Audio File: The music runs through it

Don’t overlook the importance of well-designed audio cables in a serious system

Taylor
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Neil Sullivan is one of my favorite area guitarists, and he just released a single called “27,” which marks his breakout as a solo artist.

I got to know his playing style a few years back, when I recorded his band Intuit for Colorado Daily’s recording project, Second Story Garage (check us out on YouTube). A master of the subtle touch, I loved his six-stringed contribution in the band’s repertoire as much as his smooth-as-butter voice. You’ll know what I mean as soon as you fire up the new one, which has fantastic production quality, by the way.

Check out “27” on Spotify, iTunes et al, and stay tuned at neilsullivanmusic.com for more info and new tracks.

Cable matters

There’s a certain type of person out there in Internet land who wraps himself in the warm blanket of skepticism as he logs into his favorite audio forum each day, before proceeding to smack down “misconceptions” like a Dave & Buster’s patron whacking moles.

If someone — anyone — dares ask on “his” forum whether better cables make a difference in an audio system, he will leap at the chance to cut and paste his skeptic wrath until that poster gives in, crying uncle.

In this installment of my “symptoms of a serious audio system” series, we’re tackling what some consider a sticky subject: specialized audio signal and speaker cables.

I won’t spend much more space on Internet guy, but 10 times out of 10, this fellow’s experiences in hi-fi audio have brought him to hear a well-operated cable swap demonstration on an excellent, resolving system exactly never.

Why do I feel confident saying this? Because I have had the immense luck to hear something in the range of 100 to 150 different specialized, audiophile cables from at least 60 different brands, all on the same system that never changes and that I’ve grown very used to.

There’s no way Mr. Internet Hothead looks up and sees a green sky, just like there’s no way what I’ve experienced over many years is false. There is no subjectivity here — cables do make a difference, and they sometimes can make a huge difference.

The high-end cable industry may owe its start to a company called Monster, but what Monster did, besides barely scratching the surface of what’s possible through a little bit of R&D (and a hell of a lot of marketing), is convince audiophiles that cables should receive the same attention as the rest of the system.

This is going to be at least a two-parter, as it is a thick subject with plenty of available data. Speaking of which, if you are interested in digging into the science behind modern cable technology, I have some recommended reading for you. Google “Copper Magazine Cables: RCA.” The first link should direct you to Boulder’s own PS Audio, which published a wonderful series of articles from the senior project manager of the world’s largest cable company, Belden. Read up, and we’ll continue next week.


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