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Silver Saboteurs - Are Silver Audio Cables Better?

Silver Saboteurs - Are Silver Audio Cables Better?

Certainly silver has always had a place in the wire and cable industry. It's long been a fixture in military and high temperature applications. In the case of Teflon wire, you have always seen silver as either the sole metal present or at least as the plating. The silver is necessary to counteract the corrosive process for coating Teflon to the wire.

Certainly silver has always had a place in the wire and cable industry. It's long been a fixture in military and high temperature applications. In the case of Teflon wire, you have always seen silver

— October 12, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

DVI and HDMI Video Connections

DVI and HDMI Video Connections

During the next few months, many manufactures will release new consumer electronic products with DVI (Digital Visual Interface) and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connectors. DVD players, cable/satellite set-top boxes and High Definition televisions and projectors are the prime targets for these connections that provide superior digital picture quality and eliminate the need for unnecessary analog to digital conversions.

During the next few months, many manufactures will release new consumer electronic products with DVI (Digital Visual Interface) and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connectors. DVD

Thomas Steves — September 23, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

TOSLINK Interconnect History & Basics

TOSLINK Interconnect History & Basics

The transmission of signals using a beam of light was a topic for science fiction writers just a few short decades ago. The ability to harness the incredible speeds and data density capabilities of the optical medium was considered a "holy grail" for communications pioneers, who first began exploring this power of light in 1966. However, it took the digital revolution to bring fiber optic transmission to the mainstream.

The transmission of signals using a beam of light was a topic for science fiction writers just a few short decades ago. The ability to harness the incredible speeds and data density capabilities of

— September 20, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Thiel Audio Interview on Cables

Thiel Audio Interview on Cables

During our review of the THIEL Audio SCS3 system, we pinged designer Jim Thiel on some technical questions regarding the loudspeaker designs and the choice of internal wiring and crossover topologies he employed in the speaker designs. With his permission, we captured the interview which oddly focused more on the topic of cables than it did loudspeakers as can be seen below.

During our review of the THIEL Audio SCS3 system, we pinged designer Jim Thiel on some technical questions regarding the loudspeaker designs and the choice of internal wiring and crossover

— September 11, 2004 19:00 in Audio Video Cables

Connection Tips 101 - Cabling Your System

Connection Tips 101 - Cabling Your System

I am often called on to provide calibration services for the budding audiophile and even the professional installer to try to maximize the performance of their systems. I am always shocked to see the mess behind their racks and built in cabinets. I find it humorous that we audiophiles debate the performance or the ability to hear differences in cables and then totally defeat and degrade performance of our systems by having our cables jumbled up like a tumble weed.

I am often called on to provide calibration services for the budding audiophile and even the professional installer to try to maximize the performance of their systems. I am always shocked to see the

— September 02, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Eliminating RFI/EMI Interference from your Audio System

Eliminating RFI/EMI Interference from your Audio System

I PRESENTLY HAVE my listening space in the attic of my house and less than 100 yards from a rather large and reasonably powerful ham radio antenna that points in my direction. I don't enjoy listening to my neighbor's ham radio transmissions through my stereo system, so I decided to take whatever measures necessary to get rid of the problem. This article provides methods of eliminating RFI/EMI noise ingress into your audio system by using proper cabling and grounding techniques.

Eliminate RFI/EMI noise ingress into your hifi audio system by using proper cabling, shielding, and grounding techniques.

Dan Banquer — September 02, 2004 08:00 in Audio Video Cables

Audio Cable "Break In" Science or Psychological?

Audio Cable "Break In" Science or Psychological?

'Breaking in' a cable has everything to do with the insulation - not the wire itself. The insulation (or dielectric) will absorb energy from the conductor when a current is flowing (i.e. when music is playing). This energy-absorption causes the dielectric's molecules to re-arrange themselves from a random order into a uniform order. Hogwash.

'Breaking in' a cable has everything to do with the insulation - not the wire itself. The insulation (or dielectric) will absorb energy from the conductor when a current is flowing (i.e. when music

— August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

High Fidelity, The Miraculous Invention

High Fidelity, The Miraculous Invention

Audio or high fidelity has been a miraculous invention. If you need to understand why, read Steppenwolf. We audiophiles are at the forefront of a revolution written about by Larry Klein, in Stereo Review, over a quarter century ago. We believe that, if we can create the right conditions, the original reality can be recreated at will. Today we recreate auditory information, tomorrow information for all the senses.

Audio or high fidelity has been a miraculous invention. If you need to understand why, read Steppenwolf. We audiophiles are at the forefront of a revolution written about by Larry Klein, in Stereo

Tony Federici — August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Physics Tutorial 1: Coulomb's Law & Electrostatics

Physics Tutorial 1: Coulomb's Law & Electrostatics

Atoms are composed of three particles with an electric charge: electrons, protons and uncharged neutrons. Electrons have a negative charge, and protons have a positive charge. The negative charge of the electron has the same magnitude, or amount of charge, as the positive charge of the proton.

Atoms are composed of three particles with an electric charge: electrons, protons and uncharged neutrons. Electrons have a negative charge, and protons have a positive charge. The negative charge of

Mike Duda — August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Rubbing the Snake Oil Out of Speaker Cables

Rubbing the Snake Oil Out of Speaker Cables

If we purchase expensive and more sophisticated speaker cables, we should expect improve audio reproduction, right? Digital audio, amplifier and speaker technology is now very sophisticated, and just by listening we can detect their contribution to improved audio reproduction.

If we purchase expensive and more sophisticated speaker cables, we should expect improve audio reproduction, right? Digital audio, amplifier and speaker technology is now very sophisticated, and just

Mike Duda — August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

The Truth About Spiral Shield Cables

The Truth About Spiral Shield Cables

Normally when a spiral shield is used on a cable it is for one of three reasons, increased flexibility, ease of termination, or reduced manufacturing costs...

Normally when a spiral shield is used on a cable it is for one of three reasons, increased flexibility, ease of termination, or reduced manufacturing costs...

— August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Transmission Line Effects in Video Cables

Transmission Line Effects in Video Cables

We established a pretty good foundation of the important metrics governing component video cables in our Component Video Cable Definitive Guide article. However, we recently stumbled on some very poorly designed component video cables which according to the manufacturer are best suited for audio and video applications because of minimization of "eddy currents" and a host of other unproven pseudo sciences contained herein.

We established a pretty good foundation of the important metrics governing component video cables in our Component Video Cable Definitive Guide article. However, we recently stumbled on some very

— August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

SilverSmith Audio Cables Interview

SilverSmith Audio Cables Interview

Jeffrey Smith from SilverSmith Audio was nice enough to engage in an informative interview about his cable philosophies and the "science" behind them...

Jeffrey Smith from SilverSmith Audio was nice enough to engage in an informative interview about his cable philosophies and the "science" behind them...

— August 29, 2004 20:00 in Audio Video Cables

Audio Cables - Science or Religion?

Audio Cables - Science or Religion?

It is interesting that audio is the exclusive field where cables have been so hotly debated. It seems to be the only field where science and engineering practices, along with common sense, are almost completely ignored by many cable vendors and audio forum cult hobbyists. We recently added a Youtube video discussing the myths that lead people to believe the more you spend, the better the sound.

Audiophile cables are surrounded by slick marketing designed to convince audiophiles that they will improve the sound of their hifi system. We discuss the myths and what really matters in cables.

— August 29, 2004 19:00 in Audio Video Cables