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New products in the catalogue Ricable: USB cables, AES/EBU and Jack variants

Last week we summarized in an article what have been the improved versions of some Ricable cables released recently. Today we want to summarize what's new in the Ricablecatalogue. We refer to the USB cables, anticipated by the only sample of the Magnus series, but with the cables of the Dedalus and Invictus series coming soon; to the AES/EBU cables, already available in the three series Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus; and to the Jack cables, present in the catalog also with the 6.3 mm connector and with relative extensions.

USB Cables

USB cables have become an object of daily use. But what is their function in Hi-Fi? USB cables in Hi-Fi are used to carry a digital signal between a personal computer and a DAC, usually. The quality of technique and materials of the USB cables Ricable allows to obtain great results compared to a standard cable (and not only) especially if the source file has a lossless data compression. According to the tests we've carried out with the USB cable Magnus, the improvement is perceivable even in PCM and, even, with compressed formats, such as MP3.

Magnus USB

Always taking into consideration the USB cable Magnus, the least valuable - although of very high level - among those present in the catalogue Ricable, we have performed computer tests to understand its limit. The Magnus USB goes well beyond the 2.0 certification (which guarantees a signal up to 5 m). We ran tests with a Hi-Fi DAC with 96kHz audio files and a very simple passive pen drive. The result is impressive. We were able to connect the DAC up to a distance of 30m, playing 96kHz files. With the passive device, which has no auxiliary power supply and has to receive power from the cable, we were able to go up to 25 metres connected to a direct USB port on the PC.

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AES/EBU Cables

AES/EBU is also a standard format for digital audio, used to interface different devices together. In Hi-Fi, it is mainly used to connect digital sources to the DAC. Some high-end devices enjoy the possibility of connection with a 110 ohm XLR cable, which improves transmission performance over the classic RCA coaxial (the analogue equivalents). The AES/EBU cables Ricable are subdivided in the three classic series: Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus, with a progressive increase in the quality of materials and construction technique.

The key to a good AES/EBU cable is that it maintains as close to optimum 110 ohms as possible for as long as possible. In this sense, even the cable that would be the least valuable of the three, the one belonging to the Magnus series - still outstanding, does a great job.

Jack 3.5 and 6.3 cables

This is a line of professional connection and headphone cables based on Magnus Signal. The Ricable Jack cables are ideal for connecting or extending high-end headphones, microphones, mixers and other high quality equipment; they are also great for some musical instruments that have 3.5 mm or 6.3 mm Jack connections. The cable Magnus Jack 3.5 is, in fact, an old acquaintance of all our most loyal customers. However, we have added variants of this cable to our catalogue, all exclusively for the Magnus series.

Magnus RCA Jack

The first is the Jack 3.5 cable extension, which is joined by the Jack 6.3 cable and its extension. The other very interesting addition is the Jack 3.5 / RCA cable. If you want to visit the pages dedicated to each new product line, with more details on both technical specifications and prices, just click the button dedicated to each new entry in the catalogue Ricable.

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The cables Ricable Invictus Speaker, Magnus Speaker and Magnus Power available in an updated version

The product catalog Ricable is always on the verge of not only getting richer (even on Custom, see heat shrink tubing), but also to improve. 2020 was a year full of complications related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop us from perfecting three of our customers' most beloved products. We're referring to Invictus Speaker, which earned the Reference designation, and Magnus Speaker and Power, both of which have been upgraded to their MKII versions. With this article on our blog, we want to give a brief summary of not only which products have reached a higher level, but also in what way. Here are the latest updated cables from Ricable.

Invictus Speaker Reference

The base from which Invictus Speaker Reference started was very good. The top of the line Ricable Speaker cable was already high profile in its previous version. Invictus Speaker Reference, according to our tests and the feedback of some of our most loyal customers, goes much further. This is despite the fact that from an aesthetic point of view little has changed; the eye only sees the larger dimensions and the non-magnetic/screened carbon cable separation block. However, it is not so much the shape as the substance that has changed drastically.

The number of conductors increases from 970 to 1,038 wires, which together with the polymer-insulated centre conductor make up each 7.6 mm² hexaphone conductor. The real innovation, however, is in the double dielectric, made with two newly developed R-TEC polymers, capable of decisively improving the dielectric constant and consequently the flow of the audio signal in the form of a low-voltage electrical signal and at the same time favouring the functionality of the semiconductor (RNR Noise Reduction), which has also been improved. Finally, a new insulating material was introduced into the cable in combination with the treated cotton. This operation allowed us to further strengthen the double shielding, without altering the electrical characteristics of the conductors.

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Magnus Speaker MKII

Magnus Speaker has been since its debut a very appreciated product for its high quality/price ratio. So Ricable has decided to improve it further by inserting an aluminium/mylar shielding before the external sheath. This allows to sensibly improve the protection from EMI/RFI interference that can creep into the cable Speaker on the way from the amplifier to the loudspeakers. This feature, combined with the Noise Reduction system, brings the performance of Magnus Speaker closer to its big brothers Dedalus and Invictus.

Magnus Power MKII

The argument for Magnus Power is similar to that made for the Speaker. The components of this series are appreciated, perhaps a little more than the others, for the quality/price ratio. Starting from here, the efforts of Ricable have been projected to make Magnus Power more and more child of the major series. Unlike Magnus Speaker, which was unshielded, Magnus Power already had it. What we have done is to insert a second aluminium/mylar shield before the copper braid. The interference protection here is on the way from the socket to the electronics.

Magnus Power

Ricable, however, doesn't just refine the catalogue, but also expands it. In the next article we'll make a useful summary of the new entries that have seen the light between the end of last year and the beginning of the current one (USB cables, Jack and AES/EBU variants). In the meantime, we refer you to the product pages of the updated cables Ricable . More updates are on the way, regarding Primus and Dedalus Speaker. Happy listening!

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Music at the time of Covid-19

Music at the time of Covid-19. Just over a year has passed since the swab of Mattia Maestri, 38, a resident of Codogno, Lodi, tested positive. From that moment on, nothing has been the same as before and the whole world is grappling with a global pandemic. Still to be eradicated. On the one hand the vaccine, on the other the spread of variants that do not seem more deadly but certainly are more contagious. All this while even our country has been put to the test and is preparing to exceed the psychological threshold of one hundred thousand deaths. How is the music, but also the audiophiles, doing in this complicated historical moment? From the point of view of the passion we nourish for this art, this seems the thing destined to suffer the least. On the contrary. Those who used to spend part of their free time listening to music, now do it even more since they are forced by the circumstances to stay at home. Moreover, more than one customer has told us that he has returned to this passion that had been dormant for some time, always considering the need to stay at home.

Live performances and concerts, which have been practically at a standstill for the past year, are the ones that have suffered. For all the singers (most of them) who are not able to round up with thousands, if not millions, of reproductions on Spotify, YouTube or whoever, the damage (serious) is economic, as well as recreational. Concerts have been replaced by improvised and domestic streaming performances by international stars, alternating with singing performances, much more amateurish, from the balconies of one's own home. In this article, a bit different from the usual, of the blog Ricable, we want to point out some aspects of music at the time of Covid-19 that we will remember for a long time, along with some words that, alas, have entered the common lexicon, such as lockdown.

Music from the balconies, from the terraces

Ennio Morricone
on Piazza Navona

Jacopo Mastrangelo is one of the many who have started to play from their balcony. The fact that he is eighteen years old, that he played Deborah's Theme by Ennio Morricone (from Once Upon a Time in America), that he did it at sunset, in Rome, on an empty Piazza Navona... all this created a mix that led the video to go viral, to be viewed all over Italy and to become synonymous with hope.

Music not to lose traditions

Andrea Bocelli
from the Cathedral for Easter

In the darkest moments it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there must be light at the end of the tunnel. This also passes through the holidays, including Easter, synonymous with rebirth by definition. On Easter Sunday 2020, Andrea Bocelli performed, alone, in the Duomo of Milan. The concert was streamed live worldwide on the YouTube channel, uniting all countries on one solemn day.

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International stars
from home

In order to make up for the absence of live concerts, many artists have decided to stream them. Lady Gaga has promoted a similar initiative ("One World Together at Home") for charity, in favor of of the World Health OrganizationIt brought together Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Lang Lang and John Legend. A group of five stars with a cachet of normally six figures sang The Prayer.

Music that otherwise would not have seen the light

Living in a Ghost Town
of the Rolling Stones

Living in a Ghost Town is the single penned by The Rolling Stones released on April 23, 2020. The single is the group's first unreleased track since 2012 (Bob Dylan also broke an eight-year-long silence with Murder Most Foul). It had been written and composed in the previous year, but the group chose to release it following the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 emergency.

Music to start again

Marco Mengoni
from Piazza Vecchia

A few live performances, to tell the truth, were held, due to the absence of an audience to attend. The last one in order of time that made a particular noise was that of Marco Mengoni, in collaboration with Rai, who sang L'anno che verrà from Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, exactly one year after the moment that changed everything. A song that, listening again, proved to be particularly in tune with the moment.

If it is true that there is no defeat in the heart of those who fight, at the same time the path is often much more important than the goal. So we are sure that even an experience like that of a global pandemic can bring growth and maturation to those who are able to grasp certain aspects of it. As producers of audio cables for high fidelity, our aim is to provide you with supports that can contribute to give you back, in the most authentic way possible, the emotions that your favourite artists would have wanted to transmit to you with their songs. By clicking on the button below, you can have a look at our entire catalogue, which is constantly being updated.

Where to start when changing Hi-Fi cables

The idea of rewiring one's Hi-Fi system may come from many quarters. We may be newbies who are indulging in high fidelity music for the first time. In this case it would be more correct to talk about wiring, then, rather than rewiring. We can be old fashioned audiophiles who, after having put aside their passion for some time, are now recovering it and want to get back to working on their electronics. We can also be enthusiasts who have decided to finally offer an adequate support to the components of their own system, going beyond the cables we find in the big organized distribution. Without exaggerating; the key word, as we've already had occasion to reiterateis "balance". But the question we want to answer today is: where to start when changing Hi-Fi cables?

Which Hi-Fi cable should I change first?

The following indications about where to start changing Hi-Fi cables apply as long as the system has similar level of cabling in each connection. The situation is different if you have already bought some good quality cables. In this case, in fact, the priority of intervention would go without doubt on those that are the weak points, if it is true that it is the weakest link of a chain to measure its strength. Having said that, the first Hi-Fi cable to be replaced ideally does not exist, in the sense that the best solution would be to change them all at the same time. This would also guarantee the continuity of technical and constructive philosophy in every connection between each electronic. Easier said than done, though. For budget reasons, or even for the choice of changing one piece at a time to see the differences, this is, most of the time, not possible.

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So, coming to compromises, we'll have to take the bull by the horns and decide which cable to start from to rewire our Hi-Fi system. Obviously, we are aware that it is always a starting point and we must never be satisfied with a single improvement. Let's imagine that we have to resurface ten kilometres of a road. To be honest, it won't make much difference if we decide to resurface the route starting from the end, or if we choose to resurface the fourth kilometre first, then the seventh, passing through the first and continuing randomly. It may take us a little longer, but the end result will be essentially the same. For a question of directionality of the signal, as well as, maybe, of mental order, it would be anyway preferable to start "from the beginning". The first Hi-Fi cable that we suggest to change, in order of importance, is just the signal one. After all, we're talking about the cable that transfers the signal from the source to the amplifier in most systems, so of central importance.

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How to continue wiring your Hi-Fi system

The second step we recommend is the replacement cable Speaker. All connections are important, especially in order not to create bottlenecks in what is the journey from the power socket to the transformation into sound perceived by the ear. But we feel like saying that, maybe, some cables have a more dominant role. We have written it for the signal cable, now we repeat it for the one Speaker . This is the cable that carries the now amplified signal to the components that will carry it out, and which are responsible for its diffusion. It is the last step before reaching our ears.

