The Best-Sounding Speaker Cables

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The Best-Sounding Speaker Cables
Choose the right speaker cable to get the best from your audio system. (hi-fi music 4 image by Pavel Losevsky from

If you want to improve the sound produced by your Hi-Fi system, invest in some top-quality speaker cables. Using cheap cables can make even high-end systems sound like bargain-basement units. Don't compromise on your audio set-up --- make sure you purchase the best-quality speaker cables your budget allows, but make sure the cables you buy can deliver the performance you want.

Van den Hul D-352 Hybrid

These halogen-free cables from van den Hul have silver-coated, matched crystal strands that conform to the OFC -- Oxygen Free Copper -- standard, supplied with a flexible insulating jacket available in metallic brown only. Connections to speakers are made using either 4mm or 8.3mm bus-type connectors. Screw-on speaker connectors are available; however, van den Hul has its own in-house soldering service, at an additional cost, which they recommend to maintain audio quality.

Cardas Audio Clear Beyond

U.S.-patented Cardas cables are designed to minimise signal loss and reduce harmonic resonance. Each cable is drawn using diamond dies in a hydrogen-rich atmosphere, both techniques reduce cable impurities. The cable is immediately sheathed in urethane enamel to prevent corrosion, and each cable is terminated by hand. As the name implies, Clear Beyond is designed to go beyond the demands of any audio set-up, and was winner of the Hi Fi+ Audio Product of the Year award in 2009.

JPS Labs Aluminata

This cable has the world's first Particle Aluminum Shield, which blocks all noise frequencies from entering the cable and contaminating the signal. The shield adds considerably to the cable's weight at one-and-a-half pounds per meter, yet is extremely flexible. The cable itself is formed from a mix of metals into a patent-pending alloy called Alumiloy, designed to exceed the demands of audio components. WBT banana and spade-type connectors are standard on the Aluminata cable.

Ultimate Cables C4 Speaker Cables

Gold-plated spade or banana connectors terminate the ends of these cables -- you can choose to have either, or a mixture of both. Each of the four 12-gauge wires per cable is coated with Teflon and available in lengths of six feet (standard) to 12 feet maximum. Ultimate Cables is located in Canada, and aims to produce the best-quality cables available.

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