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Speaker Cable Length Differences: Do They Matter?

This article explores if varying the length of speaker cables between speakers really makes a difference in audibility. Watch our related

Speaker Cable Length Differences: Do They Matter?
How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables

This article explains how to make your own DIY speaker cables to save money and create the exact cables for your needs. From low resistance zip

How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables
Speaker Cable Gauge (AWG) Guidelines & Recommendations

This article explains speaker cable gauge and how it relates to resistance to help you determine what cable to use based on your needs and

Speaker Cable Gauge (AWG) Guidelines & Recommendations

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Speaker Cable Length Differences: Do They Matter?

Speaker Cable Length Differences: Do They Matter?

More often than not, I see the common question pop up in our forums regarding speaker cable length differences between two or more speakers. Folks often wonder if the cable length between the main front channels need to be identical. They are often misinformed by exotic cable vendors or cable forum cult hobbyists that cable lengths need to be kept identical to a void amplitude or phase/time delay differences between the two. They even go so far as to claim transmission line effects can be seen at audio frequencies. This article and related YouTube video serves to demystify the nonsense surrounding this topic.

This article explores if varying the length of speaker cables between speakers really makes a difference in audibility. Watch our related YouTube video to see what truly matters.

— July 22, 2016 00:00 in Audio Video Cables

How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables

How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables

Contrary to audio cable marketing; anyone can cut, strip, and install banana plugs on speaker wire. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to do exactly that. Our recently added YouTube video supports this article and also gives examples of how to make more advanced low resistance and braided cable designs vs purchasing pre-terminated cables. Save thousands of dollars with our tips and make the right speaker cables and lengths to meet your needs.

This article explains how to make your own DIY speaker cables to save money and create the exact cables for your needs. From low resistance zip cord to braided audio cables, make them for less.

Dan Banquer — May 05, 2015 07:00 in Audio Video Cables

Speaker Cable Gauge (AWG) Guidelines & Recommendations

Speaker Cable Gauge (AWG) Guidelines & Recommendations

Lately we’ve been getting hit with the common question “what speaker wire gauge should I use”? More often than not, we’ve seen Audiophiles choose a higher gauge esoteric wire over a lower gauge generic zip cord cable simply because they were sold some marketing nonsense that these magic cables would improve your systems mojo. This guide cuts through the nonsense and gives some solid recommendations on selecting speaker wire gauge based on cable length and impedance of your loudspeakers. Check out our recently added YouTube video discussion on choosing the right speaker cables.

This article explains speaker cable gauge and how it relates to resistance to help you determine what cable to use based on your needs and distances between your speakers and amplifiers.

— March 01, 2015 00:00 in Audio Video Cables

The Truth vs Hype about Expensive HDMI Cables

The Truth vs Hype about Expensive HDMI Cables

One of the most common questions we are asked at Audioholics is, "Do pricey HDMI cables make a difference"? We've answered this in a number of highly technical articles, but this time around we wanted to answer it in more practical terms. What makes one cable different than another? What are some examples of good HDMI cables on the market? And how can I tell if a cable isn't working properly? Click through for the answers all these questions.

Do expensive HDMI cables make a difference? What should you look for in an HDMI cable? We answer those questions in an easy to follow video, and we have the science to backup our claims.

— December 23, 2013 16:15 in Audio Video Cables

Why Your Cat6/5e Network Cable is Slowing You Down: Interview with Blue Jeans Cable

Why Your Cat6/5e Network Cable is Slowing You Down: Interview with Blue Jeans Cable

After reading Blue Jeans Cable's article showing that 80% of the Cat6/5e network cables on the market fail to meet spec, we decided to reach out to them for a followup interview. While we have covered the difference between HDMI and speaker cables to death, we have never really thought about or written anything about network cables. However, network cabling is now an integral part of any modern AV system, but there is a lot more to it than most people think. Read on to see what one of the most reputable cable manufacturers has to say on the topic.

Cat6/5e network or ethernet cable quality is a little understood but big problem. We dive into why 80% of cables fail to meet spec and what you can do you ensure you are buying good network cable.