Changing the power cables

Now we come to the last of the main cables (signal, power, power supply) that we recommend you change: power cables. Maybe because these aren't important? Absolutely not. We indicate them as those on the last step of the podium in the wiring of the Hi-Fi system for two reasons: because they are so much respect and because they do not intervene directly on the signal, but on the power supply of the electronics. The vast majority of Hi-Fi systems have a signal cable, a Speaker cable and at least a couple of power cables. The higher you go in the hi-fi chain, the more electronics with separate functions in the chain. This means that the number of mains cords we will need will increase. Not exactly the best place to start when considering where to start when changing mains cables. In this respect, the first mains cable we would recommend changing is the power amp cable Speaker , whether integrated or not. Nothing will be as good as trying empirical tests, however: "run" the power cable you have purchased and see for yourself where the benefits will be most obvious.

Conclusion and important clarifications

The high fidelity is a passion that never bores, among other reasons, for the infinite possibilities. In terms of electronics, but also in terms of system configuration, for example. We have already faced the talk about the number of variables in this sense. Then the personal tastes, the songs... you name it. Even when we talk about where to start wiring the Hi-Fi system, the discussion does not end with this article. Some customers have told us that they have rewired their electric system, as well as the cables inside. chestswith surprising results. Today's content is an excellent starting point that will satisfy the request of all those who have a valid Hi-Fi system, even if without esoteric pretensions. So, we just have to suggest you to have a look at our catalogue, to understand where to start filing up your connections!

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Buying Guide: How to choose the right cable for your Hi-Fi system?

You've just discovered the wonderful world of Hi-Fi Audio and you're hit by a myriad of information that, at first, is difficult to distinguish between relevant and useless. It's not easy, but it's probably not that complicated either. So. Let's assume that the separate components that make up the backbone of the vast majority of Hi-Fi systems There are three elements: source, amplifier and speakers. These three elements must be connected with supports of directly proportional value, in order to obtain optimized performances. An inadequate cable would castrate the system, one too much performance would not be harmful but, ultimately, useless at the listening level. Our focus is the wiring of High Fidelity audio electronics, and therefore in this article we will exhaust just the topic: choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for your system.

Hi-Fi cable types

Before we can work out how much money to spend on choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for us, we need to work out what Hi-Fi cables we need. This depends on the structure of the cable (is the source a PC? Or maybe a turntable? Is there a subwoofer?). The macro-categories can be reduced to three:

  • Signal.
  • Power.
  • Power supply.
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The first one is the most varied, so much so that we can subdivide it into two other subcategories: analog signal cables and digital signal cables. In any case, signal cables always serve to move the signal from one device to another. Among the analog we find those:

  • RCA, to carry a signal with an RCA connection in Stereo (Left/Right) mode.
  • XLRwhich are the balanced version for connection between two electronics that have XLR input and output.
  • Phono, for turntables, a variant of the RCA signal cables useful for reproduction on vinyl, one of the few techniques still entirely analogue.
  • Subwoofer, monophonic interconnects designed to enhance the low frequency reproduction of active subwoofers.
  • Jack 3.5, to connect stereophonic High Fidelity devices, with 3.5 mm Jack, 6.3 mm and Jack-RCA connections.

Digital signal cables, on the other hand, are of four different main types, namely:

  • CoaxialsThese carry the digital audio signal at 75 Ohm before it is converted to analogue and then amplified.
  • USB, cables that support one of the most diffused connections in the world and that in Hi-Fi interest mainly the users of liquid music.
  • Optical, more and more in disuse, because for stereophony coaxial are preferred, while in Audio/Video the signal is transported with the HDMI connection.
  • AES/EBU, a 110 Ohm connection with an XLR connection, very performing, but not very widespread.

Let's talk now cables Speakeralso known as speaker cables. These are used to connect the amplifier (integrated or final) to passive acoustic speakers with a signal Speaker , that is the one that has already made the final amplification. There are also power cableswhich are necessary to power any active component and which carry the current to make it work. Finally we find HDMI cablesHowever, for those who own a multichannel system, these are more about High Fidelity Video than Audio.

How much to spend on Hi-Fi cables? How to choose?

It's almost impossible to give an univocal answer, as there are so many variables and not so easily calculable. Just think of the listening room. That's why we give you the possibility to always contact us during working hours, by the means you prefer, in order to give you an advice tailored to you. A superficial estimate, but at the same time very quick, can be the following: for the wiring of an electronic is advisable to spend 10-15% of the list value of the same. Let's make two examples:

  • I have a CD player which I bought, used, for 1,000 €, but whose list value is 1,500 €. If I have to choose the Hi-Fi power cord, the choice could be the Primus series, but also considering the possibility of Magnus.
  • I have a €5,000 amplifier and €10,000 acoustic speakers. If I need a Speaker cable to connect the two electronics, considering the total value (15,000 €), the right choice could be Invictus Speaker.

We repeat once again that this type of reasoning is in any case summary. Just think about one of the elements we mostly consider when evaluating a purchase: the quality/price ratio. In case your product has a definitely high quality/price ratio, you might think to get a cable of a higher series than what the two examples above would say. On the contrary, in case you have paid a lot for your turntable player but, alas, it's not that performing, it is not necessarily worth spending more for the cabling.

In medio stat virtus

Mind you. It won't do any harm to wire a mediocre system in an amazing way (if not for your wallet). What will happen, however, is that you'll have spent more than you had to without perceiving any substantial improvement. Since Ricable cables are guaranteed for life, however, it is possible to buy a better cable than you need for future system upgrades. At this point, however, we'd advise you to take advantage of Ricable Upgrade, which gives your used car the exact purchase value in the event of a trade-in for a superior product. But back to us. If your Hi-Fi system is not detectable enough to bring to light fine tuning modifications, it is useless to invest too much on it. A much more wise and balanced choice, compared to the purchase of a single exceptional cable like theInvictus, could be to wire the whole system with good cables, like those of the Primus or Magnus series.

Let's take another example. Think about owning any small car and think about equipping it with high performance and expensive racing wheels. The improvement would be substantial on a sports car, even decisive if we were in the middle of a competition. But what you would be able to perceive, with your hatchback, would be, on the contrary, an infinitesimal upgrade. Or maybe you wouldn't feel any difference at all. The reverse is also true. Fitting standard tyres on an 800bhp, 8,500rpm, 12-cylinder racing car would be a bottleneck for vehicle performance, and in the worst case scenario could go so far as to compromise your safety.

The right cable for my Hi-Fi system

Choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for your system is not an easy task. That's why we've introduced the Satisfied or Refunded guaranteewhich foresees the possibility of a free return with a sixty days period. As said, there are so many variables, so we think it is necessary to give the possibility to make all the right tests in one's own listening room. On the other hand, the fun of audiophilia derives also from the countless tests we can do, experimenting new solutions. Maybe in the company of lifelong friends, trying "the new piece" in their respective systems and comparing the different opinions. The effort Ricable is to expand its catalogue more and more, updating with innovative techniques the existing products and inserting new ones. To meet everyone's needs both in terms of wiring and portfolio. Take a look at our catalogue to find out if there is one that suits you.

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How to choose the best Hi-Fi cable: the series Ricable

The functionality of a cable, even in a particular context like Hi-Fi, is under everyone's eyes. A cable connects the electronics to each other, and does it better or worse according to the quality of the materials, the construction and many other aspects. Whether it is a power cable, Speaker or a signal cable, with a good support that connects them, the electronics in our Hi-Fi system will work better than with a poor or standard cable. A clarification that we have made in more than one of our articles(repetita iuvant): a Hi-Fi cable will never improve the sound of your system. All it will do is deteriorate it as little as possible - which is no small thing, in fact, so much so that it is important to choose the best Hi-Fi cable for your electronic specifications. The cables Ricable, from this point of view, are born to give back to the listener the maximum possible neutrality.

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Choosing the best Hi-Fi cable

Imagine having spent an arm and a leg to get a top-notch amplifier and acoustic speakers, only to have a connection between them compromise the sound quality. It would have been better to have thirty-one instead of thirty, wouldn't it? An audiophile knows very well that the choice of an electronic is not only the result of an economic effort, but also of time, if we consider how long it takes to document and carry out the relative tests. So here is a characteristic that is often underestimated: the balance.

Let's be clear: the day is yet to come when we will recommend one of our top cables to an audiophile who owns a Hi-Fi system that is within the norm. An exceptional cable in a discreet system would not produce any damage, of course; but the same system would probably not be so detecting to make you notice differences with a less performing support, even if good. The opposite, instead, could be much more harmful - and this is what we were saying. A poor cable in a respectable hi-fi system will demolish all the effort that has gone into setting it up.

Keyword: balance. How much to spend on Hi-Fi cables?

The balance, therefore, plays a key role. Maybe even more than the amount spent to assemble our whole Hi-Fi system, between cables and electronics. Imagine a racing car with a superb engine and an absolutely not very aerodynamic chassis. Or, still on the High Fidelity theme, a system with a fine amplifier and poor quality loudspeakers. A lot of effort for nothing.

When it comes to Hi-Fi cables, it's the same story. It is not optimal to have good cables Speaker and bad interconnects, for example, just as it is important that the value of the system goes hand in hand with the value of the cables used for it. This is an unwritten rule and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt, but a good cost ratio between cables and electronics should be 10-15% of the list price. For example: a 1000 euro amplifier should have cables worth 100-150 euro. We would like to point out once again that the list price should be taken as a reference, in the sense that if we go to the second-hand market and buy an amplifier at 1.000 euro whose original value was 5,000 euros.The cost of the cables will still be 500-750 euro.

Four series of Hi-Fi cables, for every wallet

Taking into account all these considerations, the production of cables Ricable is divided into four different series, so as to meet any requirement both qualitative and economic. The four series of Hi-Fi cables Ricable, except for the HDMI cables, are the following:

  • Primus for Entry Level systems (all Hi-Fi equipment should have at least one Primus wiring harness)
  • Magnus for high-end Hi-Fi systems
  • Dedalus for Hi-End systems
  • Invictus for high level Hi-End systems

Let us repeat here something that has already been said: it's not a bad thing to wire your electronics with a higher level of cable, because some variables are not calculable with numbers, but it could be that with a lower level of product you get the same result, because the electronics themselves, in that case, more than that cannot reveal.

Hi-Fi cable balance and synergy

A certain balance must be preserved not only in the relationship between cables and electronics, but also between Hi-Fi cables themselves. The first thing we would recommend is a levelling of the cabling. Rather than having a very good interconnect and a poor one Speaker , it is better to have both cables of average quality. The best thing would be to have a wiring as uniform as possible, with the same series and brand for all connections. You have to start somewhere, so to help you choose the best Hi-Fi cable, take a look at our full range at Ricable.

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Choose Soisy financing as your payment method for Hi-Fi cables Ricable

One of the distinctive traits that Ricable cares most about is Made in Italy, in every aspect. From the design to the construction of Hi-Fi cables, passing through the location of the company and its employees. Another piece that is added in this sense is the collaboration with Soisy, "the marketplace for loans between private individuals to finance purchases in affiliated e-commerce" based in Milan. In other words: from today it is possible to buy Hi-Fi cables on the website Ricable by means of installment payments and financing.

How can I pay with Soisy financing on Ricable?

Paying for your new purchase in instalments Ricable is very easy, in fact choosing this method has few differences compared to any other payment method. First, choose the product and put it in the shopping cart. At this point you can choose whether to display the cart or go to the checkout. In the first case, as shown by the screen below, you have the opportunity to view a hypothetical financing of Hi-Fi cables that you want to buy. In the second case, as shown by the screen below, you can actually select Soisy financing as a method of payment. At this point you will be catapulted onto the platform. And this is where the fun comes.

Soisy Financing Hi-Fi Cables Ricable Cart

Is Soisy financing a fast and convenient option for Hi-Fi cables?

The answer regarding your Hi-Fi cable financing Ricable is very fast and painless, as well as 100% online. It will be given to you in three minutes, just by entering your tax code and a few other useful information. The acceptance of the request after the checks, statistically higher than average, will be confirmed or not in maximum twenty-four hours and the signature will be affixed with code sent by SMS. The interest rate is personalized according to the history and creditworthiness and is on average lower than that of traditional banks.

