing the cables

As the cables do not cost much money, I managed to successfully purchase every model and test it. I wrote down all the test results and feelings to later use them in the “quality characteristics” paragraph.

  • Contacting my friends

Everybody is using cables, so I contacted several friends and gave them the cables in order to test them in continuous period of time.

Well, so this is how these models were chosen. Let us now take a look at each one individually.

Mediabridge Coaxial Cable

Mediabridge is an American company, that manufactures different types of equipment.

Features

This exact cable has several advantages:

There are two layers of aluminum foil and a thin aluminum cover to keep the wire both compact enough and durable. It is perfectly protected form electro-magnetic interference as well as mechanical damage, which makes it possible to place the cable inside walls.

Tip:The cable can be used for connecting pretty much any type of existing equipment. It is good for antennas, receivers, satellites, etc.

It has the protection from small insects, sunrays and wet, so there is nothing to stop an owner from placing this cable outdoors. Except it is not supposed to be buried directly.

Tip:However some people report the following issue:

It is said to be not flexible enough. Owners emphasize that it is sometimes impossible to fit it in the narrow holes.

Quality Characteristics

Overall, this cable is really great. It supports various sorts of connection, various devices, it is reliably protected from 95 per cent of external influence and is suitable for placing almost everywhere. There might be a little problem with flexibility, but you are most likely to be satisfied with this product.

Short conclusion

The cable is suitable for connecting anything to anything. If you are looking for a reliable thing, that will be working for a long period of time, Mediabridge Coaxial Cable Cl2 RG6 is your bet for sure.

Pros
It is well protected
Supports various devices
Can be used outdoors
Cons
The cable is to stiff

 

Channel Master 9 Foot RG6

The company making this item is a small international manufacturer, that produces different cables and wires.

Features

Let us start with the advantages:

Connectors are the things on the end of the cable, which connect a cable to another cable or piece of equipment. They are usually the most vulnerable spot on the cable. RG6 is protected nicely from rain, wind and other potential threats.

Tip:The cable is covered in aluminum, not as reliable as a previous one, but good enough to protect from sunrays. This advantage paired with durable connectors makes this cable a nice option for outdoor use.

Finally, not a unique advantage, but a really important feature as I made sure during the research. The thing is white cables are the best ones to be placed indoors, as white is the most neutral color, which will never distract or annoy anyone.

Tip:The following problem was reported:

I`ve met a person, who claimed, that the cable wasn`t transferring internet as well as expected. However, I was not able to witness it in person, so this may be a made-up problem.

Quality Characteristics

This a simple well-made cable. It meets all the requirements a person needs in everyday life. There are no outstanding advantages as well as no critical disadvantages. The cable that does its` job.

Short conclusion

If you don`t think, that cable is the thing that should be picked thoroughly, than there is nothing to stop you from buying it. However, if you are looking for a perfect shining brand new connecting device, there are still several options for you to check out.

Pros
Weatherproof connectors
Aluminum cover
Nice white color
Cons
Transition problem

Monster THXI100-DCX4NF THX

Monster is an American cable-specialized company, known for using unusual materials in its` production.

Features

There are several highly positive sides:

Gold contacts are said to be the best for strengthening the signal transfer and resisting the corrosion. As a person owning a Monster Cable, I can say that information has been experimentally proved, as the signal is always nice indeed. No corrosion had been spotted as well.

Tip:There are two layers of protective materials, developed by Monster`s engineers, which reduce the impact of EMI and RFI, making it equal to almost zero. The shielding also protects the cable from the external factors, making it durable enough for outdoors placement.

Sometimes I struggle with connecting the wires with equipment, even when everything is installed correctly. They all seem alike to me. Monster has found a clever decision. All the cables are colored in different tones, so that there aren`t any identical cables.

Tip:There is only one serious downside:

There are only a 4 and 8 feet versions available. Both are working great, but as long as you need to connect two things, which are farther than 8 feet from one another, you need another cable.

Quality Characteristics

The professionals say, that the best cable is the cable that you forget about, once you`ve installed it. Monster THX is exactly such a cable. It provides a strong transfer signal and never gets damaged, until you damage it yourself.