— August 28, 2013 07:00 in Audio Video Cables

Debunking the Myth of Speaker Cable Resonance

Debunking the Myth of Speaker Cable Resonance

Some exotic cable vendors and esoteric audio magazines claim that speaker cables exhibit electrical and/or mechanical resonance at audio frequencies and that the RLC nature of the cable drastically changes at these frequencies causing the alleged cable resonance. They often cry bloody murder and seek out solutions to fix this alleged problem to preserve the pristine audio and save their golden ears from such atrocious distortion. I believe this claim was fabricated either because of a lack of understanding of basic principles of electronics, or an attempt to initiate a false scare tactic to rationalize how an exotic cable vendor can justify slapping an RLC network on the cable and charge consumers high asking prices. Some even pervert this fallacy one step further by suggesting it is necessary to isolate your speaker cables from mechanical vibrations. Before you run out and shop for a solution to stop your cables from resonating either electrically or mechanically, it may be best to examine if this is a real or made up problem to concern yourself with.

This article debunks the nonsense some exotic cable manufacturers like to spread about they have a solution to electrical or mechanical resonance in loudspeaker cables.

— January 28, 2013 00:00 in Audio Video Cables

RedMere Active HDMI Technology Poised to Change Cabling

RedMere Active HDMI Technology Poised to Change Cabling

There are a lot of things wrong with HDMI. For one, the technology keeps pushing the limits of what a standard non-active cable can handle - this is especially true when HDMI is used over long distances. Some manufacturers have turned to making extra-thick, well-shielded solutions that utilize 22 gauge cables. The results of that method have been tragic - cables don't bend easily and they are generally unwieldy and impractical for most uses. So what's next? Well, almost any cable will work over a 2 meter or less distance, but beyond that things start to get dicey. That's where active HDMI cables come into play. While active EQ on HDMI cables isn't new, possibly the most advanced use of it is coming out of RedMere, who has shrunken down the technology to a point that it's all but negligible.

While active EQ on HDMI cables isn't new, possibly the most advanced use of it is coming out of RedMere, who has shrunken down the technology to a point that it's all but negligible.

— July 29, 2011 08:03 in Audio Video Cables

Audio Power Cables & Cords - Do they really make a difference?

Audio Power Cables & Cords - Do they really make a difference?

We are sometimes asked our opinion of exotic power cords and cables and whether or not they are beneficial or worth the added cost over the stock power cords that come with A/V electronics. With the help of Blue Jeans Cable, we explore the importance of properly designed power cords while simultaneously debunking the myths and bogus claims perpetuated by many exotic cable manufacturers and A/V review magazines. Always remember the Audioholics.com mantra "only poorly designed cables can be sonically distinguishable" and you will never make a bad purchasing decision. Once all of the nonsensical claims are peeled away, only three very basic and essential metrics are left to ensure quality power transfer from your wall outlet to you’re A/V gear which we discuss in detail herein.

This article explores the age old question whether or not exotic power cords make a difference over the stock OEM cables supplied with your AV gear. Get the truth about power cords & cables here.

Kurt Denke (Blue Jeans Cable) — April 29, 2011 15:05 in Audio Video Cables

Locking HDMI Cables and Connectors

Locking HDMI Cables and Connectors

Anyone who has read any of my articles long enough here at Audioholics knows the love-hate relationship I have with HDMI. Mostly hate, since I believe HDMI should have been more focused on protocol, and less on form-factor. Regardless, one of the most frustrating aspects of HDMI is the tendency for lower gauge (thicker) cables to weight down the connector and pull out of their sockets. With the complexity of the signal coursing through an HDMI cable, even a little tension can result in signal loss, especially over longer distances. So what's a custom installer to do? Well, for starters there are several solutions that provide a locking HDMI connection for HDMI - something the format surely lacks.

How is a custom installer to deal with the loose HDMI connector? Several solutions provide a locking HDMI connection for HDMI - something the format surely lacks and which HDMI Licensing left open.

