For many years it has actually been well known in home audio that the cables used can have quite a significant influence on a sound system, for better and worse. Select the best cables, and you can expect a system to come to life, while at the same time choosing poorly developed cables, and you might forever be wondering why everyone else’s sound systems sound much better.
Car audio nevertheless, has actually been quite a different story – to say the least. While many companies still use coaxial adjoin cables, most have actually come to realize that the basic twisted pair design provides far better sound rejection in an automobile. And after that … Nothing. That’s it. Development seems to have actually hit a brick wall at the protected twisted pair interconnect in car audio. This begs the question; Should Cars Have High-End Audio Cables?
Home Audio Versus Car Audio
To begin with, let’s briefly go back to take a look at home audio. After several years of a rather grueling uphill battle, the idea that cables make a difference in audio quality has finally ended up being a mainstream ideology among audiophiles. But it isn’t merely audiophiles alone that can hear the distinction between the sounds from good cables versus low-quality cables. In our experience, the distinctions can be heard by pretty much any person, even on very modest audio systems. All it takes is a willingness to dispose of any preconceived notions, the ability to have an open mind and the desire to sit down and really listen to some music.
So, if your choice of cables make a notable difference in home audio, then is there a good reason that it should not matter in car audio? The simple and straightforward response is no, they matter for both places.
The following lays out some of the reasons cables matter just as much, if not more, in car audio.
Audio Cable Length– Longer Cables Typically Do More Sonic Damage
Many people are under the mistaken impression that car audio utilizes shorter cables than home audio, and therefore does not need to trouble with high fidelity cables. This is completely inaccurate. While the common adjoin length in a home audio system is somewhere around the ballpark of 1 meter, vehicles will frequently use 5 or 6 meter interconnects to put amplifiers in the trunk of the car. In terms of speaker cables, car audio generally utilizes cables longer than the 6-8 feet used in a lot of home audio setups.
Environment– Cables Are Affected By Their Environment
Vehicles represent a far more challenging environment for cables than house audio systems. Two typical sources of noise in cables are Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI). In automobiles, the entire chassis is often utilized as the ground return path. This allows sound from cars and truck components such as the alternator to be inducted into the audio cables via EMI. In terms of RFI, unless correct protecting is used, the longer cables in automobiles will serve as antennas and pull in more sound. A third source of noise in a vehicle is vibration. This is of course far worse in a car than in a home system. Pear Cable is the first company to release a car audio cable that virtually gets rid of the noise triggered by cable vibration. The TRIBODeadÔ innovation present in the Comice Silver Interconnect is an electrically conductive plastic layer that prevents fixed electrical charges, caused by vibration, from developing in the cable.
Is Quality Sound Just for Home Audio or does it have a Place in Car Audio Too?
Some individuals feel that a car audio sound system will never be as good as a home audio system, and therefore high fidelity cables are a waste of cash in an automobile. The attributes of bad audio cables (listening fatigue, bad realism, overly brilliant treble, or basic sound) will all still be audible in a car audio system. Just like home audio, the cheaper and not as well manufactured cables in your vehicle will kill the listening experience.
At the end of the day, many people want high-quality sound in their cars. If you are installing an aftermarket system in yours and you appreciate sound quality, you should take some time to compare your choices in cables. However, if you are just thinking about having the loudest automobile speakers, without regards to accuracy or quality, then high fidelity audio cables most likely aren’t for you. To me, it just does not make sense to shell out large amounts of cash on high-quality amplifiers and speakers, to hook all of it up with mediocre-at-best wire.