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Do cables make a difference in audio quality?

Looking for ways to improve your audio and video setup? One of the most commonly overlooked components is cables. In this , we explore the question, “Do cables make a difference?” and the impact they can have on the quality of your sound and image.

Speaker Cables / Interconnects

When it comes to speaker cables and interconnects, we highly recommend using Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) cables. These cables are made with high-purity copper, which minimizes the amount of oxygen in the metal. This results in a more efficient transfer of signals and reduces the risk of corrosion over time. While OFC cables may be slightly pricier, they are worth the investment for those serious about achieving the best possible sound quality.

Additionally, we believe that high-priced speaker cables and exotic materials like silver are not necessary for achieving high-quality sound. While some manufacturers may market these types of cables as offering superior performance, the reality is that the benefits they offer are often negligible or even non-existent. Therefore, we do not promote the usage of these types of cables and encourage our viewers to make informed purchasing decisions based on actual performance and not marketing hype.

HDMI Cables

On the other hand, when it comes to HDMI and data cables, you don't have to break the bank to get a decent quality cable. Cheaper options can still offer a reliable connection, and as long as the cable meets the required standards, you can enjoy high-quality video and audio without overspending.

Power Cables

I am committed to providing our viewers with honest and accurate information on audio and video equipment. In line with this commitment, we do not support the use of expensive power cables. While some manufacturers may claim cables offer improved sound or picture quality, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims and the entire notion is a bit silly.

In fact, power cables have a simple job, to deliver electricity to your equipment. As long as they meet the necessary safety standards and are of adequate gauge, any differences in performance between cables are likely to be negligible at best.

Furthermore, we believe that high-priced power cables are an unnecessary expense for most consumers, and that people should enjoy the best audio and video without breaking the bank. Therefore, we encourage our viewers to focus on investing in quality equipment and making sure that their power cables are safe and appropriate for their needs, rather than spending money on expensive cables that offer little to no benefit.


In summary, cables do make a difference, and using the right type of cable for your setup can impact the weight of your wallet. So, if you're looking to upgrade your audio and video experience, consider investing in high-quality OFC speaker cables and interconnects, while opting for budget-friendly HDMI and data cables.

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February 23rd, 2023—Added external links and revisions.
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