— June 04, 2010 02:30 in Audio Video Cables

HDMI Cable Speed & Features Explained

HDMI Cable Speed & Features Explained

Considering that an HDMI cable is, at bottom, nothing more than an arrangement of wire, foil and plastic, the purchase of HDMI cable has become awfully confusing. Everywhere one turns, there are all sorts of specification version numbers being tossed around, claims about HDMI cable "speed," and representations about support for 3D, 2K by 4K video, 1080p, Deep Color, and a host of other features. What does it all mean? Read this article to separate the fact from fiction.

Are you confused about HDMI cable speed and category ratings? Read this article to get the facts from the fiction about the relevence of HDMI cable ratings.

Kurt Denke — March 10, 2010 05:00 in Audio Video Cables

HDMI 1.4 and Through the Ages

HDMI 1.4 and Through the Ages

Key Digital had an interesting newsletter that got sent out this week. In it they had a table which went through the various iterations of HDMI, from version 1.0 through the newest 1.4. We thought it was a good chart, though we disagreed (slightly) with some of their assessments on the importance of each of the versions. As I hinted at in my article on The Twelve Biggest Industry Mistakes of the Digital Age I believe that HDMI is really more of a stop-gap interface whereas it could have been a new standard. Instead, we have a largely "stupid" new cable system that merely carries data. HDMI 1.4 does little to change this reality.

Is HDMI more of a stop-gap interface instead of a new standard? We think so - and the new HDMI version 1.4 does little to assuage our hopes in that regard. HDMI, while convenient, isn't all that.

— September 03, 2009 05:20 in Audio Video Cables

Alternatives for AV Home Networking

Alternatives for AV Home Networking

The ongoing convergence of AV and computing is inevitable, rooted in the dawn of digital media with the advent of the CD, and nurtured by the Internet. Media servers, multimedia gaming consoles, HTPC, networked AV receivers, mp3 player docks, IPTV; digital entertainment is becoming as at home on computers as it is on traditional AV gear. However, all of this crosspollination between the two often leaves entertainment stored in disparate locations so a reliable connection is required to transfer the entertainment files between devices. For those who find the shortcomings of Wi-Fi make it less than an ideal solution, there are other methods available that are not as onerous as pulling Ethernet cable through walls and attics by making use of existing home wiring systems. These methods also provide connections that are more secure with better data throughput and reliability. There is a reason that mission critical business systems and servers are primarily hardwired and not connected by Wi-Fi.

The ongoing convergence of Audio/Video and computing is inevitable, rooted in the dawn of digital media with the advent of the CD, and nurtured by such things as the the Internet and technology.

— August 16, 2009 19:05 in Audio Video Cables

Crimping & Soldering - Keys to Connection Performance and Longevity

Crimping & Soldering - Keys to Connection Performance and Longevity

Audio and Video Cables are not just dependent on the wire or cable used, or the connectors used. The quality of the connection between the wire or cable and connector is just as important, if not more so. The biggest problem with the audio/video cable market is that marketing departments choose fads and fallacies, non-applicable specifications and pseudo science over real world objective measurements and tried and true methods of creating wire and cable assemblies that will last for many years with high quality results. Today we're going to look at those unsung heroes of our A/V world, the ones that hold it all together - the crimp and the solder joints.

Audio and Video Cables are not just dependent on the wire or cable used, or the connectors used. The quality of the connection between the wire or cable and connector is just as important, if not

Thomas Steves — March 09, 2009 22:42 in Audio Video Cables

What Do HDMI Spec Versions (1.2, 1.3, 1.3a, etc) Mean For Cable Choice?

What Do HDMI Spec Versions (1.2, 1.3, 1.3a, etc) Mean For Cable Choice?

Many people are worried, when buying HDMI cable, about the spec version of the cable in question. Is it the latest spec version? Will it support all the features of the devices it's hooked to? Most of the fears and doubts associated with this question are unfounded, but there are some interesting issues with regard to HDMI spec version, and we'll sort those out in this article.

Many people are worried, when buying HDMI cable, about the spec version of the cable in question. Is it the latest spec version? Will it support all the features of the devices it's hooked to? Most

Kurt Denke — March 05, 2009 11:01 in Audio Video Cables