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Cat 5 or Cat 6 to Beolab???

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Hessel75
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Hessel75 posted on Sat, Aug 26 2017 10:48 PM

I want to cable My Beolab 18 to Beosound Moment With rj45... Is that cat5 or cat6...?

Beovision 14-55 oak, Beosound Moment, Beolab 18 oak, Beoplay H8, Beoplay form 2i

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Fansastic
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I wired my BL14 to BV with cat 7 and works very well. No idea if cat 5/6 is sufficient

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zerocool143
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Most of our installation we use Cat 7 shielded.

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Most of our installation we use Cat 7 shielded.

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jvdl replied on Sun, Aug 27 2017 8:13 AM

Normaly Cat 6 wil be more then efficient, cat 7 you can use when you go for longer distance. Bot are shielded. (cat 5 not)

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Hi Hessel75,

Standard Cat 5e and Cat 6 Ethernet cables are designated as UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) cables, which means they are unsuited for use with Beolab speakers.  Special STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) versions of Cat 6 can be used, or Cat 7 cables which should always be shielded.

Using standard unshielded Cat 5/6 cables can really ruin the sound of your superb Beolab speakers, as these cables can pick up huge amounts of interference from nearby electrical devices.

As with all analogue audio cabling, the usual wiring rules apply if you want good results:-

1) Keep the cables as short as reasonably possible (ideally less than 20m) and ideally within one room only.

2) Ensure that they are fully shielded, with the shield connected throughout the cable length.

3) Don't run the cables within 100mm of any mains power wiring and avoid parallel runs with mains wires.

4) Don't run the cables back to a patch panel, network switch, router or other device used for your data wiring.

Alternatively, using standard Powerlink cables will always give you good results if you are in doubt.

Kind regards, Steve.

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danielmok
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Hi Steve,

Does it mean I can buy any Cat 7 cable from market for use with Beolab speakers?

Thank you.

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