Speaker cable theory – things that do not affect the sound quality

There are alot of diffent speaker cables out there and as many different price ranges… But what are the difference betweet thoses cable and why does some cables sound better that the other?

There are a few things that matters when talking about the sound quality in a speaker cable, but also a whole bunch of things that doesn’t matter… Here I’ll list some of the thing that hasn’t been scientificalliy proven to improve the sound quality.

  1. The Lenth of the Cable.

There seems to be a Common misunderstanding, that the speaker cables need to be the same lenght for both speakers for the signal to arrive at the same time. Though it is true, that the signal Will arrive faster to the speaker with the short cable, the difference is so smal, that you would NOT be able to hear it.
Electrons move through the cable almost with the speed of light. That’s 3e8 m/s. In a 10 meter cable it’ll only take 33 nano seconds to travel the distance. A 20 kHz tone takes 50 mikro second to travel the same distance. You will not be able to hear that difference.

  1. The direction
    1. Some manufacturers claim it makes a difference which way the cable turns… It doesn’t! The electrons will “flow” as good either way in the same material.
  2. The Cable need to be clean material
    1. The Cabel only needs low resistance – it doesn’t matter if its 99.999999 % clean”. You only need a cable with substantial Gauge.
  3. The cable should be made of none corrosive material.
    1. This has to do with the high frequency signals. Thou it is true, that hign frequece travel along the edges of the materiale, and therefore theoretically cloud be affected by corrotion of the cable, the depth and the seize of the electrons makes this irrelevant.


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