The minimum amount above which you can apply for a loan is extremely affordable: €150, and the number of instalments is customisable, up to a maximum of five. The instalment you see is exactly what you will pay, with no additional charges or surprises. If you have problems or difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us. You can also have a look at the video at the beginning of the article, if you want to be guided step by step. With Soisy you can buy a higher-end product Ricable and pay for it in installments, without burdening your budget*. Have a look at our catalogue.

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* Soisy financing is currently only available in Italy.

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How to find the phase in a Hi-Fi system

For the faithful of the blog Ricable the concept of phase and out of phase will not be completely new. We have already dealt with it when we offered you a few tricksmost of the times free of charge, with which you can optimize the performance of the audio chain. In case of particularly detecting installations, to understand if they are in phase or in out of phase, the ear can be enough. The difficult thing is to "find out" which electronics are in phase and which are not. But let's start from the beginning, that is: what are phase and out of phase, and then we'll explain how you can carry out some tests to find the phase in your Hi-Fi system.

Phase and out of phase electronic audio

What does tuning the power supply mean? What powers our systems is the mains current, so a bad power supply can only lead to a less performing electronics, which will directly affect the sound. The current is 220 V in three contacts in our homes: earth (in the middle, and in this case we don't care), phase and neutral. In reality, an AC powered appliance will work in one direction or the other, especially if the electronics are not very delicate, like an oven or a fridge. In some cases it is important to insert the plug in the right way, and putting a Hi-Fi system in phase is just that. This is a problem not only for Hi-Fi, but also for other contexts, such as boilers. In any case, having just one device in out of phase will lead to having the whole system in out of phase. Not a small problem, if you consider that when the audio chain is all in phase there is a greater articulation of the low range, a sharper representation of the scene, a better focus and a more evident three-dimensionality. Two more premises: most of the devices have the phase in the right side; the first phase should be done with the mains distributor and the mains conditioner.

Find phase and out of phase in the wall socket

To find the phase and out of phase in the wall socket, you will need to take a screwdriver and insert it alternately into the side holes of the socket. We recommend that you take all necessary precautions before doing this operation.

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You may also consider asking someone more experienced in this field to do it. When the phase finding screwdriver lights up, it means that we have touched the point through which the phase passes. Another more empirical solution is to open the socket; if our system is quite modern and made according to Italian standards, we will find three different colored cables: one blue (neutral), one yellow or green (ground) and a third of variable color (black, white, brown ...) which is precisely the phase. Now you can connect the power cable to the socket making sure that the two phases are corresponding.

Searching for phase and out of phase in the Hi-Fi system

How to find the phase of the amplifier in your Hi-Fi system, for example? A necessary condition is that each component must not be connected to the others by any kind of cable or connector, so only the power cable must be inserted. Once again, we invite you to carry out these operations with the utmost care, especially if your electric system is not equipped with a circuit breaker (on the contrary, if your electric system is not equipped with a circuit breaker, you should avoid to work on it!).

With the screwdriver

At this point, we can move on to the first useful method to find the phase in our electronics. First of all get a screwdriver phase finder, which costs a handful of euros. Connect only the power cord and turn on the device; use rubber insulating shoes to avoid grounding the phase finder reading, place the phase finder on a point of the chassis (for example a screw or a point not insulated by paint), being careful not to touch anything (otherwise you'll ground everything and it would be useless to make the measurement). Turn on the phase finder by placing a finger on the upper metal part. After that, notice the brightness of the phase detector. Now you have to turn the plug of the power cable and repeat the procedure, to see if the light intensity is lower or higher than the other side.

The appliance is in correct phase at the position on the plug where the light intensity of the phase finder is lower. Make a mark on the plug with a felt-tip pen or something else; the part of the plug just marked is the part that should be connected in phase with the wall socket. This measurement is subjective, as the brightness of the phase finder bulb depends on the electrical resistance of our body. For some people it might light up a lot, for others a little, for others still it might not light up at all. In the latter case you should switch to the second method to find the phase in your Hi-Fi system.

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With the multimeter

As for the second method, the first thing you need to do is an electronic tester (we're talking about a little more than a ten euro expense). Connect the device as described in the first method. Set the tester's measurement value to mV AC. Place the test lead of the negative pole on a chassis screw not insulated by paint and the test lead of the positive pole on the hot pole of any RCA connector (preferably the output one) on the rear panel. Read the value on the tester and write it down. Then turn the plug over and repeat the measurement; the lower of the two values will correspond to the correct phase of the unit. Make a mark on the plug with a felt-tip pen or something else; the part of the plug just marked is the one that must be connected to the phase in the wall socket. This operation must be repeated on every appliance, provided it is always disconnected from the others.

The role of Hi-Fi power cables

All of the devices are now in phase, and you will only need to do this procedure again if you want to add new electronics to your audio chain. If you've done everything correctly, you'll notice that all the plugs of your devices will have the phase point that you've marked on the power strip. We would like to stress once again how an optimal power supply of your electronics can't help but contribute effectively to the restitution of a firm and transparent sound; to learn more, we refer you to to this article of ours. To have a solid and effective connection in your Hi-Fi system, instead, we suggest you to have a look at our power cables, handmade in Italy with first quality materials.

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All separate components of a Hi-Fi system

Let's make some simple considerations before starting. First of all, it is important to premise that the number of set-ups according to which you can structure your Hi-Fi system is not infinite... but almost. The vast majority of systems, in any case, have a structure that includes a source, an amplifier and loudspeakers. These three columns can be segmented, however, exploiting a DAC not integrated, for example, or splitting the integrated amplifier in the pair pre + power amp. Another curious consideration that we can make about this is the following: a banal object that we always have with us and that is overwhelmingly part of our routine, like the smartphone, contains inside it the whole audio chain. Certainly with other performances, but our mobile phones contain speakers, DAC, amplifier and all that is necessary for a sound to be emitted. But what are the separate components of a Hi-Fi system?

The source

The source can correspond to several elements. It can be a turntable, a CD player or even a network player or PC, in case you listen to liquid music. It is what emits the signal of the track we want to listen to. This is why the source will always be upstream of our Hi-Fi system, except for the mains conditioner, which is positioned between the source and the mains socket. A CD player reads data stored on Compact Discs. CD players can read, in addition to the physical CD formats such as CD-R and CD-RW, the many logical CD formats (Audio CD, Video CD, etc.) depending on the software available to the CD player itself or the computer that houses it. The sound of a CD is digital.

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Theturntable is instead an electrical device for sound reproduction consisting of a rotating plate on which to place a vinyl record that will be read by an arm equipped with a head and a needle, sliding on the appropriate grooves. It is also the evolution of the gramophone, invented in the second half of the nineteenth century by Emile Berliner. The sound of a vinyl is analogue. Let's now move on to the last frontier of audio sources: Personal Computers and network players. These devices read digital files, be they saved locally or played via streaming. Technically they are the best performing solution, but they are less straightforward to set up than CD players or turntables.

The amplifier

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The amplifier is, in no uncertain terms, among all the separate components of a Hi-Fi system, the beating heart of the audio chain. A bit for its position, since it is in the middle, between source and loudspeakers. A bit because it is the point where the information, whether it comes from the CD player, turntable, network player or even television, is conveyed, converted and finally transmitted to the speakers in the form of enhanced electrical impulses. We can divide amplifiers into two major categories: tube and transistor. The first ones are characterized by being the only ones on the market until a few decades - today they are addressed to a niche -, as well as for... the valves.

Thanks to these the input voltage increases and, according to many audiophiles, this means more musicality, more "warmth". However, the warmth is not only figurative. Valve amps are very hot and consume a lot of current, so much so that it takes a few minutes for the tubes to reach the correct temperature. Last but not least: the purchase price is on average much higher than a transistor amp.

It's a different matter with transistor structured amplifiers. These tend to have a high current, not voltage, input. Transistor amplifiers make up the vast majority of those on the market today. Another subdivision we can make with regards to amplifiers is that they can be integrated or separated in the combination of pre and power amp. In this case, the integrated ones saturate the market. The purchase of an amplifier, however, should always go hand in hand with that of the loudspeakers, which we'll discuss in the next paragraph.

However, let us first say a few words about the classes of amplifiers. These have nothing to do with those we find when we talk about appliances. Classes, when we speak of amplifiers, denote neither the consumption nor the quality of the same. Rather, they represent the internal functioning, the structure of the amplifier; but it can happen that a class D amplifier sounds better than a class A one. Quality really depends on many factors.

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How to choose the right amplifier and speakers? One aspect to consider, but not calculable, is our taste. Nothing will sound better than what we like in terms of dynamics, projection and intensity on high or low frequencies. But luckily there are also more objective parameters that we can calculate to clear our minds. The output power of an amplifier should be equal, or slightly higher, than that of the two speakers added together. On the instructions there are often indications in this sense. In the case of speakers that receive too little power, the sound performance will be below expectations; in the case of speakers that receive too much power, the risk of ruining them will be concrete.

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Hence, loudspeakers are the device that finally transforms the electrical signal coming from an audio amplifier into sound and makes it reach the listener. Despite the fact that they can be divided into active speakers (i.e. with an integrated amplifier) or passive ones, you'll hardly find anything that really has to do with high fidelity in the first case. More interesting is the doubt that arises between bookshelf and floorstanding speakers. Here the discriminating factor is the size of the room; in the case where the listening environment, of which we will never stop underlining the importance, is contained, it will be better to decline on bookshelf speakers, supported by a good subwoofer.

Let's underline once again how the set-up of a Hi-Fi system is absolutely changeable according to the context, to the audiophile who listens to it, to the economic availability, to the use you want to do (musical or multimedia) and to many other factors. Elsewhere we have had the chance to deepen the discourse about bi-wiring and bi-amping.

What about the cables?

The separate components of a Hi-Fi system, if reduced to the essentials, are therefore: source, amplifier and loudspeakers. The more the quality of the electronics increases, the more revealing they become, the more what unites them will count. A Hi-Fi cabling that matches the rest of the system, at certain levels, is no longer a negligible factor. Take a look at our catalogue and start honouring your passion, step by step.

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Music never goes on holiday: Ricable will remain open throughout August

Music never goes on vacation and therefore Ricable will remain open throughout the month of August. Many of you have been asking us about it, and we thought it was right to reiterate it with a tailor-made post. Our main services will therefore remain valid, namely:

  1. Fulfillment of orders on sites www.ricable.com, www.ricablecustom.com e www.troniteck.it
  2. Sales and technical support via phone, email, WhatsApp and online chat
  3. Collection at our office during the scheduled times (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00), upon telephone or written confirmation

We wish all those who are going there a happy holiday. We invite others to write to us or visit us, while respecting all the rules related to the health emergency for the Covid-19 pandemic, which still provides a state of emergency. Each shipment will be carried out with the care and speed that characterize Ricable; moreover, it will be prepared with all the necessary measures so that it will be packaged in a sterile and hygienic context.

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What does a Hi-Fi system for listening to liquid music look like?

Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on the enjoyment of liquid music in the Hi-Fi environment. Earlier we talked about of platforms that allow you to stream our favorite musicAnd then we moved on to those that, instead, allow you to download and store locally or in the cloud the most beautiful songs. But the question we are asking today is: how is a Hi-Fi system designed to work with high definition liquid music structured?

The scheme of a liquid music system

Everything in the electronic chain that goes from the amplifier onwards (be it an integrated amp or a pre and power amp) remains unchanged. What changes is what comes first: the source and everything related to it. We are used to having a CD player or a turntable as source, usually. With the speech related to the liquid music, the cards on the table change and the protagonist of our Hi-Fi system will become a Personal Computer. It will be here that we will keep our playlists saved locally or listen to music through some streaming service.

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In the first case we will have to rely on a software to play the tracks; there are many, and probably we will deepen the discussion with a separate article, but for now we just report the most popular (as well as free): Foobar2000. Using a PC as a source is, without question, the best technical solution. But it is one of the less immediate ones you can use, both hardware and software side. On the hardware side, if you want a PC designed specifically for listening to music, you'll have to resort to specific cases able to contain noise and vibrations emitted by ventilation. On the software side of things, you'll need to remove anything that isn't necessary for music listening in order to get optimal performance.

