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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Build Quality, With or Without Easy-Grip End Caps, February 23, 2013
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Review for "Mediabridge Coaxial Digital Audio Video Cable - (4 Feet) - Triple Shielded, F-Pin to F-Pin with Easy Grip Connector Caps"

BUILD QUALITY:
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For all three cables I bought, the build quality appears excellent:

(1) The pins were straight-on and centered.

(2) The connectors with and without the "Easy Grip Connector Caps" screwed onto the equipment solidly and easily.

(3) It is tri-shielded even though it is just short patch cable, very nice.

(4) I saw no negative A/V issues introduced upon installation.

(5) The cable is flexible but not suspiciously super flexible, feels about right for a quality tri-shielded cable.

THOSE "EASY GRIP" CONNECTOR CAPS:
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The first thing I did was take the caps off and connect the cable without them. So indeed the CAPS COME OFF.

I then tried for the fun of it to connect a cable end using one of the easy grip caps. It's connection felt SOLID and EASY to connect, there was none of that feel where you wonder if you screwed it on tight enough. So thumbs up for the end caps.

WHAT AM I GETTING?:
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The layers of this cable are:
- Copper Clad Steel (CCS)
- Then a dialectic (non-conductive layer)
- Then Aluminum Foil shielding
- Then 60% braid aluminum shielding
- Then another layer Aluminum Foil shielding
- and finally a PVC outer jacket

They do not UL rate this cable (i.e. CM/CMR/CMP) so don't run this in between floors or in a plenum, get cable designed to meet code and fire safety goals for that kind of install.

These are not sweep tested, so do your install ASAP so you have plenty of time to return them for free if you get a bad cable. These don't have RoHS certification (sales says there is no harmful chemicals used). They do not give out a minimum bend radius figure, just play it safe and bend it as little as you can during installation. This may require a little more length for some installations.

SUGGESTIONS AND NOTES
REGARDING COAX IN GENERAL:
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(1) AVOID BENDING COAX CABLE sharply. Coax cable has a "Minimum Bend Radius" specification. Go past this and you will lose qualitative aspects of the cable.

(2) SHIELDING. I read that tri-shielding roughly doubles protection from interference than what dual shielding offers, and quad-shielding adds roughly another 90% protection on top of that. However, this is brand and design dependent. For example, the tri-shield cable by one top brand has better interference protection than its equivalent quad-shield due to another aspect of the design.

Some debate if more than dual shielding is needed for most homes not near an airport, military base, etc., but many also feel in modern times the relatively small additional cost for better shielding is a no-brainer.

SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING
CABLE FOR BIG RUNS:
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Many cable companies like mine won't install any cable but their own at your house. Sometimes this means using a contractor or attempting to do it yourself if you want extra shielding, lower toxicity in a fire, less smoke in a fire, slower burn rate, its inability to reignite in a fire, etc.

If this is part of a full Cable TV install for you, the QUALITY VALUE SWEET SPOT for cable TV is probably RG6 Belden 7915A Tri-shield and its equivalent build in other quality brands. So for inexpensive, quality, simple install if CM type cable is code legal for your application, here are two cables to consider (or their equivalent in other quality brands):

7915A (Belden)
RG6 18AWG BC Duobond® Plus Tri-shield (125dB shield effective)
Solid .040" bare copper conductor, gas-injected foam polyethylene insulation,
Duobond® + alum braid shield (77% coverage), PVC jacket. 2.75" min. bend radius.

7916A (Belden) / 920414 (Coleman)
RG6 18AWG BC Aluminum Quad-shield (110dB shield effective)
Solid .040" bare copper conductor, gas-injected foam polyethylene insulation,
Duobond® + alum braid shields (60%&40% coverage), PVC jacket. 3" min. bend radius.

HOWEVER, for LOWER TOXICITY, MORE FIRE/SMOKE SAFETY (but more $), and possibly even construction code requirements if the cable runs BETWEEN FLOORS or in a plenum, you should also look at using PLENUM cables like these below (or their equivalent in other quality brands). Note that plenum cable is often less flexible. I'm skipping CMR cable options like 1694A and 1695A as this is just a starters overview and I skipped right to plenum coax cable.

7916AP (Belden)
RG6 18AWG BC AL Quad shield CATV/DBS - (110dB shield effective)
Solid bare copper conductor, foam FEP insulation, Duobond® IV Quad shield
(60% and 40% braid coverage), Flamarrest® jacket. 2.5" min. bend radius.
A common choice for SATELLITE plenum coax cable due to bare copper conductor. Does cable TV well, too. So good choice if possibly going to satellite some day. Some feel bare copper-covered steel conductor is a little more durable than bare copper, so its a little durability vs. better for satellite. Suitable for plenum applications.

