DIY: Cables?

Gentlemen, can home made cables really offer quality as distinct from value? Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says on the subject. Fatter wire sounds fuller, skinnier wire sounds thin, shielded wire sounds cleaner but veiled, stranded wire sounds one way and solid core thicker wire sounds yet another.  These findings were very suspicious to […]

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OXYMORON? Audiophile power cords?

In your experience, do mains leads really make a difference, and are the expensive ones really capable of offering value? Mains cables do change the sound of audio equipment. Unfortunately there’s a lot claims made about mains cables that are exaggerated. I suggest that the effect of a mains cable is not as important as […]

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PS AUDIO: “…… let the power amp drive the long cables and don’t stress out the preamp if you can help it.”

Paul McGowan writes: We all know it’s not good to get stressed out, but did you know preamp’s and sources feel the same way? Nothing stresses a preamp or source out more than having to drive an uncomfortable load like a long cable.  Some preamps and sources have better designs than others, but in general, […]

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ELSDON WONFOR AUDIO: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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COLIN WONFOR’S TECHNICAL CLINIC: Silver plated copper vs copper speaker wires? What’s better? Help!

COLIN WRITES … Ideally one would love to remove the effect of the capacitance completely but keep the Inductive coupling tight as it acts like a common mode choke helping to reduce non musical sound. With normal PVC webbing you have poor coupling. It can be done by loading the PVC with iron but it is too stiff […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q&A … damping factor

Howard writes … A question of mine, to address my inquisitive nature.  My preference, for most types of music and most speakers is a high damping factor. I value speed, agility and articulation over heft, weight and so on.  To date, the PA2M(SE) is the most satisfying I have heard. Hypothetically, is it technically possible […]

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COLIN WONFOR’S TECHNICAL CLINIC: Male XLR plugs

QUESTION: I am needing to change the Aeco silver RCA plugs on one of my interconnects for some male XLR plugs. As it is a UP-OCC conductor, I am thinking of getting a plug with some silver plated pure copper connectors. My thoughts were with the ETI or Xhadow. What’s your opinion Colin? COLIN SAYS … […]

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Bi-wired speakers: How important is the type of jumper? Dr Richard Bews responds

Recently I wrote: This started way back at Subjective Audio in the 1980s I played music for the staff on our reference system, then going around to the rear of the speaker, making a quick ‘mystery’ change they all noticed for the better. What I did was simple; I moved the speaker cables from the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: MC-V power cord (silver plated pins) test review

  Neil McCauley / editor in chief There’s an old saying that you can judge a person by the company they keep. It’s a truism and a cliché but that doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. Applied to the hi-fi industry, you can make a reasonable stab at the true nature (behind the carefully crafted façade) of […]

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CABLES: Directionality … fact or fiction?

I’ve always heard that single-ended, directional interconnects (e.g., AudioQuests) should be installed with the arrows pointing away from the source. Is that really true, though? It seems like it actually doesn’t have much to do with signal travel, but with grounding: normally, the shield is connected to ground at the end the arrow points toward. […]

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