Tip & How-To about Audio Players & Recorders
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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