1189AP (Belden)
RG6 18AWG CCS AL Quad shield
Solid .040" bare copper-covered steel conductor, foam FEP insulation,
Duobond IV quad shield (60%&40% coverage), Flamarrest jacket. 2.5" min. bend radius. Suitable for plenum applications.

1152A (Belden)
RG6 18AWG CCS TC Quad shield
Solid .040" bare copper-covered steel conductor, foam FEP insulation, Duofoil (100% coverage) + Tinned Copper (TC) braid shield (60% and 40% coverage), FEP jacket. 2.75" min. bend radius. Suitable for indoor plenum as well as OUTDOOR and UNDERGROUND applications.

9116P (Belden)
RG6 18AWG CCS foil + 60% ALB (Dual shield)
Solid .040" bare copper-covered steel conductor, plenum, foam FEP insulation,
Duobond II + alum braid shield (60% coverage), Flamarrest jacket. 2.25" min. bend radius. Suitable for plenum applications. Personally I'd go with at least Tri-Shield, this is only Dual-Shield.

Note#1: PLENUM cable means the cable is rated to be allowed in a plenum by construction code due to its slower burn, self-extinguishing, inability to reignite, and lower fume toxicity, however, it doesn't need to be in a plenum, of course.

Note#2: Bare copper conduit HELPS WITH VOLTAGE DROP when starting up a SATELLITE DISH, I've read (not verified).

Note#3: Premium cable brands sometimes have better braid coverage accuracy, smaller minimum bend radius, crack less over very long periods, etc. Here are some quality names in coax cable for the longer, custom lengths than patch cords (like this cable) I've read (not verified):

Manufacturers:
- Belden
- Coleman Cable (Signal Brand)
- Commscope
- General Cable
- Gepco Sheer Wire
- Honeywell Genesis
- Times Fiber
Private Label:
- Liberty
- Tributaries
- Signature Wire
- Windy City Wire
- Ethereal
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality & I really like the twist caps., March 10, 2012
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I'm using this to connect my UPS to my modem (if you have cable internet access and have a UPS that has coax ports, you really should use them).

1) The cable is a little stiff, as coax cable typically is, but after I "worked" it a little, it's now pliable and is conveniently shaped to run right into the back of my modem.

2) I really like the red plastic twist caps. They work beautifully to tighten down the connectors without the need for a wrench. Very convenient, especially if you end up working in an awkward position in tight quarters.

3) The shielding works. This cable is in close proximity to several other cables and no problems.

4) There was no slow-down in internet speed after installing this to run my internet access through the UPS (The UPS I'm using is the CyberPower CP1350PFCLCD UPS 1350VA 810W PFC Compatible Pure Sine Wave, which is easy to set up and has performed flawlessly!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price, May 12, 2012
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Matthew D. Crawley (North Carolina, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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Used this to connect my 55" TV to the surge protector so I'll be protected against surges. The product is as described and works perfectly. 5/5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Coax Cable, August 9, 2012
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R. King "Ron" (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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This is a good co-ax cable. I dumped Comcast and installed an attic antenna, so I wanted new cable from end to end. This cable runs from the wall jack to the TV. I bought from Amazon as I could get the specific length I wanted at a reasonable price and quick delivery (with Prime).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great! Just What I Needed!, July 30, 2012
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Caryn "disnycrayz" (Toms River, NJ, United States) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to run my cable modem connection through our surge protector. It works great and is the perfect size for our set up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality cable, July 4, 2012
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After using cheapie interconnects in past setups, I wanted some better quality cabling for a new project. These are thick, stiff, and well shielded, and I am happy with them. The "Easy Grip" connectors are really a plastic sleeve placed over the usual F-connector hex nut. They do indeed make the nut easier to turn; but most people will use them only once, at installation time. If you have tight quarters around your cables, you may have to "form" these a bit first. Individually boxed. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cable, April 2, 2012
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This cable seems to be of good quality and the twist caps are very handy. It's easy to screw on and off. The only small issue was that the cable length was about 45 inches, instead of 48 inches, for the 4-foot cable. Otherwise, no complaints. It's a good cable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good reception, April 2, 2012
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Purchased these cables to connect to bdrm tv. As I have now 4 tv's in the home upgrading the cables is to ensure I have the best clarity. I purchased all new cables for every tv, and the EMTA router. Also, upgraded the splitter to Monster. All said and done the picture is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cable(, March 16, 2012
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This cable is well constructed and features excellent connector's. I bought it to reduce the excess cable between my HDTV and indoor antenna. I recommend as a cost efficient and effective product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coax Cables, February 16, 2012
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Dan (California) - See all my reviews
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Purchased two of these cables a few months back. Very good cables, well built, and haven't had any problems with them.
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