Long multiplication. We learn through experience. Through doing. Over and over. It’s only much later that some of us begin to understand what’s going on inside the long multiplication algorithm and why it works. Many of us don’t. We simply trust in the process. Our trust derived from past experience.
Audio cables are not too different. We learn through experience that different cables bring different audible results. We might never understand why they sound different/better. We trust in the process. A trust, once again derived from past experience.
And so with zero experience behind us, our first steps with cables (and long multiplication) are often the most challenging.
What to buy to replace phone wire or lamp cord? My own experience tells me that hardware store-bought loudspeaker cable sounds flat and lifeless next to my present choice: AudioQuest’s Rocket 88. Worth it – but it’d be deeply uncool of me be complacent about the €1150 needed for a 3-meter pair. (Rocket 44 and Rocket 33 sell for less).
AudioQuest’s all-new Rocket 11 loudspeaker cable, announced this week, is a more affordable descendent. According to the press release, Rocket 11 uses “Long-Grain Low-Distortion Copper (LGC)”, “Semi-solid true-concentric conductors” and is “Direction controlled for optimum noise dissipation”. Coming off the spool at €15/metre (in either black or white), a 3-metre pair will ring the high street dealer’s cash register at less than a hundred Euros.
Those looking for a little extra performance can opt for the similarly new Rocket 22 loudspeaker (€25/metre) that specifies larger conductors and “a blend of LGC and Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC)” for 20% lower impedance than Rocket 11. A 3-metre pair of Rocket 22 can be yours for €150.
And for those unaccustomed to pushing bare wire into the binding posts found on the back of their amplifier and loudspeakers, AudioQuest offers banana plug and spade lug terminations. Ask your dealer for SureGrip 100 Series or 300 Series.
Further information: AudioQuest