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#22940 - 12/20/02 01:06 PM Outlaw Cable Selection
MeanGene Offline
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I would buy the Outlaw optical cables, but it is too long. 6 feet only?? What about people that have there DVD player right next to their 950? I think a .5 meter length optical cable is in order here. Size is part of the quality equation when you are building a system and you want to do it right. Having extra cable draped all over will look a mess and is unnecessary.

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#22941 - 12/20/02 01:24 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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Gene:

You can always move your DVD player 5 feet farther away

In my situation, I make my own cables, using RG-59 coax and Canare RCA plugs. This works extremely well for carrying audio, as well as digital signals.

I'm not aware of any optical cables that short. I have a 3 foot optical cable going from my DVD player to the 950, and I just coil it and cable tie it (carefully, with no sharp bends!).

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#22942 - 12/20/02 01:48 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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The shortest optical cable I've seen was 3 feet long. A 0.5-meter could be handy in some cases. The 1.8-meter is pretty long, but for me it seems to disappear among the other junk back there...

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#22943 - 12/20/02 03:35 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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Same here. Zip tie very loose large coil to keep it neat. I do like the cable and the extra length is not a problem for me. But alternative lengths are always a nice option.

I have no spaghetti displayed since we moved from the open rack to the new AV stand.

I had a strange reaction to my Satellite Service Tech. upgrading a dish this week....he was back there plugging and unplugging interconnects etc. when he could not lock to signal. (turned out he had tuned the main LNB to the wrong satellite). I could not see what all he was up to and it really bought out all my protective instincts, I did not like him messing with the cables AT ALL. Now I feel a nagging urge to get back behind it this weekend and see if anything was left routed differently. I thought it was funny I would feel so.

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#22944 - 12/20/02 06:29 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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Below is my equipment cabinet, shown at the web link. I cannot get this link to appear in my signature for some reason, but that's another problem. All cables are neatly tucked away, but I just think having miles of cables crammed into the back is a bit tacky. The Outlaw cables that are there now are neatly routed into tubes like the ones used on cars and high voltage cords are routed down the opposite side of the cabinet (made by Sony). I am trying to keep it neat back there for reasons of easy access, ability for air to move within the cabinet and general tidiness. I sent a similar sounding email to Outlaw and they are considering it.

I have also asked them to consider including with their Componet cables some way of identifing Y, Pb, Pr. some colored shrink tube or something. Also asked them to include a clip of some type to keep the three together.

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#22945 - 12/20/02 10:35 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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MeanGene, I noticed you have a Panamax 5300...

How do you like it? Im buying 1 when I get the 950/770 combo and would like to hear from someone if its worth the $$...Thanks!

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#22946 - 12/20/02 11:36 PM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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Originally posted by SpOoNmAn:
MeanGene, I noticed you have a Panamax 5300...How do you like it?


I like the Panamax. We have gone through a couple of brown-outs and it did it's job. If I were to do it again I would want something that had more outlets. Also, the light on the voltage meter, I wish that it would turn off and on with the unit. It is either off all the time or on all the time.
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#22947 - 12/21/02 01:21 AM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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Thanks for the quick reply..

I guess I'll have to get used to the light
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#22948 - 12/21/02 01:47 AM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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It is either off all the time or on all the time.

True it's on/off all the time, but you can also dim it. My husband likes it on at full bright, because it looks ,....gaget-ie (I guess) I get tired of the electronic light pollution around the house. Too much blue/green/red/orange glowing everywhere and turn it down or off.

I have the panamax 3500 also. It seems to do its job. I recomend it. Once reason I bought it was too much invested in new pieces and the regularity of storms here and power (not just brownouts) but just the grid in the neighborhood bouncing on/off line. Had a week recently where I lost power from 2 to 20 min. 2-3 times a day for 3 days in calm weather.

One thing that attracted me to this unit was its all-in-one since I was in a hurry. Some solutions offered do not include antenna in. You have two on the 5300. If you run all 3 (cable,OTA,satelite) you'd be short one. I run OTA and satelite only. (A big backdoor you leave open if you don't protect your coaxial lines also).

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#22949 - 12/21/02 11:19 AM Re: Outlaw Cable Selection
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You're right about the light, it is adjustable.

Here is a price on the Panamax, I have never used this retailer so I can't say if they are reputable. Panamax 5300

I just ordered two Toslink cables from Abuys, 1.0 meter. I was hoping for all Outlaw cables in the back, but 1.8 meter optical is a little too long for me. I was even trying to find a .5 meter but wasn't able to get the search engine there.

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