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Better to connect an Audioengine D1 with a quality 10m RCA cable or a 1m cheap one?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi 

 

Just got an Audioengine D1 DAC/headphone amp and am hooking it up to my speakers. I have two RCA cables on hand, a high quality 10m cable and a cheap 1m cable that came with some old DVD player. The D1 is sitting on a desk next to the speakers so the quality 10m cable is way longer than needed and I'm worried about potential signal degradation and lag, the 1m cable on the other hand is just the right size but its cheap, still the signal is having to travel a much shorter distance.

 

Any advice?

post #2 of 6

The cheap cable should be just fine.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks

 

Out of curiosity would using the 10m cable make any difference at all?

post #4 of 6

It may depending on impedance, shielding, and loss of voltage per unit length, but in the end as long as the short cable works and sounds fine the longer cable may prove to me more of a hindrance than a benefit.

 

Why not test it for yourself since you have both cables?  Tell us what you find.

post #5 of 6

The problem with a 10 m cable is it MAY have too much capacitance, it is possible that you may get some high frequency filtering or high frequency losses from a cable this long.

 

It really depends on the cable capacitance and the input impedance of the load.  Like our esteemed colleague said, try it and see.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hmm difficult to say... One thing that jumps out at me with the longer cable is that the D1s audio knob has to be turned more to the right in order to achieve the same volume. Here is the cable in question by the way 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0044YCDMG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00

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