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Should I get good quality RCA cables to connect my DAC to my speakers?

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Hello all,

 

Is it worth the investment to get good quality RCA cables to connect my DAC to my speakers?  I have read some forums and it seems to be a bit of a maybe type thing.  I am currently using some generic RCA cables and they work fine, but was curious on peoples experiences with good quality RCA cables.  Please advise.  Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 15

While many of the freebee cables are just this side of junk, once you reach the monoprice or BlueJeans quality level you are 99.999 % of the way there.

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Is it worth the investment to get good quality RCA cables to connect my DAC to my speakers?  I have read some forums and it seems to be a bit of a maybe type thing.  I am currently using some generic RCA cables and they work fine, but was curious on peoples experiences with good quality RCA cables.  Please advise.  Thanks in advance!

Monoprice sells low cost "Premiun" cables.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!  Appreciate the support.  Monoprice it is!

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Absolutely I'm not a Cablefile but there IS a difference. You can clearly hear this on the low end
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I went from a common copper strand IC to a SPC ribbon and noticed a cleaner and more dynamic presentation. I think there are differences in cables sound but you need to do some testing to determine what your components need to make the sound you prefer.

I was fortunate to have been given access to several ICs in the beginner range to try at home. Once I chose the one I liked the best, I was given access to a few in the higher range. I really liked the Nordost Blue Heaven so I tried the Red Dawn's and that's what I ended up with.
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Monoprice sells low cost "Premiun" cables.
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While many of the freebee cables are just this side of junk, once you reach the monoprice or BlueJeans quality level you are 99.999 % of the way there.

+1

I like the Blue Jeans cables for better build quality (it's like pro grade level), but the Monoprice premium will get you where you need to go on SQ and are solidly built. Unless you have very high end equipment, putting a lot of money into cables may result in minimal--if any--improvement. Better to save your money for more expensive headphones and/or electronics. smily_headphones1.gif
post #8 of 15

you should - depending on cables. these are worth every cent, to me.

 

you should not change a generic cables with another similar or worse generic one. doesn't make sense.

 

monoprice & blue jeans cables be damned.

post #9 of 15

I personally wouldn't put Monoprice and Blue Jeans Cables in the same category.  I have been purchasing Blue Jeans and Monoprice for years. Whereas you can generally never go wrong with a BJC cable, that is not true of Monoprice at least in my experience with analog RCAs. Digital another animal.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback guys!  I now have a baseline and I learned something new.  Time to shop :).  

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I recently upgraded to an Audioquest Forest cable. Even though it's the most low-end in Audioquest's line, I immediately noticed an improvement over the Monoprice cables I had been using. Monoprice are definitely the best cheap cables you can find, but I now swear by high-end cables.  Inexpensive audiophile cables are a great low-cost investment to your system. I really want to try Blue Jeans cables now :)

post #12 of 15

From my experience with analog stereos, cables do make a difference at all stages.  If you want to get some interesting reading, check out MIT Cables  www.mitcables.com and read their variety of white papers.

 

Obviously, cost is an issue, but MIT does have cables at different price points.


I have been a long time fan of MIT for years and have positive experiences with their products.  What they are doing is essentially putting in passive networks to make as neutral of a cable as possible.  They also have a USB cable that goes from USB A to USB B cable for the connection between the computer and an outboard USB DAC.  I just ordered it so I should be recieving the product in a day or two and I have to allow it to have a couple of days of burn in.


But, yes, cables do make a difference, but sometimes for the worse.  When transmitting analog signals, not all cables are actually transferring the entire frequency spectrum at equal levels, so some frequencies that are being hindered willl make the cable sound differently.  This goes for interconnects and speaker cables.


Depending on which cable you get and the rest of the audio chain will determine if and how much difference you will hear, but ultimately we want the cable to not alter the signal in terms of transmitting frequencies differently that can make the audio sound harsh, dull, etc.

 

What I suggest is go to MIT's web site and read the white papers.  It might take a few readings to allow the information to sink in and they also have a nice video explaining this that is also helpful, and then it's a matter of picking the right cables for your needs.

 

http://www.mitcables.com/publications/articles/technical-whitepapers.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgK87tmRVeY

post #13 of 15
So, any feedback on purchases? Anybody.
post #14 of 15
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I ended up going with the Monoprice cables.  I noticed sound was clearer but I am a noob, so not sure my feedback is that great...lol.  But the cables are sturdy and pretty cost effective.  Shipping was more expensive than the cables...lol.  But I think it sounds a bit better.  My gut tells me that maybe higher end cables might sound even more amazing.  My two cents.  

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I ended up going with the Monoprice cables.  I noticed sound was clearer but I am a noob, so not sure my feedback is that great...lol.  But the cables are sturdy and pretty cost effective.  Shipping was more expensive than the cables...lol.  But I think it sounds a bit better.  My gut tells me that maybe higher end cables might sound even more amazing.  My two cents.  

 

Yup, Monoprice are pretty good for cheap cables.  But, you know, there's always something better... :rolleyes: but it's all what sounds good to you.

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