With that done, the fundamental next step is to purchase a level DAC. The one installed in the vast majority of PCs is bad and risks to be a heavy bottleneck for the rest of the system. There are, in any case, high level sound cards that can avoid having an external DAC. They tend to be used less for two reasons: the first one is that these cards can be used only with the PC, while the external DAC can be used also with other sources; the second one is that they are little shielded from the interferences generated inside the PC. So, if we opt for the DAC, it will have to be connected, via USB cable, between source and amplifier.

Another component that is not fundamental but is certainly of interest is the DSP. DSP stands for digital signal processing; with these three words we indicate the processing of signals represented in numbers form in real time. The DSP is therefore a microprocessor dedicated exclusively to process a continuous signal after its sampling, which therefore does not replace the sound card, but stands alongside it. The first advantage of having this component in your system is the reduction of the load on the computer's CPU. This is an aspect that, however, given the calculation power reached today also by a mid range PC, is going to disappear.

Second, we assume that the analog signal is converted into a stream of numbers. The computing power for digital signal processing allows many advantages over analog processing, such as detection and correction of transmission errors, and also data compression. All these operations, aimed at improving dynamics, reducing distortion and improving the signal to noise ratio, are therefore carried out before going through the DAC, which converts the signal back into analogue format.

A DSP therefore brings undeniable benefits to our listening. But its application is even more interesting when it is combined with a microphone. With this combo, by means of certain DSPs, it is possible to "probe" the listening environment so that the modifications made to the track by the processor render high, medium and low frequencies equalized according to the context in which they are emitted.

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Liquid music without a PC

So is there no escape for those who have no pleasure or no time to dedicate to setting up a computer? No, fortunately there are other valid ways to enjoy the liquid music and at the same time have a more "classic" Hi-Fi system. The solution is called "network player"; these players are increasingly being combined with other components in the audio chain, such as CD players. A network player is ultimately a high quality digital music player.

This is a great solution for those who listen to streaming music, web radio and digital music stored on a local server, but don't want to use a PC as a source. Once we have our network player, the scheme of the Hi-Fi system for listening to liquid music will be similar to that described above. It is also advisable to connect the network player to a DAC via coaxial or optical cable; in Hi-Fi, the more components are separated from each other to perform their specific functions, the better the sound quality will tend to be.

Not only that. Even using a network player we can rely on some DSPs (but this is a rare circumstance), which anyway allow a less wide range of customizations than what we can do with a computer. The main problem with network players is their longevity and flexibility. There are already many platforms for listening to music in high definition streaming and many more will be born (as well as some will disappear). The fact that almost all network players don't have their own operating system in favor of a greater comfort of use, could make these transitions traumatic, except for firmware updates by the manufacturer. In fact, even when the chips are down, it could happen that the network player you want doesn't support the platform you are used to use. In short: you have to evaluate well pros and cons.

Hi-Fi audio cables for a liquid music system

As far as the cabling is concerned, in a Hi-Fi system conceived to work with liquid music, it is the USB cable that gains importance, one of the latest additions introduced by Ricable. We have made a brief mention of the co axial cable because of the connection between the network player and the DAC, a coaxial cable that has been in the catalogue for some time and that we invite you to discover together with all our other products.

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Five sites where you can buy and download FLAC music

A couple of weeks ago we published one article with a few hints about the history of liquid music, adding a quick overview on how, in recent times, this mode of enjoyment has become attractive to many audiophiles. On that occasion we focused mainly on streaming; today, however, we want to deepen the discussion on platforms where to download FLAC music. If you want to download and save Hi-res music locally, this is the article that will explain how and where to do it. Or at least five possibilities in this sense.

Five sites for downloading liquid music

HDtracks is the first site we recommend when talking about buying music in high definition. It was one of the founders to offer the download of songs in high resolution. You can see it, alas, starting from the interface and graphics, not very updated. This means that the prevailing genres in the catalogue are mainly rock, jazz and classical music, something that could discourage younger audiophiles. The pop section, however, is constantly expanding and you can already find the artists of the moment. The available formats are quite numerous and typical when talking about lossless music, so: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD. The biggest problem with HDtracks, however, is another, in addition to prices that are not exactly competitive: the need, in Italy, to make purchases via VPN and choose USA or UK as the origin. Doing otherwise, the number of tracks that can be purchased is drastically reduced and we can almost only browse the site.

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We talked about Qobuz when we looked at the best platforms for Hi-res music streaming. But Qobuz also boasts a digital store. The service doesn't have a very up-to-date interface, but relies on a blog with in-depth analysis and interviews, as well as a brief but exhaustive presentation of the artists. The catalog is quite varied and constantly evolving, and able to leave room for independent productions. Qobuz also offers a certain variety of formats to download: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIF and others; moreover, it is available in Italy and does not require any VPN. Not only that, the prices are on average more affordable than HDtracks and you can download the app for smartphones, tablets and computers. The icing on the cake is being able to take out a hybrid subscription (download + streaming) that allows you to get discounts on the direct purchase of music tracks.

7digital is another site where to download FLAC music, as well as an example of how a book should not be judged by its cover. Not that the interface of 7digital is bad, on the contrary; it is among the most modern, with an intuitive and functional player. Just click on an album to listen to the preview of each song present, even scrolling, in the meantime, other pages of the site. The problem is the editorial side: at least in the Italian domain, through the sections "New Albums" and "New Singles", you won't find anything more recent... than the hits of 2018. Dulcis in fundo: among the "Suggested" there is the "Best of 2014". Luckily, using the internal search engine, you can find a number of very recently released hits. There are not many formats instead: the tracks can be downloaded only in MP3 or FLAC 16/24 bit (distinguished by special badges). The files, sold at competitive prices, can also be saved in the cloud so as to be accessible via the web or mobile app.

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The first thing that would jump out at anyone who visits Bleep for the first time, would certainly be the type of offer proposed to the audiophile. Bleep, in fact, intercepts a user with particular tastes and niche. The catalogue includes hip hop, electronic, house, ambient, alternative and modern classical music, among others. The number of formats to select when we choose to download is discreet (MP3, FLAC and WAV). Being "out of the choir" is also manifested in another way: not in the aesthetic side, rather anonymous, but in the type of offer proposed to the customer. In almost all the tracks, next to the option to buy the file, there are those to take home the CD, the vinyl or, hear hear, the cassette. But that's not all, because Bleep also presents a merchandising section in which you can find clothing, books and other accessories of the most underground labels.

HighResAudio is rather spartan in appearance, except for the presence of badges that will indicate limited time offers (prices are still competitive) or the format. HighResAudio, without many niceties, throws in our face several albums directly in the home page, summarily divided by best sellers, recommended and by major record labels. To be canonical (at least for an audiophile) are also the main genres in which the catalogue is branched: classical, jazz, rock and pop (there are however many others). What makes us think that HighResAudio was conceived with a precise target in mind is the choice to make available only studio master quality albums (FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, WAV, DXD WAV, DSD64). The picture is completed by a nice editorial side, even if in English, with some Hi-Fi advice and several music album reviews.

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An important note to close the speech: HDtracks and HighResAudio do not allow to buy the single track, but only the whole album. An aspect that some audiophiles might consider fundamental. Regardless of which service where to download FLAC music you choose - the best, the cheapest or the most alternative one - it remains fundamental to have quality electronics and connections. Click the button below to find out which cable is right for you.

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Liquid music and Hi-Fi: the best streaming services for Hi-res music on demand

A clarification, before we start: "liquid music" is any song that can be played without a traditional phonographic support (CD, vinyl or tape). We are talking about music tracks that are present as digital files in our hard disks, in a memory card, in a USB key or, again, in a portable player such as any MP3 player. PCs configured for music playback are an excellent solution, despite the fact that the integrated DACs are poor (PC sound card), and therefore require the purchase of an external one, and despite the noise emitted by the cooling fans. This is another reason why Ricable have designed their USB cable to give Hi-Fi liquid music users adequate support.

Hints of liquid music

The boom of liquid music in Italy and in the world took place in the early 2000s, even if the terminology "liquid music" took hold only around 2006, both in the specialized press and among listeners. The very first MP3 player dates back almost a decade, though. The first to be commercialized was MPMan F10presented in March 1998 at the CeBIT exhibition by the South Korean company Saehan Information Systems and commercialized by Either Labs the following summer at the price of 250 dollars with (today ridiculous) 32 MB of flash memory.

Useless to go around. Beyond the unquestionable merits that liquid music can have, such as an objective gain of space and a total portability, what has drastically favoured its diffusion has been the illegal sharing among users. Peer-to-peer exchange platforms such as Napster, Audiogalaxy, LimeWire and eMule have had an easy life, reaching amazing results and enviable frameworks. Just think of "the mule", capable of boasting an intuitive and simple interface, a localization in forty different languages, a community still active in keeping it alive and a number of downloads (updated to 2017) equal to almost seven hundred million.

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But how can instruments like these exist in the light of day? They can precisely because of the fact that they attach themselves to their being "tools". These are programs that are simply meant for file sharing. Then, whether users make illegal use of them, is another matter, and this cannot be blamed on the program they use. But, at most, to the individual users themselves. The logic is, in fact, unassailable, as no one would ever think of shutting down WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Drive or Dropbox in case users were exchanging copyrighted materials.

In any case, with the passage of time, the evolution of technologies and a much more accessible offer than in the past for users, based on the availability of entire catalogues in exchange for a small monthly cost, the spread of platforms for the purchase or legal listening of files has become more and more deeply rooted.

Liquid music and Hi-Fi? The time is ripe

So, liquid music has taken off thanks to "side ways". But some advantages are undeniable. Let's think about the convenience of not having to change CDs or vinyls (especially when you own hundreds or thousands of them), about the transversality of the reproduction source, about the sharing of music tracks with other devices on a local LAN network or through NAS(Network Attached Storage), about the possibility of creating personalized playlists (the dear, old compilations... but tailor-made for us), about the certainty of being able to reproduce a track endless times without fear of deterioration. And much more. Like, for example, the possibility, anything but trivial, of discovering new artists thanks to the suggestions of any on-demand service of Hi-Fi liquid music.

What liquid music never really rhymed with, until recently, was quality. Whether it was due to slower connections than today's, reduced storage space, or sharing files as quickly as possible with friends and family. A mirror situation to all this (fast internet, USB pen drives of hundreds of GB that can be bought cheaply and legal services that have been able to intercept the needs of listeners with competitive offers) has finally opened the doors of liquid music to audiophiles.

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How? Thanks to the progressive decrease of the initially more diffused compressed or lossy files (MP3, AAC, Ogg and so on) compared to the native ones (WAV), in favour of the lossless compressed ones or even uncompressed or lossless (let's think of the FLAC format, which is able, through a refined codification, to keep the WAV quality unaltered, while reducing the occupied space). In compressed files all those audio frequencies that are not fundamental for the overall message are eliminated. The space occupied on the hard disk will benefit drastically, but all those nuances, not even too subtle, typical of the music recording phase, will be eliminated. Uncompressed files, on the other hand, enjoy resolutions and sampling rates that go well beyond those of CDs, so, at least qualitatively, they are objectively better than the latter.

In general, 24-bit/96 kHz and 24-bit/192 kHz recordings are considered excellent. The highest level of audio quality, however, is achieved with 24-bit/352 kHz WAV DXD files. Don't forget, however, that these values are not the only ones. You should always make sure that the files themselves are not oversampled from normal CD-quality material, but that they were cut directly from the original master.

Hi-Fi music streaming on demand services

Let's talk now about the platforms for the reproduction of liquid music Hi-Fi on demand streaming. With these we do not refer to the software preinstalled on Windows or Mac PCs (respectively Windows Media Player and iTunes), useful to reproduce audio files that we have saved locally. For programs of this type - there are many, even free - there would be to make a separate speech. With some of them you can also convert your collection on CD, so you don't have to buy them again. Some even allow you to digitize your vinyls in HD using capture cards with high quality analog-to-digital converters.

