Quality of cables for separates?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by RJS, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. RJS

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    It looks like I'll be changing from an A/V receiver to separates later this month. This being my first experience with separates, how good should the cables be between the Pre/Pro and Amp?
    Should they be on par with the analog cables used for your CD player? Also, should all 5 cables be the same for a 5ch Amp? Just thinking logically, it seems silly to have good interconnects for your CD, DVD, and even VCR, and then pass that signal to the Amp in a lower quality cable, but I could be wrong.

    I'm one of those who believes that good cables do make a difference. I've always been a believer of the 15-20% rule - if you have a $1000 CD player = interconnects somwehere in the $150-$200 range. I know there are those who disagree, and I respect their opinion, but I wouldn't spend $1000 on a CD player to have a set of $25 interconnects hold it back. :)
    Should this philosophy hold true with the separates as well?
    By the way, I don't know if it matters, but it looks like the separates will be a Rotel RSP-976 Pre/Pro and RMB-1095 Amp.
    Thanks to all on this board who gave input and very useful advice. Any suggestions on the cable thing?

    Thanks for the help.

    RJ
     
  2. JDC

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    RJS,


    As you say, these matters boil down to personal opinion, but I use the same pre/pro & pwr combination and have experimented with 3 cables (all of which were phono). There are no two ways about it, with decent mid-range kit like the Rotels, cable differences do show themselves in 5-ch. Just a question of whether you can hear them or are bothered by them.

    I found a noticeable difference between cables costing £18 'per channel' and those at around £35 p/c. I also used some costing £85 p/c & whilst there was a moderate difference in tautness of low-end and expanded upper-mid range, it was very slight & to my mind did not justify the price jump. FYI, for a bit of fun, I borrowed some Kimber cables that were worth about 5 times the combined value of the components they connected... sounded damned nearly the same as the £85 p/c !

    Basically, go to your dealer & borrow a selection of interconnects (if they know you well enough you won't need to leave a deposit) & see which ones flick yer bean.
     
  3. Lowrider

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    I believe you should use the same cables for all the 5 channels.

    I also got infected with the cable "mania" and tried many different interconnects up to 200 pounds a pair, in the end I settled for the Ecosse Composer, 30 pounds a pair, they sounded, to me, very close to the most expensive I tried.

    But there are indeed big differences among cables, and it doesn´t depend on the price, I have the TAG AV32R processor with Rotel amps.
     

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