How Much Does a Coaxial Cable Cost?
Coaxial cables are usually used for televisions, VCRs, or cable boxes, and they are used for audio and visual purposes. Although there are newer types of wires that are more functional than these, coaxial cables are still one of the top choices for many people as they are compatible with several electronics. Cable companies, in particular, use coaxial cables to bring cable television to their customers. The same cable is also used for connecting VCRs to a television and attaching a personal antenna to a television set or digital converter box. A coaxial cable is connected by placing a small needle into an opening on the TV, VCR or cable box and then tightening the nut that goes around the threaded base of the connector.
How much does it cost?
- Coaxial cables are relatively cheap compared to other types of wires. They can be sold by meter or per foot. Each meter of cable can cost around $1.40 to $2.00, depending on the type and the quality. According to Universal-Radio.com, the cost per foot is around $.20 to $1.50. Still, the exact price depends on the model, type and quality.
- Most stores also sell coaxial cables in a reel of 1000 feet. OneStopBuy.com gives prices of different types of coax cables (1000-foot reel) at a minimum of $117. A E20601-B (RG6 RG 59, RG 6, RG 11 coaxial cable), for example, costs $117, while the E20605 (RG6 RG 59, RG 6, RG 11 Coaxial Cable) is priced around $186 per reel.
- Other types of cables are priced at over a thousand dollars depending on the quality and the usage. E31108 (RG11 RG 59, RG 6, RG 11 Coaxial Cable), for instance, costs $2,499 for a 1000-foot reel.
- The price for coax cables is also determined by the brand itself. Some brands are known to be cheaper than the others, while some claim to have better quality. Amazon.com gives the prices for coaxial cables of different brands ranging from $3 for six feet to $13 for 50-foot cable reel.
What is going to be included?
- Purchasing a coaxial cable is relatively easy. Any type of cable can be bought at most electronics, hardware, or retail stores or through the internet. However, one must be specific of the cable that needs to be purchased. As mentioned, there are different types of cables and each is priced differently. They can each be used for different things and may be specific to one type of device.
- Some of the common types of cable are RG6, RG 59, RG 6 and RG 11. A different coaxial cable is used for connecting a plasma TV and for other electronics. This is the reason that you must be familiar with how one is used differently from the other.
- The connectors, splitters and other peripherals are not included in your purchase of the cables. They must be bought separately.
What are the extra costs?
- Coax cable connectors. These are very important as they join cables to the terminals of equipment or connect cables end to end. The price for one is at about $.30 to $1 at ChannelMasterstore.com.
- Coax Cable Splitter. Splitters are important as they allow you to take a single coaxial input and divide it into two, three or four outputs, which can all be used to run separate coax cables to different devices. Computercablestore.com sells splitters of different brands at $1 to $3 each.
- Other peripherals. In the event that you need other peripherals (as suggested by your technician), then you need to have them installed as well. Items such as adapters are important for a safe and successful installation.
- Installation. If wires, cables and other electronics are all foreign to you, then you must hire a technician who will do the installation; i.e. making sure that each cable goes perfectly to the appropriate electronic or appliance. Thus, you are eliminating some serious electrical hazards.
- Extensions. Most devices will be fairly close to the TV itself. However, in the case that something needs to be connected across the room or perhaps in different rooms, longer cable may be required.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type of coaxial cable
- The length of the cable needed
- Brand of the cable
Tips to know:
- It must be known that not all coaxial cables are created the same. Most quality cables have a very tight (dense) braid to ensure maximum shielding.
- In the event that your coaxial cable does not have connectors on one or both ends, you must purchase connectors in either twist-on or crimp-on varieties.
- A warning given by an article in eHow.com states that splitting the original cable feed drops the output power to each device, which could result in poor picture quality.
- Although composite video and audio are widely used nowadays, coaxial cable is still considered to be the best cable of its type available on the market.
- Be very careful that you do not bend or break the needle that sticks out the end; this will cause the cable to not work as well as it should or possibly not at all.
How can I save money?
- Shop around and look for stores that sell cheap yet quality coax cables. While the price can be cheap online, do not forget to factor in the shipping fees.
- Opt for slightly used coax cables. They are relatively cheaper than brand new ones.
- You should not need to pay someone for installation or set-up; most devices come with instructions for set-up and installation.