To cut to the chase, the best on-demand streaming platform for a Hi-Fi-loving audiophile is surely Tidal. The sound quality is currently unmatched (but not unreachable) by the competition, the interface is very intuitive, the library currently boasts more than sixty million songs (including almost two hundred thousand in high definition), the app is available for iOS, Android and desktop, although if you want you can also rely on the simple browser via web player. Finally, there are two types of subscriptions. The most expensive one is no more than twenty euros a month, with the possibility of taking out a family subscription and saving even more. There is also the option of a thirty-day free trial. At the moment, there is no reason why an audiophile should choose anything else.

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A valid competitor is Spotify. It's the one we would definitely recommend to anyone who is a music lover, but not an audiophile. The interface is good, the quality is decent, but above all, and in this it is superior even to Tidal, Spotify has a system of creating playlists according to our tastes which is superlative, capable of introducing us to artists we will love. Also good is Apple Music, exclusively for Apple customers. However, it suffers from a structural problem: it has everything Tidal offers, but everything has a few less details. The music quality is good, but not as good as Tidal's; the interface is good, but it's still a step below Tidal's; and so on. And that's without adding anything, as Spotify does, which is inferior to Tidal in many ways, but at least has a single reason to be preferred (the possibility of discovering new music).

This is the speech the creators of Primephonicwhich covers the genre of classical music. It also boasts ad hoc functionalities for those who are beginners and want to start getting to know it. It has a smaller catalogue than the competition, but if you love classical music (and only that), Primephonic is the right choice. Maybe put it side by side with another platform a bit more "flexible". For Amazon Music Unlimitedd the discourse is similar to Apple Music: the service is great, but there are no valid reasons to prefer it, except, perhaps, an extended cross-platform compatibility. In fact, Amazon's on-demand service also works with smart TVs, cars and, of course, Amazon Echo. We recommend it to those who are loyal Amazon customers and already enjoy the various Prime, Video and the like. So as not to break up too much their subscriptions and maybe enjoy some offerings related to loyalty.

Our review closes with Deezer, which also focuses on podcasts; Qobuzwhich can be used without a subscription; and YouTube Music which, to little surprise, relies heavily on music clips without convincing on the quality front.

Conclusions

In short, the mixture between tradition and innovation is total. And the developments in this sense could be one of the hottest topics of the near future in the Hi-Fi environment. Just think of the revival of the classic vinyl and the new turntables, increasingly equipped with Wi-Fi connection and manageable by smartphone. Devices that natively support music streaming services are already the present. Hi-Fi liquid music is increasingly convincing to audiophiles and will become more important to this traditionally sceptical and wary audience. We've designed our USB cables to prepare for the future. You can take a look at them by clicking the button below.

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The length of Hi-Fi cables Speaker

What should be the length of Hi-Fi cables Speaker ? Quite simply: the length you need. Before making a purchase in this sense, therefore, measure with a string or a wire what is your real need in terms of length of the speaker cable. Thanks to the fact that we produce our cables by hand and in Italy, we can follow your directions to the centimeter. If you buy one that is too long, it will look unsightly and, even worse, it will roll up, and if it is too short, you will have to buy another one. Or you may have to change the positioning of your electronics, perhaps optimised during countless tests. There are a few pointers to follow and a few things to know before making any decisions.

The cables Speaker in the Hi-Fi system

The premise of any discussion of cable length Speaker in Hi-Fi is that it is often not just a matter of aesthetics or the individual cable. Every system is composed by a series of elements, more or less numerous, that are called to play a team game. On one side there are the electronics, which emit magnetic fields, noise and vibrations, on the other side there are the cables, carriers of disturbances in case they are not well shielded. Most of the time, electronics and cables are also located in rather small spaces.

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This synergy leads yes to the sound that nourishes our passion for music and high fidelity, but at the same time has contraindications to be monitored: interference. A well shielded quality cable, such as those Ricable, not only blocks interference coming from outside, but does the same with those coming from inside. So as not to affect "teammates" negatively. Some audiophiles argue that the benefits of not having the electronics too close to the speakers will always outweigh the disadvantages of having very long Speaker cables, for example. Having said that, when planning the set-up of your Hi-Fi system, it is good to keep in mind that the Speaker cables should not run parallel to others, especially the power cables. If we really have to cross them, it would be the case of making them pass perpendicularly. Having a custom-made cable, in this sense, can make our life easier.

But let's get down to business. The greater the length, the greater the the resistance. Based on this unquestionable electronics assumption, we deduce that the shorter a cable is, the better. Always. This is the one that is not subject to objection in an academic context. But coming to the real world, we can estimate that before the length of a cable worsens (sensitively to the human ear) the sound, we need to reach a length of 15 m. Often, therefore, there are no problems. It must be said, however, that in this case also the quality of the overall system comes into play. A very high level Hi-Fi system, extremely revealing, could be affected by the cable length even at shorter distances; an entry level system, instead, will have the "advantage" - very much in quotes - of being less subject to this kind of variations.

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Different lengths of Hi-Fi cables Speaker

The point about the length of Hi-Fi cables applied to Speaker cables is interesting for another reason. Speaker cables have the distinction of starting out, except bi-ampingfrom the same device, and then terminate metres apart when the speaker cables are connected to the respective speakers. Usually, and this is the best solution, the length of the cables going to the two speakers is identical. It happens, however, that some audiophiles, for needs related to to the listening environmenthave to arrange their speakers asymmetrically.

Various tests have shown that, in reality, a maximum difference of 40% between one cable Speaker and another does not make any tangible difference to our hearing. A 10 m cable and a 7 m cable are fine, for example; so is a 6 m cable and a 4 m cable. Beyond that, speakers begin to sound different in a noticeable way. But we must go back to what we said before: the more revealing your Hi-Fi system is, the more it will present this problem in a tangible way, even with a small difference compared to the 40% mentioned before.

Anexception to this is some amplifiers that use the speaker cable as part of the circuit; in this case, the cable lengths should always be the same. In this case, the cable lengths should always be the same. Ultimately, if you want to use different cable lengths, it is always best to seek additional advice from the manufacturer of the electronics. One last consideration when it comes to Home Cinema. Speakers designed for this purpose are less likely to sound different when the cables Speaker are of two different lengths.

Conclusions

Coming to the conclusion. The longer the cable, the more the quality of the cable matters. In particular, the longer the length of the Hi-Fi cable, the more the cross-section of the cable itself should be taken into account, as it will become more and more important in not deteriorating the sound. Ricable stands out for its handmade production; as we make our Hi-Fi cables by hand, we can make them exactly to the length you expect. All you have to do is fill in the form below.

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The importance of the listening room in Hi-Fi

The factors that distinguish the performance of a Hi-Fi system are innumerable. The ones we think of first are electronics and cables. Which in turn are divided into various types: amplifiers, speakers, sources and more in the first case; power cables, Speaker , signal cables and so on in the second. To this we have to add the variables of manufacturer, model, wear and tear and, really, you name it. For the joy of the audiophiles, there's plenty of tests to be done. One element, however, is often forgotten, maybe intentionally, as it is the one on which it is more difficult to intervene. We're talking about the listening room in Hi-Fi, a room whose importance the ancient Greeks immediately realized; just think about at the Ancient Theatre of Epidauruswhich boasts perfect and impressive acoustics even today. So here are four general tips for improving yours.

The Hi-Fi listening triangle

This is the advice that can agree more or less everyone. The listening triang le is the one that should be formed having as points of an equilateral triangle the two loudspeakers and the listener's head. The symmetry must be total, just as it is important that the height at which the speakers are placed, in particular the tweeter, is the same as the height of the listener. Some audiophiles, however, prefer a setting that is close to the shape of an isosceles triangle; as we wrote in the introduction, the variables are many, so what we can recommend is to make tests far and wide, to understand what is the best formation according to your listening room Hi-Fi and your taste. In any case, the preferable shape of the listening room is undoubtedly the rectangular one, whether you opt for the isosceles triangle or the equilateral one, since behind you, as well as behind the speakers, it is advisable to preserve a certain distance.

Furnishing for high and low frequencies

The absorption of sound waves is what we need to work on if we find that the high frequencies in our Hi-Fi system are too sharp. Fortunately, this is something we can do with everyday objects. Curtains, bookcases and pictures are all good for this purpose, as long as they have no reflective glass tops. You can think of buying sound-absorbing panels, now present in many specialty stores, but you can also get good results with the tools mentioned above, having feedback without putting hand to the wallet. With excess bass, the solution to the problem becomes a bit more complicated.

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If you feel the low frequencies are too pronounced, or you notice real rumble, you should try to move the furniture or at least intervene with carpets. There are specific ones for this purpose, always available in specialized shops. In case the expense seems huge, you can always decline on the carpets you have at home, giving preference to thick and long pile ones. The furniture, finally, can be an ally in smoothing the corners of the room. If possible, place a piece of furniture at 45° or a bookcase placed sideways, or at least a plant, to reduce reflections too pronounced.

The materials of the listening environment

The materials that surround us contribute in a decisive way to the sound performance of the system in the Hi-Fi listening room. Unfortunately, in case we have problems due to them, we often have to spend considerable amounts of money. Let's talk, for example, about the walls. The thicker and more solid they are the better, both for the impact of low frequencies and for a good isolation. If yours is a plasterboard wall, the vibrations will be very high and the sound will be substantially compromised. Same vibration problem also for doors and windows; it is better to avoid that these are close to the corners of the room and that they are covered with curtains, especially the latter.

The wall to pay most attention to is the one behind the speakers. A good acoustic treatment of this part of the room ensures excellent results. In general it is good to respect the symmetry of the furniture, including the symmetry of some possible (and recommended) picture on the side walls compared to the listening point. Let's think now, instead, to the floors, for which the best material is wood. The worst ones are marble (too reflective) or carpet (very absorbent). Fortunately, in this case we don't have to improvise as skilled carpenters, but much less will suffice. In the case of tile or marble floors, in fact, a thick carpet between the speakers and the listening point will considerably reduce the problems. In general, reflective surfaces should be avoided as much as possible.

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Exploiting the walls

We think of walls primarily as a problem to be solved. This is partially true. Most of the loudspeakers are designed to enjoy a certain space between them and the walls, so that the sound can come directly from there rather than, by reflection, from the walls of the room we are in. So keeping some space between the walls and the speakers is always an essential condition for a good acoustic performance of our Hi-Fi system.

At the same time, when the level of the electronics rises to at least good, the three-dimensionality of the scene and of the sound image comes into play. The sound image is the illusion of having in front of you a real soundstage, which therefore has its own width, height and depth. A "positive" exploitation of the walls can give excellent results in improving these characteristics. Going back to the curtains, there are at least two positions that improve the image: the first is on the side walls, halfway between the speakers and the listening point; the second is immediately behind the listening point, instead, behind us. Let's notice that there are also ad hoc panels conceived just for this purpose.

Final considerations

To all these considerations, some final ones must be added. The first is that the higher the level of the system, the more sensitive it will be to any modification. On the other hand, if you have a poor Hi-Fi system, it will be difficult for you to perform miracles, even if you take all possible measures. However, it must be said that a good system, put in the position to give the best of itself, will give satisfaction to the listener; at the same time a great Hi-Fi system placed in a room with bad acoustics will be extremely disappointing to listen to.

The second consideration we want to make is that, on this occasion perhaps even more than on others, long tests are the fundamental starting point to understand how to move. So, let your brain concentrate exclusively on the sound. Don't take anything for granted (by opening or closing the doors of your room) and try to make listening sessions with the same settings fragmented over a rather long period of time, avoiding "on and off". Finally, don't forget the importance of the Hi-Fi listening environment, not only in terms of sound, but also in terms of emotional impact.

Before leaving you to the exploration of our catalogue, we want to confide you a tidbit. Someone claims that the glasses improve the listening, because, reflecting the signal, they make sure that a part of this coming from the right speaker doesn't reach the left ear, and vice versa. This would benefit the lateral width of the image. Is it true? We think not, but it doesn't cost anything to try...

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Why buy directly from Ricable?

