Cable choices for audio

If you are of an audiophile nature, you will know that probably the most important component aside from the ‘separates’ are the interconnecting leads and audio output speaker cables. 

It does not matter the level of audio playback devices you have, whether it is an entry level run of the mill solution or a full on purest system utilising a valve amp, the speakers are the specialist important output bits that you actually hear, the signal can easily get disrupted en route…

As is the same with the HIFI components, you can spend relatively little or a good ransom on these audio delights, some components can be cost many thousands of pounds EACH, with a few of those units not being able to connect with ‘rival’ firms hardware, which totally goes against the grain in the age old universal interconnectivity of HIFIs and their ‘separate’ components.

We are gonna keep it simple here and not go into the silly expensive lines of hardware but rather rely and reference the still awesome classes of off the shelf mid range components such as Denon, TEAC (being panasonic), Cambridge Audio and other long time trusted hardware. I have always gone with Denon, pretty much.

 I first discovered ‘proper’ separates with a Technics ‘silver front’ system, the tuner was particularly good in that it could pick up many pirate radio stations, OK, I did have an omni-directional roof mounted aerial, but still, it could pick up A LOT, including the police (before encrypted comms) and chatter from the space station..yes, really. I did have another tuner connected to the same aerial prior and it could not get half the transmissions comparatively.

We have divulged a little off-piste now, so let’s get back to the audio leads and speaker sound output side of things.

When you set up your HIFI, or add additional individual components to it, you only need to source as many cables as is required for the units that the system encompasses at that point. Looking at this; it is very much worth acquiring mid range cables if you can. There is no reason not to use cheap cables but bear in mind that they are made from the cheapest wire and connections which are very seldomly shielded against exterior interference.

Kuyiohifi offers a Dual Shielded 2RCA Male to 2RCA Male Stereo Audio, this is a one meter cable but other lengths are available, for the price this cable is great with gold plated interconnects and a braided cable for strength. The product link is

So that is the hifi interconnects sorted, oh should you need an optical cable link (say from your smart TV to AV amplifier,  Kuyohifi has available these leads, too. A 1-meter length cable is at with a 3-meter choice from 

Now to the last link in the audio chain, the actual speaker cables. Now you could, and I have, dismantled standard electrical cables, then using the live and neutral cables to connect to the speakers and amp. This works of course but as the cable is not balanced, not really made of the right stuff or shielded adequately – the audio signal will just not be correct and it is possible to introduce interference into the speaker output ranging from a mild hum to distortion in some cases and surrounding environments.

It is best then to put in place a proper and long lasting solution, I like the KabelDirekt range, an all round 15m option that can be cut down to length and is available from for a good price, it utilizes oxygen free wire and is clear sheathed so you can see the lovely copper cable inside 🙂

I do hope this has assisted you with your cabling requirements or steered you in the right direction, it is worth getting the proper components as you will live with your system for some years and would not want to waste good audio output (and speakers) because of cutting corners with the cabling.