Why High-Quality Speaker Wire & Audio Cables Matter

It’s always been a hotly debated topic in the audio community: How much do cables affect a system’s performance? Audio cables have traditionally fallen into two camps. On one side, you have the elitist products that are sold with outlandish promises about performance to justify exorbitant prices most people wouldn’t or can’t consider. On the other side, you have the most basic and feature-less Point A to Point B cables made with the cheapest possible components that keep your system from reaching its true sonic potential.

Speaker and interconnect cables should serve two key functions: to pass the audio signal with absolute purity at full fidelity and to reject interference that can add noise to the signal. A high quality cable lets your system perform its best, while remaining faithful to the source material. It can elevate your system’s performance by revealing tighter, better defined bass and exquisite imaging, while improving transient response, dynamic resolution and accuracy, across the frequency spectrum. The enhancement from cables is often described as an added depth or complexity to the sound.

When considering cables, it’s important to look at the quality of the materials, the physical design, and the engineering processes used during assembly. A recipe for great speaker or interconnect cables includes:

– Dielectric shielding for insulation, noise rejection and single purity
– Precision metal stranding of cable wires to maximize strength and ductility
– Oxygen free 99.99% copper for high dynamic range and pristine signal transfer
– Ultra high bandwidth and ultra-low capacitance
– Highest quality materials for secure connection and long life

Achieving signal purity and rejecting interference does not require pseudoscientific technology stories. With SVS SoundPath Speaker and Interconnect cables, you get all the performance, technology, and build quality you’d expect from the world’s finest cables, at a fraction of the price. You also get the benefit of our Sound Experts support to answer questions about concealing cables, bi-amping, banana plugs versus spades, and any other challenges that might confront you.

Speaker and interconnect cables perform a very important role so it’s worth looking for quality from a name you trust, but it’s not worth overpaying for what could amount to minimal or nonexistent improvements in sound quality.

If you’re interested in learning more about speaker cables, check out our article about Debunking Audio Cable Myths.


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