It is certainly very convenient to buy everything we need from one place, with a single online order. But are we sure that this is the best choice to make? Let's think, as Ricable, also and above all to what we produce: the Hi-Fi cables. Not exactly cheap objects and, even if sturdy in practice, very delicate in theory. Between listening tests, time to get used to the sound, comparisons with friends to be made, electronics to be connected... we think that enjoying an extended period to make the return is the minimum necessary. Which is just one of the advantages we offer to our customers. So that's why you should think about buying directly from Ricable.

Speed, security and benefits with a couple of clicks on the site Ricable

Rather than try to convince you, we prefer to talk about facts. Ricable , originally TroniteckThe company has always set itself the goal of providing the customer with a tailor-made service, characterised by speed and quality. And this has not happened since yesterday, far from it. In fact, Troniteck was born back in 2005, when e-commerce in Italy was still seen as something almost on the borderline of legality, amidst some doubts and tons of scepticism. Amazon didn't even exist and eBay was just a start-up. In short: by only taking care of our products, we can treat them with greater care, even before they arrive at your home.

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But beyond the increased speed and higher reliability, there are many other benefits that await customers. One of these is the registration of the Lifetime Warranty fully automatic. If you purchase your new cable Ricable from a retailer or marketplace, you are entitled to the Lifetime Warranty. But you will have to activate it manually. If you choose to purchase directly from Ricable, it will be activated automatically, without lifting a finger.

Another interesting aspect is the possibility to customize the product. We have already talked about this specifically in another article. But we would like to point out that, since our production is entirely located in Italy and you can order directly on our website, you can request many types of customizations. And many of these at no additional cost. If instead you proceed with the purchase from third parties, every option in this sense will be precluded.

The highlight is the extension of the period in which you can make the free return. By law the days provided in this sense would be 14, someone postpones the deadline up to 30, but what does Ricable is to allow its customers to make the free return, without giving explanations, in a period that lasts up to 60 days.

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Buying direct ensures ongoing support and unique promotions

We have already mentioned how Ricable is attentive to customer needs. But this is not only reflected in the speed of shipping, but in many other aspects. The shipment, in fact, is also fully insured against damage, loss or any other type of inconvenience. Who buys from the site Ricable is sure to receive what he ordered, always. Dulcis in fundo, this certainty is free with a minimum amount very easy to reach. In fact, it is enough that the purchase is more than 50 euros. Even those who follow us from abroad can rest assured: we ship free of charge worldwide. In addition to all this, there is another factor that we occasionally have to deal with: product counterfeiting or fraud.

Via Facebook we warn you as soon as possible to be careful on this or that site, but to be always safe just buy directly from the site Ricable.

If the person who sells a product is directly the manufacturer, it goes without saying that the customer can get better and more relevant answers, as well as through a preferential channel, contacting him directly. This can be accessed both in the pre-sales phase, when we need to understand what is right for us, and in the post-sales phase, in case we need assistance. The evolution of time and technology has allowed us to set up a system to be close to the customer at all times. To all this we finally add the fact that we cyclically organize some important special initiatives only for our customers, such as "Try a Ricable", which has proved to be a huge success, and of which we are publishing all the reviews that have come in. Waiting for the next one... why don't you take a look at our catalogue?

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With Ricable the customization of Hi-Fi cables is total

One of the main advantages of handcrafting Hi-Fi cables is to be able to offer its customers products of extraordinary quality. But that's not all. One of the distinctive traits of Ricable is also to offer a wide range of customizations, many at no extra cost. This is always linked to the fact that we design and manufacture our products entirely in Italy. The most obvious customization of Hi-Fi cables is undoubtedly the length, but there are many others that can be tantalizing for the creativity of a true audiophile.

Spades in cables Speaker Hi-Fi

Undoubtedly the most frequently requested customization is the forks, used in the Speaker cables instead of bananas. As we wrote in a previous articleWhen calculating the pros and cons, forks are also the best possible solution when compared to bananas or stripped cable. The forks can be requested for any cable, either on one side or both, simply by entering a note when ordering or by subsequent communication. The price does not vary.

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Further customizations

Another request for customization that we receive quite often is related to coaxial cables. Some customers ask us to make them with BNC connectors from both sides (or even from a single side only). Again, the price does not change.

As far as XLR and RCA cables are concerned, there is the possibility of wiring them in various semi-balanced configurations with at least one XLR connector. The reference price, in this case, is that of the balanced XLR cables.

Now let's move on to the XLR - Jack 6.3 cables. These can be wired in various semi-balanced configurations with at least one XLR connector. The reference price is that of balanced XLR cables and currently only the connectors are available for the Magnus series, possibly compatible with the Primus series, but not with those Dedalus and Invictus.

Finally, we would also like to underline the possibility of wiring a cable in various configurations with Jack 3.5 mm (male or female) and Jack 6.3 mm (male/female) connectors. The reference prices are by Magnus Jack.

Finally, as they say: the eye is also important. So, if for reasons of interior design or personal taste you would like a different colour jacket than the standard one for a certain series, you can also order a certain cable with a different jacket. For example, you can order a Dedalus Speaker (orange) with the coating of Magnus (dark).

Invictus Coaxial BNC Detail

Ricable has no limits when it comes to customizing Hi-Fi cables. Being a manufacturer in all respects, we can evaluate any type of customization and provide the customer with the feasibility of the same, as well as the relative estimate.

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Evaluation and break-in of a Hi-Fi cable in your system

There is always a fierce diatribe when it comes to breaking in Hi-Fi cables. Some audiophiles tell us that breaking in cables is unnecessary, while others tell us that it is just as important as breaking in other Hi-Fi components. In this regard, remember that when buying a new cable Speaker , in some cases it would be wise to find the new ideal position for your loudspeakers. Let's be clear: you don't have to move your speakers a couple of metres. It may only take a few inches or even a few degrees of rotation "in place". Being the point where the electrical signal makes the conversion into sound, it is right to perform all the necessary tests according to your listening room. But let's get to the point: what is break-in and why is it important?

What is break-in and why is it important?

Running in of Hi-Fi components is performed simply by running the equipment in question for a certain period of time in order to stabilize its operation and obtain a definitive result. Its importance is in some cases fundamental, since some components have a relevant modification in the sound performance before and after the break-in. Ricable , as a manufacturer, does not officially consider the break-in of a Hi-Fi cable to be fundamental, or rather, it does not give indications about if and how to do it. Several customers, however, have reported to us that, by inserting our cables into their Hi-Fi chains, they have heard a marked improvement after a break-in period of about fifteen days.

Why some yes and some no? We always affirm that every Hi-Fi system is unique and this makes us think that the insertion of one of our cables in the various systems can happen in a different way, also when we talk about break-in.

Since there's no cost, do it!

The great thing about break-in, be it of a cable, an amplifier or a loudspeaker, is that it doesn't have a cost and doesn't require abstruse techniques to put it into practice. So our advice is always to do it, before making any evaluation about it.

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The evaluation of a Hi-Fi cable

Many of our customers have confessed to having noticed a clear improvement after tens, if not hundreds of hours of "breaking in" our cables. What comes into play here is an extremely interesting aspect, which we could define as the breaking-in of our ear. At the basis of the design of the cables Ricable there is an indisputable key word: neutrality. Each cable Ricable, even with the inevitable differences due to the value of the series to which it belongs, aims to return to the listener a sound that is as close as possible to that conceived by the artist who created the piece, interfacing with the electronics that connects.

Neutrality, however, does not mean anonymity, but maximum correspondence to reality. This means that whoever is used to a cable that emphasizes high or low frequencies, could find the sound of a Ricable cable "different". Not only that. The audiophile who has just bought a Ricable cable, being used to something else, might not like the new sound emitted by his own system. This is the case of one of our customers who, at the beginning, wasn't very enthusiastic about our Invictus cable, but then declared himself very satisfied. Maybe because in the meantime the cable has broken in? Or maybe because our audiophile friend's ear got used to the new sound? The most truthful answer is probably... both. To confirm this, we have a circumstance in which we cyclically come across.

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More than once we have sold used (and therefore broken-in) cables. Curiously, it was reported that the sound had improved after a while. Given this, we can assume that if a person is used to listening to a system with the same set-up for a long time, they get used to a sound. Even if it is not the most correct one, when he changes a component (in our case a cable), at first sight he may be dissatisfied, because his ear is used to the previous sound. As time goes by, the component maybe even gets spoiled, but it is mainly the ear that assimilates the new sound. After a fair amount of time, a return to the old component is not even worth considering.

Fifteen days to clear your doubts

That's why a theoretical advice we give is not to perform tests and comparisons with "stick-to-it" in a short period of time. Rather, we suggest to keep the new set-up for at least two weeks, and then try to go back to the old listening mode. The solution is then to set up a comparison based on listening tests of sufficient duration. Directly deriving from this suggestion, there is also an advantage we offer our customers that is much more practical. We refer to the guarantee Somoney back guarantee extended to sixty days, which is exactly four times longer than the period prescribed by law. This is the only way we can offer a period of time, in our opinion, sufficient to make a correct "break-in". A break-in of both our cable and our hearing. At the base of all these considerations there must be the fact that the cables in question are quality productsas those we offer to our customers. To discover all our series and all our cable types, please click on the button below.

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How Ricable Upgrade works, the world's unique Hi-Fi cable exchange service

Some people already know it, and perhaps have even already used it. Someone else, however, I have yet to find out. But we are sure that, as soon as it happens, they will not be able to do without it. Let's talk about Ricable UpgradeThis is the Hi-Fi cable exchange service offered in this sector exclusively by Ricable, which allows its customers to enhance the value of used cables and have a new product, guaranteed for life. But how does Ricable Upgrade work?

What is Ricable Upgrade?

Let's start with the basic condition: being in possession of a Ricablecable. This is obviously the first step needed to take advantage of Ricable Upgrade. What might be less obvious is that you don't need to have purchased it from this site. If you bought the cable from a retailer or online marketplace, that's no problem; you just need to be able to prove your purchase (receipt, email confirmation, receipt and the like). You don't even have to have the original packaging, as long as the product works.

At this point we will send, at our expense and at an agreed date and time, a courier to pick up the cable at your home and bring you, at the same time, your new Ricable. The price you will have to pay will be only the net difference in cost between the two cables, without any commission. In fact, your old purchase is valued in exchange for the same amount paid for the new one, VAT and transport included. In this way, you'll never have too many cables, but, on the contrary, you'll always have the maximum performance concentrated in your system, even when you might decide to change electronics.

Total transversality

There are a few additional notes that deserve some attention. First, the trade-in is across the board. You can trade in a interconnect for a Speaker cable, as long as you make an upgrade at the stock level. But Ricable Upgrade is an "elastic" service also in another sense; even if your cable is out of stock or belongs to a series at the end of production, there is no problem, it will still be considered valid. So there is always the certainty of maximizing your investment in the years to come. Add to this the gain in time compared to the possibility of reselling your cable to a private individual.

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We'll spare you all the hassle of putting an ad online, negotiating and so on. It really can't be better than that. But how do you activate this procedure?

How can I join?

So here's how Ricable Upgrade works. It's as simple as that. But let's understand now how we can join it. To do so, all you have to do is fill in the form you find in the page dedicated to the service. After a short time, we will contact you to finalize the operation. If you have any doubts, we recommend that you watch the video or consult the page Ricable Upgrade (which also offers an example and the complete rules), accessible via the button below. Otherwise you can, as always, contact us in chat here on the site or by another of the many means at your disposal....

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Bananas, spades or stripped cable in Hi-Fi?

Is it better to end with bananas, forks or by leaving the cable stripped? This is one of the questions that customers ask us most frequently. Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages, which we will tell you in this new article of our blog. But let's make one thing clear: our discussion makes sense when the connections are applied to high quality equipment and when the materials used are of a high standard. For example, a pure copper banana will be better than a brass one. So let's take stock of which is the best solution among bananas, forks and stripped cable.

The Speaker Hi-Fi cable terminated with bananas

The banana connection is undoubtedly the most common, because it provides the most practical and excellent protection from oxidation of the conductor. There are various types of banana on the market, the most common being those with springs on the pin. This type of banana is the least performing because of the spring component which affects the stability and intensity of the force applied in the contact (see photo).