Short conclusion

If you are looking for a cable to connect things indoors, this is where you stop. I believe, that everything indoors can be connected with an 8-feet long cable. However, if your apartment is big or you need an outdoors connection, you`ll need another model

Maria, 40, Housewife

  • Yeah, this cable is OK. I`ve been using it for three month now. Nothing to complain about. It actually feels, like the quality of the image on the screen has slightly grown, when I compare it to the quality my previous cable provided. I loved how these cables are all colorful. I even managed to connect everything correctly after the first attempt. Felt fantastic. I also like how modern they look. Really nice in my future-styled apartment.
Pros
Golden details
Double-shielding
Simplicity
Cons
Lack of assortment

KabelDirekt Digital Coaxial

KabelDirekt is a European company. It manufactures cables and small stuff.

Features

Well, European school of cable making differs a little from an American:

Oxygen free copper is cheaper in manufacturing than gold, and has equally good characteristics of durability and signal transferring. The whole insides of the cable are covered in this copper, which makes the cable extremely reliable.

Tip:The connectors are still covered in gold, as it is considered to be the best material for the vulnerable part. These connectors are equal to the Monster`s connector. They are as good and durable.

There is a single outer layer of thick aluminum, which protects the cable from external threats. It is thick enough to provide decent protection, but also thin enough to let the cable still be flexible.

Tip:However, not every retailer is honest:

The thing is that gold plated connectors are valuable, so some small retailers cut them off and replace with some junk. So, be really careful while purchasing these cables in online stores.

Quality Characteristics

KabelDirekt is a solid company, making solid cables. They are available in different lengths, so basically they are good for connecting anything to anything. As long as you are sure that the person you are buying from is a good honest seller, you`ll never have issues.

Short conclusion

If you know a guy, who is selling cables, who, you are sure, won`t scam you, go and buy these cables from him. You can order them online as well, as the percentage of scam-sellers is really low.

Pros
Oxygen free copper
Gold plated connectors
Aluminum cover
Cons
There are fake KabelDirekt cables

AmazonBasics Digital Audio

Amazon is not only a large online shop, but a manufacturer as well. There is a lot of hype around Amazon`s production.

Features

The first thing you notice when looking at Amazon cables is how good and brand new they look like. Designers are not the only guys who know, how to do their job in Amazon, engineers are great as well:

Tip:Some energy is being lost during all the transferring processes. The older the cable is the bigger the loss is as well. As Amazon`s cables are as fresh as you can imagine, they have the most modern construction, which prevents energy losses, cutting them down to almost zero level.

The manufacturer is sure, that the production is durable. It has all the external and internal protection, thin covering layers, etc. So, if something breaks without your fault Amazon will replace it for free.

AmazonBasics digital RCA cable can be used with any musical or cinematographic item. It just fits in all of them.

Tip:Good quality comes at a price:

It costs almost twice as much as a usual cable does. Well, it is not brand that you pay for, but the quality and the materials. Still seems like this price is a bit too high for a usual cable.

Quality Characteristics

AmazonBasics is a cable of high quality. It will be working properly for a long period of time. As a tiny bonus, although it`s not white, it looks absolutely amazing, so it will fit as a part of modern apartment interior.

Short conclusion

If the price doesn`t scare you, nothing really should. The quality of this cable, as well as its` compatibility are absolutely amazing. There are lots of decent cheaper cables though, so feel free to choose among them.

Den, 17, teenager

  • The AmazonBasics looks great! I am using two or three of these cables in my apartment and have like another three hanging around, as I just like them. It is also great to play with them. I tried to tear one, but I failed to do it with my hands, so I had to use scissors. When one of the other cables in my parents` room broke I gave them one of my “toys”. It did work properly, so it can basically survive any torture I think.
Pros
Energy-loss protection
Warranty
Compatible with any RCA devices
Cons
The price

FosPower (3 Feet) Digital Audio

FosPower is another American narrow-specialized manufacturer.

