Originally Posted by monstosity12
I was re doing my room and noticed I was still using the supplied RCA cables included with my Denon 3800.
Would it benefit me to upgrade to something that is better quality and better shielded? Or is this basically the same thing as speaker cables, snake oil.
I just saw this thread and your post and thought I'd share my experience, despite the fact that it may incur some dissent.
I have a modest, mid-high-end system. I have used three different 2m interconnect cables to connect my preamp to my power ampsTara Labs Quantum 4, Kimber Hero, and Audioquest King Cobra (the most expensive at $329; I'm not convinced it's necessary to spend more than that). I used a particular track on one of my CDs, "The Strife is O'er" from For God and Country: Forty Great Hymns of Joy and Celebration
. This is a CD of organ, brass and percussion. I focused on the bass pedals of the organ where they come in during second half of the track most strongly. Each interconnect handled the bass differently.
I don't say one cable was better
than the other, just that they handled the organ's bass differently with this track. They are, at least outwardly, different; probably constructed differently inside as well. If measurements were taken, I think they'd measure differently. Even if not, the fact remains one aspect of the sound was noticeably different with each cable. And this was an unintentional test, as a new system configuration and a TV stand not designed for the equipment I have necessitated new interconnects; the Tara Labs, my original cable, isn't made anymore (ca. early 90's).
So I'd say that yes, there can be differences in cables, but one need not spend a fortune on them. Blue Jeans or Monoprice cables may suit you (I use BJC video cable and have no complaint). Plus, I think the real difference (if any) will be made at the back end of the chain. I've yet to be convinced that interconnects from source to preamp will matter as much.