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Home Speakers: What cables to buy?

If one consults the various home stereo magazines, there is some hype and confusion about which speaker cables give the best sound. One thing to remember when confronted by such a situation is that each person's perception of sound is unique to them. There is no "golden ear" authority on what is good sound, and there is no evidence that anyone can retain accurate sound memory as a standard from which to compare sound.
Having said that, the bottom line about which type of cable is best is that there is no single type of audio cable that is best for all situations. Without going into the physics of it, the consensus among knowledgeable electrical/electronic engineers is that the optimal sound produced by a specific speaker, driven by a specific audio system occurs when the speaker cable provides the best audio interface between the characteristics of that amplifier and those of that speaker.
Here is the key thing: what determines that best interface RE: speaker cable? The average consumer will never know, but the research indicates that for pretty much any home situation, 18 guage plain lamp cord, the type you can buy by the foot at any hardware store, is as good a choice as any. In pro audio sound, guess what they use? Same thing, only larger guage. So there.
As a footnote, I've done critical listening tests with lamp cord versus $300+ cables, and the lamp cord won every time.



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So with everything disconnected. You should have your HDMI, COMPONENT, RCA(R,W,Y)
HDMI and COMPONENT are the exact same thing and in all preference COMPONENT is far better thand HDMI for the pure fact that each wire is in it's own casing and insualted to avoid feedback from the other wires.
Anyways, with everything disconnected we begin
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From your TV run your audio out (RCA Red/White) to your amp. Usually your preference but more than likely your TV IN on your amp.
With your amp now set on TV, you should automatically get sound from your tv. and if your running an HD cable box even though your only running RED/WHITE to your amp, you will still be receiving Digital sound.
Most new amps Should have a digital input and if your running and 1080iUp this one RCA plugin will give you dolby digital sound from your dvd player to your amp. Then running a video rca up to your tv, will give you the picture, while the digital out on your dvd player to your amp will give you dolby digital sound.

It's a basic simple step to get sound. Like a continuing current. So just as long as you have your cable to -- tv -- home theatre. Everything should work. Otherwise I would go and check your cables and make sure they are not faulty.
I hope this confusing walkthrough helps.

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