It depends on many factors : the quality of your system components ( speakers/amp/ DAC/CDP atc ) , your music sources , your room size and your acoustics in it and the position of the speakers act. . You can spend a lot of money on cabels and interconnects with no improvement in the sound because there might be a problem with one or more of the factors I mention above .
Hi Fi : Proac Studio 140MK2 / Rotel RC 1580 / Rotel RB 1582 / Rotel RCD 1520 / B&W P7 / Tellurium Q & WireWorld cables
My ex had some Neat ultimatums in a smallish sitting/dinning room, and honestly it didn't sound ten times better than mine, if anything it was worse just because of the room. :? In otherwords spend it on the treatment and getting it set up propably and it will sound fantastic.
IMO, room treatment makes a real difference so is definately worth doing (not just with egg boxes though!)
Cables do make a difference and I for one would spend money here as you have some great gear - why on earth would you lash it up with bell wire as some people here would have you do!
Decent interconnects are key and I particularly like Chord stuff, so maybe try a Chorus interconnect and Oddesey or Epic spk cable depending on how much you need. I have found that Chord stuff sounds warm with decent bass depth along with exceptional clarity.
I would investigate power cable/higher quality cables once your room is treated and you are used to the sound of your new gear.
Get some of the cheapest cable and interconnects in the shop, along with some of the more expensive stuff, agree with the dealer that you can return what you don't want after home demoing.
Then get a friend or family member to swap the cheaper cables for the pricey ones, and vice versa, and you will see for yourself that they all sound the same. Then bring the pricey ones back.
Failing that, you could just buy the cheapest and save yourself the hassle, but don't buy boutique cables on the say so of other folk, they're a waste of money.
Hope this helps.
p_m_brown wrote:...why on earth would you lash it up with bell wire as some people here would have you do!
Bellwire? Who said that?
Cheap OFC copper cable which is of a suitably thick guage works perfectly though. There's no need to spend a fortune.
Hi-Fi - Yamaha RX-V667 > AVI DM5 > AVI subwoofer
Head-Fi - Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2Di > Sennheisser HD700
Portable - Sony NWZ-A847 > Westone UM3x
"there will be a difference between silver and copper"
TrevC wrote:"there will be a difference between silver and copper" Nope. Mythology.
I read this so many times. Silver is supposed to sound brighter but it simply doesn't. Mythology indeed.
In my experience, some cables can add that something extra in the bass department. One brand I found to do so is Ringmat. They only make one brand of speaker cable and it isn't expensive, so I'd recommend checking them out.
£306 as a minimum price for a 3m pair isn't expensive?!
hi kingsap i truly believe that power cables do make a diffrence to sound quality and good i/c ,i have tryed many in my time,but the best thing to do is to if you could loan some to see if you hear a diffrence,dont be quick to judge,i have found that it can take time to bed in.no one is the best critic other than yourself trust your own ears,dont be led by what others say.i have just bought a new mains cable and i am over the moon with the improvements it has made.check out clearer audio /darren really is very helpful and will be able to guide you on the best power cables and i/c for your system.
Thanks for all the advice and comments :wave:
I just came back from some cable testing from a friends system. To my ears, there is no difference in sound. It is not a high end extravaganza system though. The cables were something called "harmonix" which is from what he told me $1800/ meter.
However in a car audio, i did find time to test the same cables. Blimey!! There is a definite difference especially in the mids which is more forward (not better, but a huge difference) Cables were jantzen if im not mistaken and changed to a harmonix (more than 20metres cable). So im not sure what is happening here. The car system is definitely high end! With mp-z studios and audiowave power monoblocks. (again if i remember correctly)
So i guess.....i have to try in my own system when it comes :boohoo: :boohoo:
davidvann wrote: i truly believe that power cables do make a diffrence to sound quality
i truly believe that power cables do make a diffrence to sound quality
As long as the mains gets through you can connect it via whatever you like and the performance will not be affected in any way.
Singslinger wrote:In my experience, some cables can add that something extra in the bass department. One brand I found to do so is Ringmat. They only make one brand of speaker cable and it isn't expensive, so I'd recommend checking them out.
A cable cannot add anything but a poor (too thin) higher resistance cable will drop volts. As the impedance of your average speaker varies with frequency this will change the sound, invariably for the worse. The magic wires at silly prices are pointless.
i respect your view,but i have seen and heard for myself that they do make a diffrence.all im saying let the o/p decide for himself.cheers david
Fair comment; there was however, a difference between the Nordost Blue Heaven (which is silver based) and the copper based interconnects I had at the time. The Blue Heaven got sold on and this is the only time I would claim a difference in cables of any great significance. It's now in French Polynesia I think. But of course, it was awry to suggest all silver based cables might be like this and I won't be going down that road again to find out it might be so, so the point is moot for me.
So, not quite mythology in my own experience.