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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

More psychological than real, people would probably not know the difference between speaker wire lengths in a blind test. However, as Audiophiles, we are neurotic group, so a no go.

I think interconnects are as important as speaker cables, but as long as low inductance on speaker cables and low capacitance on interconnects, things should be good, without spending a fortune.

Audiophile cabling can be a crazy thing.

Same length cables

One of the often asked questions concerns speaker cable lengths. Should they be identical?

For some reason, we rarely ask the same question about interconnects. Interconnects feel like a pair and I have never seen anyone use them otherwise. But, speaker cables? All the time I see differing lengths of speaker cables.

I succumbed to this oddness at several points in my long audio journey, and each time I found myself squirming in the listening chair, uncomfortable in the knowledge one speaker was different than the other.

Here’s the thing. Of all the analog interconnects in your system, speaker cables have the most impact on sound quality. The interactions between speaker and power amplifier are complex, forming a type of network that impacts the audio. So, while it might feel wrong to have to coil up the speaker cables for one speaker, while the other channel sits in a proper straight-line connection between amp and speaker, you’re better off with two equal lengths.

Where cables are concerned, symmetrical lengths rule the day.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Short and sweet

Why is short sweet, and simple better?

Are we averse to complexity or do we simply object to clutter?

When I want to grasp a concept or understand a new idea, it’s always helpful to drill past the particulars until I can reach the core of meaning. In this way, I can wrap my head around something complex without drowning in details.

Of course, it is the details that make the whole work. Change one of them and the outcome is different. For example, modeling a power amplifier as a representative block within a system assumes the perfect device. If we’re trying to make a judgment about what speaker cables should work in the system we’re likely not taking into account the details of the amp driving those cables: damping factor, power bandwidth, etc.

Yet, it is those very details that often get the best of us when we sit down to listen.

Short and simple are indeed sweet, but it’s the details that often tell the story.

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