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Which cables do I need for the Modi + Magni?

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I'd be plugging the Modi into my computer, the Magni into the Modi, and my headphones (Sennheiser HD 598s) into the Magni.

 

The answer seems to be a USB A male to B male cable from the computer to the Modi and a pair of RCA cables from the Modi to the Magni. Is this right?

 

If it is, I was planning on buying this USB cable from Monoprice:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030301&p_id=5438&seq=1&format=2

 

I'm not sure what kind of RCA cable I should be buying, though. Would this work?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2869&seq=1&format=2

 

Also, if I wanted to connect the Magni and Modi to my PS3 or Xbox 360 S, would I need a Toslink cable?


Edited by pepperjinks - 1/7/14 at 4:00pm
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Originally Posted by pepperjinks View Post
 

I'd be plugging the Modi into my computer, the Magni into the Modi, and my headphones (Sennheiser HD 598s) into the Magni.

 

The answer seems to be a USB A male to B male cable from the computer to the Modi and a pair of RCA cables from the Modi to the Magni. Is this right?

 

If it is, I was planning on buying this USB cable from Monoprice:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2869&seq=1&format=2

 

I'm not sure what kind of RCA cable I should be buying, though. Would this work?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=2869&seq=1&format=2

 

Also, if I wanted to connect the Magni and Modi to my PS3 or Xbox 360 S, would I need a Toslink cable?

Both links show the RCA cable.

You can't link the Modi to the PS3 or Xbox.

post #3 of 8

Stay away from the Monoprice "premium" cables, especially for short lengths. The biggest reason is that they are stiff as hell, and when going from a Modi to a Magni you might not actually be able to make it. Their connectors are also extremely tight, I've broken at least one leaf on every single one of my connectors.

 

I recommend something like the Bluejeans cables, but any $5-10 cable from eBay would really work.

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Stay away from the Monoprice "premium" cables, especially for short lengths. The biggest reason is that they are stiff as hell, and when going from a Modi to a Magni you might not actually be able to make it. Their connectors are also extremely tight, I've broken at least one leaf on every single one of my connectors.

 

I recommend something like the Bluejeans cables, but any $5-10 cable from eBay would really work.

 

Okay. Thanks for the advice! Would two of these work instead? I'm trying to keep the cable cost relatively low.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021802&p_id=644&seq=1&format=2

Or do I actually need a "left and right" cable, like the Monoprice premiums I linked? Kinda confused.

 

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Both links show the RCA cable.

You can't link the Modi to the PS3 or Xbox.

 

Whoops. Sorry. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030301&p_id=5438&seq=1&format=2

 

Edit: Okay, I'm guessing this is what I'm looking for regarding the RCA cables?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021803&p_id=659&seq=1&format=2


Edited by pepperjinks - 1/7/14 at 4:05pm
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Okay. Thanks for the advice! Would two of these work instead? I'm trying to keep the cable cost relatively low.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021802&p_id=644&seq=1&format=2

Or do I actually need a "left and right" cable, like the Monoprice premiums I linked? Kinda confused.

 

 

Whoops. Sorry. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030301&p_id=5438&seq=1&format=2


That's a 3.5mm cable, you need RCA's!

 

They're a bit long, but they would work. Ideally you should find a 0.5ft interconnect like the Schiit PYST cable, but these will work fine.

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021803&p_id=659&seq=1&format=2

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That's a 3.5mm cable, you need RCA's!

 

They're a bit long, but they would work. Ideally you should find a 0.5ft interconnect like the Schiit PYST cable, but these will work fine.

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021803&p_id=659&seq=1&format=2


Oh! I'm glad I posted here before buying, haha.

 

So those would work. Is there going to be a sound difference between the PYST cable and the Monoprice cable, or is the advantage just that the PYST cable isn't six feet long?

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Oh! I'm glad I posted here before buying, haha.

 

So those would work. Is there going to be a sound difference between the PYST cable and the Monoprice cable, or is the advantage just that the PYST cable isn't six feet long?

 

Personally, no. I've yet to see a ABX test on RCA cables that tells me otherwise too.

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Personally, no. I've yet to see a ABX test on RCA cables that tells me otherwise too.

 

Okay. Thank you for your help!

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