All cables erase information... The best audio cables, they do it less!

Few topics related to Hi-Fi and video playback give rise to more controversy than the question of the influence of cables and interconnects on perceived sound quality.

Audio cables cannot add anything to the information that is stored on a recorded medium, but they can cause differences in the way in which, during subsequent playback, the recording is listened to and these differences may not necessarily correspond to improvements.

For example, a sound that initially seemed dynamic and fast could actually be fatiguing and annoying if the listening session lasted too long.

Just as, at the opposite end of the audio frequency spectrum, a cable with an impressive bass hit may appear feeble in the behaviour of high frequency detail.

During a listening test to evaluate the differences between cables, enthusiasts and potential buyers should always consider the fact that, if during the comparative test some more or less detail has been grasped, which had not previously been noticed, it could be a positive thing, but there could also be a real possibility that a detail that was originally just hinted at the ears of the sound engineer who recorded the song has been highlighted in a false way!

In order to carry out listening tests, the current must necessarily be clean, otherwise the interferences that arrive at the input of the devices will compromise the quality of the sound. Atlas produces a special power transformer that cleans the electrical current, but a cheaper solution is also to adopt quality power cables, such as our Atlas Eos.

Any weak points in the audio chain, such as low quality current at the input, a low resolving power amplifier or speakers, or a source that does not receive a clean signal, would completely frustrate the qualities of the cable and prevent significant listening tests.

In Atlas Cables the goal of sound engineers is to make products that express, with the utmost precision, all the information in the recording, without ever turning to artificiality or overemphasis.

All Atlas Cables ensure excellent soundstage focus, with a distinct sense of three-dimensionality, resolution and detail will improve the quality of most amplifiers, CD players and speakers.

For more information on this subject, please read our considerations on the importance of the Right Connection.

Caveat Emptor! ("buyer, be on guard!")

The differences in the sound reproduced by a system when using different hifi audio cables cannot be fully explained by current measurement techniques, even when these differences are clearly perceptible. The human ear is still the best "test tool" we have available to evaluate the performance of a system. Listening is subjective and subjectivity inevitably leads to amusing claims about cables by sellers and subsequent complaints by critics. However, yours is the only opinion (after all) that matters when you listen to music in your home.

Good news! There is a correlation between audio cable design and quality

Cable capacitance, resistance and inductance are important qualities that influence the overall performance of the system, but other aspects of the design that are often forgotten are also fundamental, such as the internal arrangement of the cable, the type of conductor and its degree of purity, the dielectric material used (attenuation properties, etc.) and the construction of the plug and connectors.

These are the three main factors that contribute to the quality of the interconnect:

1. Conductive material specifications.

2. Specifications of insulation material.

3. Connector design and materials used.

In the next guides we will go into more detail on each of these important elements.

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