Another type of banana that is very common (we use it in all series, except the Invictus series) is the BFA banana, characterized by a central contact that narrows. For this reason it is hard to insert and it is right that it should be so, because it means that it has a better seal. The advantages of this banana over the spring banana are:

  1. Greater resistance over time.
  2. Larger contact surface.
  3. If you loosen the BFA spring system, you can restore it by widening it slightly.
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The problem with this banana is that the foil that forms the insertion pole (where there is that wavy part) is more fragile than the others and could bend under stress. For this reason in the Magnus and Dedalus series we have designed BFA bananas with a central pin that guarantees this type of seal. Also because these bananas are made of copper and tellurium, which is softer than brass and therefore tends to bend. The only standard BFA bananas are those of Primus, a series for which, however, we have provided an increased foil to prevent bending.

The last type of bananas, more widespread, is the expansion one, that through a pin system allows a constant and precise seal (series Invictus). There are other types of bananas, less common, but the most used are these three.

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The cable Speaker Hi-Fi with spades

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Spade termination of a Speaker Hi-Fi cable is perhaps the best possible compromise between practicality and performance. Despite this, the spade is much less requested and used for the termination of cables Speaker . Ricable still makes all the cables with bananas, with the possibility of having them terminated, on one side or both sides, with spades, without price variations.

While the banana is universal for any clamp, as the hole is universal, for the fork the compatibility depends a lot on the pin size of the clamp.

Ricable (but almost all forks on the market are like this) uses double cantilever forks, which fit the vast majority of pivots. The increased performance is provided by a larger contact surface and thickness (in good forks) of the connector body. The mechanical seal is practically identical to that of the banana, especially with modern speaker and amplifier binding posts, which have a knurled part to prevent ungluing.

This solution is less convenient than "putting on and taking off", because every time you have to unclamp the clamp as in the stripped cable. However, the insertion of the fork is easier than the stripped cable and above all it does not depend on the ratio between conductor and hole size. Sometimes it is possible to have small holes for stripped cable or large conductors. Another disadvantage of the fork is that many multichannel amplifiers do not accept it, while they always accept banana and stripped cable. An advantage of the fork over the banana, however, is that less space is needed behind the contact, because the cable goes immediately parallel to the device, while with the banana you need some space behind for the connector and the cable at the start.

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The cable Speaker Hi-Fi stripped

In terms ofperformance the stripped cable is the best solution, because every element you add in the transmission of a signal tends to make it worse. So why are banana and spade connectors used, especially in the most valuable cables? For a simple reason, because the copper conductors, and the more they are of high purity and the more this condition occurs, tend to oxidize in a very short time and this drastically worsens the performance of the conduction, taking away all the advantage of not having the connector.

You can buffer this by tinning the stripped part, to buffer some of the oxidation, but it will never be the same as plating a connector. It also defeats all the benefits of the stripped cable connection.

Usually stripped cables are used in connections of moderate value, especially in Home Cinema, because the advancing oxidation affects less in terms of quality on Hi-End systems.

Warning: rather than using poor quality connectors, much better is the stripped cable, maybe tinned. Quality connectors are always better than the stripped cable in terms of advantages/disadvantages. Let's say that the stripped cable is academically the best connection, but only in the short term, so it is not recommended for high level connections. The values in the graph below refer to the medium and long term. Another disadvantage is the practicality of use, because it is necessary to remember to tighten the terminals from time to time and because, if you have to disconnect them, before connecting them again it is good to cut a part of the cable and strip a new one, until you find a non-oxidized one.

Stripped Cable

Practicality Use
Mechanical Seal
Conductivity Signal
Oxidation Protection

Bananas, spades or stripped cable? All these considerations fall in the moment in which bananas or forks of poor quality are used; in this case the quality of the sound would be inevitably, to the point of advising you without if and without but the use of the stripped cable. Ricable, besides offering the personalized length, gives the possibility to its customers to choose also the termination, if with bananas or forks. Just let us know in a note when you complete your purchase. For those who would like to use a stripped cable, we can only refer you to to our Custom Divisiondesigned for DIYers.

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Coronavirus situation Ricable (updated 12 March 2020)

Ricable is open. We would like to inform you, with regard to the situation created by the spread of the coronavirus, that we guarantee the following services to customers:

  1. Fulfillment of orders on sites www.ricable.com, www.ricablecustom.com e www.troniteck.it
  2. Sales and technical support via phone, email, WhatsApp and online chat

In order to protect our employees, we have established an extensive agile or smart working environment and implemented maximum security in the production unit. This is in order to be able to guarantee a service that is appropriate for the emergency situation. Until a date to be determined, for security reasons, we have closed access to our plant to any person who is not part of our preventive plan. That will not be possible:

  1. Pick up orders at our office
  2. Visit our office for any reason
  3. Produce custom length cables

Despite the Covid-19 emergency, we have decided to continue our activity in a reduced, but equally effective, form, respecting all the preventive rules indicated by the Dpcm 11/03/2020 to protect our employees and customers. Given the changing situation, we will keep you updated in case anything changes.

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How is the design of a cable Ricable?

How is the design of a cable Ricable? How did we come up with the Primus series, Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus? Why isn't there what I'm looking for in the catalogue? Everything starts with an inspiration and it can take years before it becomes reality. Because we want to be sure of the value of the idea. The first months are spent thinking, drawing and imagining, then we move on to drawing up the project, considering all the problems, and then to prototyping. Everything is done by points and you don't move on to the next one if you haven't overcome the previous ones first.

Designing a cable Ricable starts with an idea...

We start with a concept, a constructive idea: what we would not hesitate to call the theory. In this phase, we study a new product or an improvement on an existing one and we draw what could be the internal structure.
It is a very important phase as the concepts take shape and come up against all the limitations that make the difference between an idea and a product. The drawing is little more than a draft and serves to better understand the new project figuratively.

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...and then move on to reality

Let's then see if what is just a design of a cable Ricable can become reality according to our construction principles. When we have elaborated a design of a possible new cable, we pass to the less pleasant part, that is we immediately come up against the feasibility of the same. This phase has to take into account various aspects, i.e. those of the actual production, the integration with the connectors, the choice of conductors, dielectrics, shielding and insulators and more generally all the technical problems that could be faced.

If the project involves the construction of a new connector, we consider how to make it, both from a construction and materials point of view.
For example, with the new connectors in pure copper we did a very long work of prototyping, because we had to overcome the obstacle of the greater softness of this metal compared to standard brass.
More information about the Ricable Copper Connector Project (RCCP) can be found at in an in-depth study published just to list the advantages of this construction solution.

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Let's start prototyping

At this point, prototyping begins, starting with the top of the range and scaling up on lower level models to create products for more modest ranges. Prototyping involves the creation of at least two different versions of the product that have passed all the previous points and are identical in their appearance, differentiated only by a letter: A and B. In the course of prototyping, we change the letter with each modification, in order to have a screen of all prototypes. When things go well, we center the product immediately, but it has happened several times to exceed abundantly the half of the alphabet!

The tests are carried out through strict technical controls. If they are not satisfactory, modifications and revisions are made; if, on the other hand, the performance obtained is up to scratch, we move on to the next phase, the most important one, which consists of some listening tests with a couple of prototypes at most. In this phase we try to capture the most significant aspects and, if the listening tests are positive, we move on to the next phase. If something doesn't convince us, we go back to prototyping. This is the phase where most projects don't see the light of day.

Listening groups

The subsequent tests (the slowest, but most profitable) involve external listening groups, capable of verifying the goodness of the prototype. We collect a very important amount of data, because the information comes to us from two unique sources: the variety of installations and the experience of enthusiasts. If all the previous points satisfy us, we pass to the next step of the design of a cable Ricable, otherwise we take a step back to refine the performance of the prototypes. The last step is the relatively simpler one, but necessary to the commercialization of the product. We are talking about the one consisting of the study of design and packaging, packaging and commercial details.

We would like to say a few extra words about the packaging itself. This boasts a custom design for each product, which is different but at the same time consistent with the style Ricable. We know very well that colors and boxes do not allow to make the systems work better, but we are convinced that presenting a product in a certain way is anyway an aspect to be taken into consideration. In the box, also handmade in Italy, there is not only aesthetics; inside, in fact, you can find the instructions to use and maintain at best your new purchase. These are accompanied by a brochure that will show you how to activate one of our distinctive features: Lifetime Warranty.

In a cable Ricable nothing is left to chance

We move on to the creation of multimedia content and the creation of data sheets. Also in this phase we are very punctilious, choosing the best contents. Now we just have to produce the new cable and even this aspect is not left to chance, because production tests are carried out to understand how best to optimize this phase, but above all how to avoid as much as possible errors and differences between one piece and another. At the end, before packaging, there is a test and an inspection on every single piece, in order to guarantee to every buyer the same quality of the original project.

The fruit of the entire design phase

The product is carefully stored in our warehouse until a customer orders it. One of the most appreciated features of Ricable is the speed of shipping; if you place your order in the morning or early afternoon, the product will leave the same day from our headquarters in Oleggio, in the province of Novara, and will be entrusted to the courier who will bring it to your home within 24/48 hours on weekdays, barring unforeseen circumstances.

The support service will support you before and after the sale, via chat, email, telephone, social networks or any other means. How? With a personalized support that will initially show you what is best for you and your system. The after-sales service is not secondary; if there are any problems, you can write to us at any time and we will find a solution, including product replacement, if you have activated the Lifetime Warranty. Even years later.

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Monowiring, bi-wiring or bi-amping in Hi-Fi. What are they?

What is bi-wiring and bi-amping? Bi-wiring is one means of connecting a speaker to an audio amplifier. Typically, a single cable runs from the output of the amplifier to the terminals of the speaker enclosure (this connection is called monowiring, however worthy of improvement). In bi-wiring, however, each speaker has two pairs of connectors and two cables are run from the output of the amplifier to the speaker cabinet. One corresponds to high frequencies, one to low frequencies (via two separate crossovers).

Bi-wiring versus monowiring

Bi-wiring is a connection with a double cable Speaker between the amplifier and the loudspeakers. With only one bi-wire cable, all audio frequencies They pass through it and the speaker's crossover cuts them off and sends them to the speakers. Many speakers are built with a crossover that allows them to accept low frequencies and high frequencies separately. In this cable the speaker will have four terminals instead of two (LOW+/LOW- and HIGH+/HIGH-).

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In the case of a speaker with dual connections that is connected with a single cable, there will be a jumper made from a metal strip that joins the LOW+ to the LOW- and the HIGH+ to the HIGH-. So, in order to use the bi-wiring connection you have to remove this jumper, so that two independent inputs are created. One goes to the woofer (LF: Low Frequency) and the other to the midrange + tweeter (HF: High Frequency). If instead you use the classic connection with a single cable, the jumper should be left so that the signal goes to both terminals.

One of the advantages of using a double cable is that it should reduce magnetic interference. Another is that it gives a larger overall cross-sectional area than a single cable would, and also that the current drain from the woofer doesn't affect the smaller signal going to the top end. However, a technical analysis suggests that while bi-wiring may offer differences, they are so subtle that they are not tangible.

However, some audiophiles have found a significant difference in reduced treble harshness and improved bass control. However, detractors of bi-wiring claim that nothing changes electronically. They playfully refer to the practice as " buy-wiring ", claiming it is all just a marketing ploy to sell more speaker cables.

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Bi-wiring versus bi-amping

Ricable has always maintained that bi-amping is certainly effective, but when it comes to bi-wiring a bit more caution is needed, as it all depends on the design of the amplifier. If the amplifier has been developed and optimized for bi-wiring, it makes sense to use it, otherwise it is better to save space and money on double speaker cables and rather buy only one, but of higher level.

What's the difference between bi-wiring and bi-amping? The main difference, as you can guess, is that bi-amping is done with two amplifiers, which gives a whole different meaning to this kind of connection. Just to mention it, bi-amping can be either vertical or horizontal. The first is to use two identical amplifiers and use one to amplify each speaker individually, the second is to use one amplifier for low frequencies and another (same or different) for high frequencies.

