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Is Synergy In Audio Cables Real or Snake Oil?

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Is Synergy In Audio Cables Real or Snake Oil?

— April 25, 2020 01:00

PS Audio recently announced a partnership with Audioquest cables citing that their products have a real "synergy" together. Is there any merit this synergistic effect claim or is it pure marketing BS?

Long vs Short Speaker Cables: Does it Really Matter?

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Long vs Short Speaker Cables: Does it Really Matter?

— July 22, 2016 01:00

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

What Matters Most in Speaker Cables?

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What Matters Most in Speaker Cables?

— December 27, 2015 20:00

We discuss speaker wire gauge and how to choose the best audio cables based on your loudspeaker impedance and distance to your amplifier. Choose the right cables here.

How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables

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How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables

Dan Banquer — May 05, 2015 07:00

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.

The Truth vs Hype about Expensive HDMI Cables

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The Truth vs Hype about Expensive HDMI Cables

— December 23, 2013 16:15

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.

Debunking the Myth of Speaker Cable Resonance

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Debunking the Myth of Speaker Cable Resonance

— January 28, 2013 00:00

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.

RedMere Active HDMI Technology Poised to Change Cabling

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RedMere Active HDMI Technology Poised to Change Cabling

— July 29, 2011 08:03

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.

Audiophile Power Cords - Do they really make a difference?

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Audiophile Power Cords - Do they really make a difference?

Kurt Denke (Blue Jeans Cable) — April 29, 2011 16:05

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.

Locking HDMI Cables and Connectors

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Locking HDMI Cables and Connectors

— June 04, 2010 02:30

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.

HDMI Cable Speed & Features Explained

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HDMI Cable Speed & Features Explained

Kurt Denke — March 10, 2010 05:00

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.

HDMI 1.4 and Through the Ages

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HDMI 1.4 and Through the Ages

— September 03, 2009 05:20

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.

Alternatives for AV Home Networking

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Alternatives for AV Home Networking

— August 16, 2009 19:05

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.

Crimping & Soldering - Keys to Connection Performance and Longevity

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Crimping & Soldering - Keys to Connection Performance and Longevity

Thomas Steves — March 09, 2009 22:42

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

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

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

Kurt Denke — March 05, 2009 11:01

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

Do I Need 120 Hertz HDMI Cables?

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Do I Need 120 Hertz HDMI Cables?

Kurt Denke — December 31, 2008 09:39

One of the most common sorts of questions from our customers these days is some variant on this: "Do I really need a 120Hz HDMI Cable?" In consumer electronics stores across the country, consumers

Myth vs Reality – Putting Cat5E-Based A/V Structured Wiring In Its Place

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Myth vs Reality – Putting Cat5E-Based A/V Structured Wiring In Its Place

— October 06, 2008 12:45

Sending audio, video and control signals over twisted pair cables have become common practice in the contemporary marketplace. There is a good reason for this. Twisted pair cables are cheap,

Wireless HDMI Takes Flight

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Wireless HDMI Takes Flight

— September 05, 2008 01:00

Wireless HDMI seems to be coming to a living room near you. While everyone pretty much agrees that HDMI is the most bitter-sweet invention to hit the consumer AV electronics industry in some time,

Long HDMI Cable Bench Tests - Monster Cable Shootout

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Long HDMI Cable Bench Tests - Monster Cable Shootout

— July 08, 2008 10:50

I decided to write this article the first time I saw another writer say "HDMI is digital - it either works or it doesn't." Then I saw that statement get repeated over and over. The problem is that

Pear Cable Redux: How to Combat Scam with Science

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Pear Cable Redux: How to Combat Scam with Science

— May 10, 2008 23:20

A Case Study in Applying an Audioholics A/V Education to Identify Marketing Drivel. In this follow-up to our initial article, we will look at Pear Cable as a case study in evaluating exaggerated

HDMI 1.3 and Cables Part 1: It's All in the Bitrate

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HDMI 1.3 and Cables Part 1: It's All in the Bitrate

— August 22, 2007 09:57

With the advent of HDMI v1.3 and 1.3a, consumers are starting to really get confused about cables and what they need to worry about when selecting a product that's going to be compatible with the new

What's the Matter with HDMI?

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What's the Matter with HDMI?

Kurt Demke — May 16, 2007 21:10

HDMI, as we've pointed out elsewhere, is a format which was designed primarily to serve the interests of the content-provider industries, not to serve the interests of the consumer. The result is a

Bi-wiring Part 2: The Cable Conundrum

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Bi-wiring Part 2: The Cable Conundrum

Jim Lesurf — March 28, 2007 20:00

One of the arguments presented in the web forum thread I’ve already examined on a previous article is that there is a difference between a bi-wired speaker system and conventional wiring due to a

Bi-Wiring A Loudspeaker: Does it Make a Difference?

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Bi-Wiring A Loudspeaker: Does it Make a Difference?

Jim Lesurf — March 19, 2007 19:00

Bi-wiring a loudspeaker involves running two pairs of cables tied together on the amp side but separated on the loudspeaker side to the low and high crossover sections. But, does it make a difference?

Thinking in Isolation – A Primer on Ground Loops

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Thinking in Isolation – A Primer on Ground Loops

— January 18, 2007 22:25

There is a humming sound coming from the speakers. A faint dark bar rolls from the bottom of the image to the top, changing colors and distorting the picture as it goes. What’s this? How is this

Un-Sound Advice About Cables

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Un-Sound Advice About Cables

— January 03, 2007 10:55

This is an editorialized experience of when I visited a hifi shop over the holiday break and got sold a story on what makes exotic cables better. Slick marketing or snake oil?

Selecting the Right HDMI Solution for Your Custom Installation

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Selecting the Right HDMI Solution for Your Custom Installation

— September 05, 2006 20:00

Digital is everywhere in today's home theater environment. But, despite this proliferation of digital technologies and content, most digital devices still rely on analogue interfaces. The use of