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50-Ft. Audio Cable

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CL2 UL Approved

 | Catalog #: 278-513
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Product Summary

Get creative.

This 50-Ft. Audio Cable allows you to create your own custom audio cables. Approved for in-wall use.

  • For microphone & audio hookups
  • Two 24-gauge, stranded conductors plus shield
  • UL approved
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  • 50-ft. shielded cable
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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RadioShack50-Ft. Audio Cable
 
2.8

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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    (2)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Hard to use (5)

Best Uses

  • Inside (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (5)

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1.0

Processed Wire Respooled

By Old EE

from Sandy, Utah

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Safe

Cons

  • Hard to Use

Best Uses

  • Inside

Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

This appears to be old stock from China. The outer jacket polymer has lost its elastic properties and taken a permanent set at the spool diameter. Even counter flexing with air gun heat will not prevent the coil memory from returning. It is very difficult to work with.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Grapples with solder

By raqcoon

from san francisco, ca

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Availability

Cons

  • Difficult to Install
  • Solder-challenged

Best Uses

  • Guitar amps

Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

It's true that the casing (ground) doesn't readily adhere to solder. Eventually it will after some serious heating. Meanwhile, PVC could experience a meltdown, especially with the infamous stiff-and-hard-to-work-with Realistic audio cable (#278-513). Grounding wire helps, as does a gob of rosin core 60/40 solder.

Thus, I wouldn't use this plug for mission critical purposes. I'd take backup cables just in case. Nevertheless, when it does work, the plug is low profile vis-a-vis factory molded ones, essential for tight spaces.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of RadShack for a DIYer is the immediate availability of parts at a neighborhood franchise, albeit with some compromises. The click-and-wait alternative of online ordering, perhaps for a more durable product, is so horrendous, by the time parts arrive I found other solutions, shelved the project, or forgot what I was doing. Spontaneity is the Shack's most favored asset. Hence, I recommend this product with the stipulation that it beats waiting a month for UPS Ground.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

As good as I thought it should be

By Kato

from Burlington VT

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

        I'm writing this because of the other negative reviews. I was reluctant to buy this because of them. I bought it at a retail store. It seems perfectly fine to me. Sure it holds the curl a bit but I could straighten it enough by hand, no need to heat. I didn't have any trouble stripping the conductors. The braid required several cuts with diagonal cutting pliers. The foil peeled off easy enough. The cable is feels soft and flexible enough - I thought from the other reviews that it would be really stiff. It basically feels like ethernet/network cable. I don't do miles of audio runs or anything. I'm using it for a CNC machining project and it solved my noise problems.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I love this stuff!

        By Dave

        from Connecticut

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Safe

        Cons

        • Hard to Use

        Best Uses

        • Inside

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

        I've done dozens of short notice CCTV installs in businesses with this. Shoot +12vdc up 1 wire get video back on the other. Use the braid for both returns. It does require "de-curling"; wrap it tightly around a 5 gallon paint jug and heat it with a hair dryer until soft then pull it straight as you unwrap it.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Don't like it

        By arms

        from MI

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • Hard to Use

        Best Uses

        • Inside
        • Small Jobs

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

        This cord seems to be quieter than the RCA cord I replaced it with. It is so difficult to use. Took me like 3 or 4 months before I finally got it to work because it was so frustrating. The conductors are very fragile and was getting on my nerve.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I agree: It's OK.

        By David

        from Waxhaw, NC

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • Hard to Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

          The shielding is very good. When used properly, I would expect this cable would provide excellent protection from spurious noise and hum.

          The cable is a bit stiff and it is difficult to remove the curl induced by the spool. It will not lay flat when installed unless you take time to manually remove the curl.

          The temperature rating of the insulation is poor and it will quickly melt when soldering. I would caution those not good at soldering from using this cable.

          In summary, the electrical properties are good; the physical properties are poor. Consequently, it is also a bit pricey.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          IT'S OK

          By K4GLM

          from Nawth Flawida

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

              Inside find two conductors, stiff stuff. A foil sheild that unrolls FROM THE INNER END OF THE ROLL, a woven braid. Shove the braid back, pick and stretch a hole in it and fold the inner wires into "U", pull out then unwrap or cut off foil.
              This is easy to do with steady hands, sharp X-acto knife, I am much better with magnifier. Some may have eagle eyes, my vision needs magifier. Use a good iron to solder to shiny clean surfaces.
              Prepare things right, and don't hurry, no sweat!

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not a good product

              By BigDumbDinosaur

              from Chicago

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult to prepare
                • Hard to Use
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Audio Cable:

                  It's apparent Radio Shack changed suppliers, as this product is significantly inferior to its predecessor.

                  The previous version of this product had a spiral wrapped shield that was easy to unwrap to expose the conductors. The conductors themselves were relatively easy to strip and prepare.

                  This new cable has a braided shield that is difficult to unbraid to expose the conductors. Adding to the difficulty is the foil inner shield, which must be laboriously unwrapped as well. The worst feature, however, is that stripping the inner conductors is nearly impossible, as they will simply slide out of the cable. The result is that a lot of tedious work is required to prepare a cable.

                  I returned this to the store and got a refund. I won't buy this product again.

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