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BigNiner19
03-23-2012, 07:48 AM
Im sure its been asked before, but what kind of RCA cable is smart to use for hooking up the head unit to an amp on a boat? Im sure standard RCA cables wouldnt take well to the salt air and any moisture inside the console.

Does best buy or radio shack carry outdoor rca cables or specific marine environment ones?

Do I need one cable for each channel? Im running 4 speakers on a 4 channel amp.


wingless
03-23-2012, 12:35 PM
The products and cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218) are top quality and have the best prices.

The typical configuration is a R/L pair cable set.

A parallel speaker wiring is often okay, but check the specs on the system.

mercbravo1
03-23-2012, 03:58 PM
I haven't seen any specifically for outdoor use, but go with something gold plated with good insulation. Good speaker wire and good RCA cables make a difference.


wingless
03-23-2012, 04:47 PM
The products and cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218) are top quality and have the best prices.

The typical configuration is a R/L pair cable set.

A parallel speaker wiring is often okay, but check the specs on the system.Also, all stereo equipment will require to be protected from moisture, so the location might need work to keep the equipment dry.

Glen E
03-23-2012, 05:03 PM
I have never had any corrosion problems with monster type cables and dielectric grease on the connections in any install I have seen done.

Gary999
03-24-2012, 10:03 AM
I have never had any corrosion problems with monster type cables and dielectric grease on the connections in any install I have seen done.

What he said. The grease is the key. Oxygen can't get through it to cause oxidation.

Gmack
03-24-2012, 02:38 PM
Some amps have speaker level inputs. This allows you to run speaker wire from your head unit instead of RCA cables. In my case I chose to use this option because my head unit is in my t-top electronic box and my amp is down in the console. I didn't have room to run 4 channel RCA cables inside the t-top leg. I bought some 8/20 instrument signal cable from genuinedealz ( http://shop.genuinedealz.com/Items/91195025?&caSKU=91195025&caTitle=Marine%20Shielded%20Signal%20Cable%20Wire% 2020/8%20AWG%20-%2025%20ft ) to run instead. Another bonus for me is when using the speaker level inputs with my amp turns itself on when it senses a signal from the speaker level inputs so I didn't have to run a turn on lead.

If you need marine RCA cables looks like JL Audio makes them http://www.jlaudio.com/marine-audio-audio-interconnects



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