Features

The design of these cables is superb. It looks as good as AmazonBasics Digital Audio Cable. Other characteristics are nice as well:

Tip:Copper and aluminum are layered upon one another in this cable, creating a super durable and reliable protection from any external things. The shield also reduces all the external noise and radiation, so data, being transferred, is all safe and well-protected.

Molding makes the material more durable and flexible. Although connectors are supposed to be stiff, these ones aren`t. It is not a downside, as they are still well-protected. Folding connectors are convenient, as they can be used to connect devices in places with low accessibility.

Impedance increases the frequency bandwidth. It is just another nice feature for a connector.

Tip:However, multiple people report durability issues:

I`ve found multiple reviews, that the cable stopped working all of a sudden. I would have ignored such a review, if it was a single one, but as there are multiple, I believe, that there are indeed some problems with internal materials.

Quality Characteristics

I only know one guy who uses these cables. He has been using them for over two years and had zero problems. Probably, he got lucky to buy a better cable, than the dudes from the internet. Probably, those guys did something wrong. All I can say from my personal experience is that these cables are working fine.

Short conclusion

The cable should be decent, but it requires gentle handling. If you are not feeling lucky, or looking for a cable that will be with you 24/7 providing perfect quality, there are other, more suitable options on the market.

John, 28, Engineer

  • I`ve always been extremely careful with all the technical equipment. I don`t remember a single case, when something broke in my hands. Neither did this cable. I expected it to work bad after all those negative reviews. Turned out to be pretty good though. I especially liked the part, where I managed to slightly bend the connector in the narrow place behind my TV-set.

I can`t name a single reason to buy any other cable, as well as I can not say exactly, why this one should be prioritized.

Pros
Double protection
Fully molded connectors
High impedance
Cons
Durability

Mediabridge ULTRA Series

We are finishing the top with another product from MediaBridge. Another decent one.

Features

When I have first heard the name of the series, I thought it was something like Mediabridge`s luxury series. It indeed turned out to be so.

Tip:It has all the build advantages, which I`ve already named above. The copper conductors, the double protection, the aluminum cover, the dual cover, and so on. Engineers did their best to put all the best qualities together in on cable.

The cable comes with a re-usable strap. Not something you absolutely need, but feels good, when you find some extra stuff while unpacking the cables.

These cables are compatible with everything, that has an RCA output. They are suitable for satellites, televisions, home cinemas, anything that something to do with energy or data transferring.

Tip:But, exactly as in case with AmazonBasics:

Well, nothing new here. The premium quality goods usually cost more than regular goods. Considering all the materials, it is worth every penny. So, no overpaying, just the high price.

Quality Characteristics

The cable is working good with both audio and video systems. I haven`t seen any negative review about its` durability or quality. Owners of this cable praise it, so I believe, this model is a really great one.

Short conclusion

It really depends on whether you need a luxury cable in your life, or whether you are OK with a simple cable. There is not that much difference for a simple person. The cable is worth its` money, but if you are willing to save some money, there is nothing wrong in choosing a cheaper option.

Pros
Great build quality
Nice set bonuses
Nice compatibility
Cons
The price

Big conclusion

Well, we`ve looked through all the great cables, I`ve chosen. They are all great, so even if you pick one with closed eyes, you`ll choose a nice one. However, if you are picky person, here are several general recommendations on choosing a cable:

  • Gold-plated and copper parts should be included
  • The thing is, that gold and copper are indeed the best materials for transferring the data plus they are not influenced by corrosion. So, look for the cables with parts made of these materials.

    • Always check the available lengths

    I`ve personally experienced a situation, when a cable is well-made, comes from a great manufacturer, but simply isn`t long enough. So, before ordering a cable, measure the distance between two things you need to connect and check, whether a cable of suitable length is available.

    • If you are ordering online, look for the ones with the most reviews

    It is important, that cable has many reviews. If there are only four reviews, which are all positive, there is a chance, that seller simply deletes negative comments. So, there should be at least 50 comments, and at least 75 per cent of them have to be 4 and 5 stars reviews.

    Well, this was it for this article. Thank you for reading and good luck with buying a cable!

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