It is the best solution but also the most expensive one, to be adopted for very high level systems. In bi-amplification we start from the concept that each amplifier acts on a specific range of frequencies to directly drive the loudspeaker responsible for the reproduction of that specific range. In this way intermodulation phenomena and other undesired effects are avoided as much as possible; for example, the amplifier that treats the highest frequencies doesn't have to work with the low ones too, with benefits for the power supply and the performance.

Bi-wiring cables. Do you need them?

On the market there are Speaker cables specially designed for bi-wiring, that is with two connectors on the amplifier side and four connectors on the loudspeaker side. According to the philosophy Ricable, after some technical tests, this type of cable has no effect compared to the use of a standard cable with the addition of valid jumpers (do not leave the manufacturers' metal plates). On a technical level, there's no reason to prefer them to an arrangement with a monowiring cable connected to the other pair of binding posts through jumpers of the same conductor. Except for the negligible fact that, with the jumpers, the cable length is about ten centimetres longer.

Either way, the cable itself is not an active crossover and has no means of separating the high frequencies from the lows, so the only effect of bi-wiring is a complication in itself in the connection from amplifier to speakers, often with a deterioration in the quality of signal transmission.

In conclusion, we always suggest to simplify and, in case you have only one amplifier with bi-wireable speakers, to buy a standard cable with its jumpers. You'll spend less and get an identical, if not better, result.

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How to upgrade your Hi-Fi system for free (or almost)

It is not always necessary to put your hand to your wallet to improve the performance of your Hi-Fi system. Sometimes, in fact, just having good, even if not excellent, electronics, it is possible to make them express a remarkable performance. How? By limiting oneself to a few precautions or by making precious, but not expensive, daily practices become routine. We invite you to follow the advice we'll give by rehearsing with a record that you know for sure has a good recording, but above all is not recorded in a studio. The best recordings are live or direct recordings, giving preference to orchestral music, choirs or even jazz sessions. This is as long as you know the reference tracks well.

Tidy Cables and Hi-Fi

The first precaution we can take for our Hi-Fi system, especially if it is gradually enriched with more components, is to keep the wiring tidy (by means of clamps) and clean. Wiring that, we take for granted, is of a level directly proportional to the system in our possession. Otherwise an even more urgent intervention is to immediately replace the cables, which maybe are still the ones that came with the electronics. We should try, as much as possible, to separate at least power supply and signal, especially if we don't use balanced cables for the latter and/or quality power cables. that offer good shielding. It would also be a good idea to avoid cables Speaker of different lengths, as well as buying cables of the shortest possible length, both to reduce costs and to get better performance. The latter, however, is more of an academic argument, as it is difficult for the human ear to distinguish the difference in sound emitted by cables two meters long instead of three, especially if the quality of the latter is high.

Ban on interference

The second "rule" is not to place (other) interference where it is not needed. Especially nowadays, when smartphones and tablets, sometimes, come to be part of the system itself, it is good to avoid that there is a mobile phone charger constantly connected together with the other power cables of the system. Better to connect it to separate sockets and or multi-sockets, if we really need to recharge our device.

The position of the speakers in the Hi-Fi system

The third measure we can take, perhaps the most important to improve your Hi-Fi system, is to position the speakers correctly - given that we all have our own personal tastes and preferences. We'll go into this in a separate article. For now, let's just imagine a hypothetical equilateral triangle where the points are formed by the two speakers and the listener's head (not the sofa!). The height from the floor of the mid-high drivers should also be taken into account, as it determines the height of the soundstage. Other tricks are to remove reflective surfaces between you and the speakers (just use a blanket) and not to place the Hi-Fi cabinet between the speakers, but to the side.

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Jumpers are essential to improve sound performance

A fourth measure is related to bi-wiring jumpers. This kind of connection is useless in products that are not Hi-End, so in most systems opting for jumpers is the best choice. A 100 euro cable is better than two 50 euro cables. But investing your budget in good speakers and cables and then running the signal through a piece of brass used as a jumper will not help the final performance. In case the speakers are fitted with dual plugs, one of the first things to do is to replace the brass jumpers with a piece of wire equal to or better than the one you used between the amplifier and the speakers.

The management of the electronics of the Hi-Fi system

Number five: level (i.e., level) and separate the electronics. Regarding the first action, it is a speech that concerns above all the analog sources, but it can be extended also to the digital ones. This article was born to highlight all those shrewdnesses that, with zero budget, can refine what we listen to. And a measure of this kind does not cost anything. More or less the same applies to the separation of electronics. An amplifier vibrates because of its transformer, just as a CD player vibrates because of its transport or a turntable because of its motor. Separating each individual component reduces the disturbance that each of these vibrations brings to the other electronics.

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The polarity of schuko sockets

Last but not least advice is to pay attention to the polarity schuko sockets. The polarity, however, is almost always not indicated, even if we are talking about products conceived for Hi-Fi. The phase search is to be done by ear, then, or by using a phase finder. There are also very cheap ones. Invert the plug of the source and check if there is a change to see if this last suggestion to improve the system can bring some benefits.

Well, these are six small steps towards improving your Hi-Fi system. But certainly it is impossible to exhaust in one article all the cases that can be presented in the audiophile field. Just think of all the variables that can be obtained by crossing different electronics, rooms and cables. For this reason, do not hesitate to contact us for a personalized support by clicking the button below. Chat on the site, phone, Facebook or a visit to the office... you choose the means you prefer!

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How to find and eliminate interference in your Hi-Fi system

One of the most annoying problems for those who own a Hi-Fi system is interference that spoil the sound. These can result in buzzing or rustling while playing the song we're listening to or the movie we're watching. Nothing more annoying for an enthusiast. So, how to eliminate the interferences in your Hi-Fi system? First of all, we have to premise that there are tricks that allow us to identify the problem faster than others, but without eliminating it. For that, it will be necessary to take more drastic measures than the ones we are going to list.

What to do and how to investigate interference?

Detective investigating with a magnifying glass...

Thefirst thing to do is to reduce your system to the bare minimum. Most Hi-Fi systems consist of a source, an amplifier and loudspeakers, but when it comes to components an enthusiast can indulge in mains conditioners, preamplifiers, double amplifications and much more. There is something for all the tastes and the set-up of a system is given exclusively by the will of the owner. To understand more easily where the problem lies, however, it will be the case to reduce our system to the formation initially described. Password: simplify.

After that, you need to isolate the problem and figure out where it lies. It is obligatory to carry out one intervention at a time and, at the same time, take note of the improvements or worsening of each single step. If we had to intervene on several sections at the same time, we would otherwise have no solid foundation on which to rest.

The tinfoil for finding interference

One way to understand where to intervene, within everyone's reach and immediate, is to wrap, with aluminum foil and one at a time, the cables that connect the components of the system (source, amplifier and speakers, then, according to what we wrote above). An aluminium foil, even though it is, to say the least, essential, is still a shield, therefore able to protect the signal from the interferences we are looking for. It will not cancel the problem, let's be clear. For this we need shielding, but of a very different level both in terms of materials and geometry with which they are built. However, it will help us understand where this lies. Well begun is half done.

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So we will first wrap the signal cable (more prone to interference than the others) in tinfoil, and after this two things can happen:

  1. Nothing changes.
  2. There is a variation in audio interference (it could be even worse).

If the first hypothesis occurs, we will go on isolating another cable, leaving the first intervention in place, until a change in the situation occurs. The important thing is always to make only one change at a time.

It's important to note any changes in this testing phase and, after making a quick analysis of the information we have available, we'll begin to get a little more definite picture of the interference in our system.

Ricable against any interference in your Hi-Fi system

We understand that interference is hard to find, which is why we are available to help you with this analysis to find the culprit of the listening problem. If the interference is due to the cabling, we can also provide the best support to eliminate the cause of the problem and significantly improve the listening experience. Surely with a well-made cable, with a better shielding you can solve all the interference problems arising from the connections. This is where Ricable comes in, with its experience of eliminating interference in any Hi-Fi system and its wide range of shielded cables. with both traditional and innovative and unconventional technologies. Why not see if you can find the solution to your problems by taking a look at the products or by asking our team of experts for help directly? Just click below!

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Ricable Custom, the new website for DIY and Hi-Fi cable installation

Any Hi-Fi enthusiast will have at least once wished for a system that would fit perfectly into their home. One of the ways to satisfy this need is to make your own bespoke cables by DIYing and installing Hi-Fi cables. For this purpose was born Ricable Customwhich offers the possibility to buy very high quality cables, derived from the best cables Ricable, and to finish them as you prefer, for a total customization both in length and in cable connector, according to tastes and needs. At the base of this, however, there is always the quality factor, which moves on the coordinates of a perfect balance given by the intersection of performance, aesthetics and price.

Many of the historic benefits on the site Ricable are also available in its Custom division. Just think of the lifetime warranty, fully automatic for those who buy from the site and easily activated by those who buy elsewhere. Inevitable is also the direct support from the chat in the lower left corner of your screen. You can write to us whenever you want about any doubts you may have. We will answer as soon as possible. For those who buy from Ricable Custom there is also the "satisfied or refunded" option, which allows you to return the item free of charge with shipping costs entirely paid by us. The following are the areas that Ricable Custom covers.

DIY Hi-Fi Cables: DIY Home Construction

If you are a DIYer and aspire to make high performance Hi-Fi or home cinema cables, Ricable Custom is the best support for your creations. On the site you can find cables by the meter of all types (speaker, feeding, signal, coaxial, HDMI), connectors, spikes, cable socks and many other accessories. Endless possibilities both in terms of aesthetics and design of use for cables capable of adapting perfectly to your needs and of releasing high-level performance at a reasonable price. In addition to this, on Ricable Custom you will enjoy of guarantees designed specifically for you.

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Hi-Fi installations in private homes

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If you are an installer of Hi-Fi and home cinemasystems and you need to wire with quality and reliability, Ricable Custom offers a performing product at an unbeatable price. The elements of the system must have a precise arrangement in order not to lose anything in terms of quality. Therefore, it will be necessary to rely on cables that can be easily accessed in the ducts and that perform well even when we are talking about rather long distances. In a domestic environment it is also important to pay attention to the interference produced by household appliances or other devices; for this reason it is essential to install cables with a good shielding.

Hi-Fi installations for events

If you need to set up a live system, a conference room, a wire broadcasting system, with Ricable Custom you will find supports with unique and long-lasting performances. Quality projectors, ledwalls and audio diffusion systems with speakers, microphones and mixers need specific treatment so that the event being set up is not a flop. Moreover, different environments require different cabling, both in terms of performance and, above all, length. Thanks to Ricable Custom you can create, in total autonomy, all the solutions you want, to be always ready in any circumstance.

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DIY and Hi-Fi cable installation in car audio

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Whether you're a car audio enthusiast or professional, Ricable Custom offers you world-class quality for your high-performance car hi-fi. Driving, on the other hand, is a pleasure, but doing it while listening to good music through a system that goes beyond, in terms of performance, the standard one, is really something else. In order for the system to be optimally tuned, however, you need specific cables capable of adapting to a rather particular context like that of the car. Ricable Custom is the right choice and allows you to choose what is best for you and your car.

So, whatever category you belong to among those listed, or if you are simply curious about the world of DIY and Hi-Fi cable installation, it would be a shame if you didn't visit Ricable Custom. The production processes of Custom products are rigorous and monitored in every aspect, for a guaranteed and absolute quality. We are waiting for you.

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The Lifetime Warranty Ricable (and all the other benefits). Quality, safety and support

"Passions cannot be eradicated: it is necessary that each person should be able to satisfy them within the limits of virtue," wrote Lev Tolstoyand this is still true today. One's attraction for high fidelity, whether it leads to listening to a song or watching a movie, cannot and should not be limited, provided that it is fed in a conscientious and wise way. One way to do it is to have some insurances, starting from the Lifetime Warranty Ricable.

Safe purchase. Maybe.

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Having said that, sooner or later the day will come when we will decide to upgrade our system, both in terms of electronics and cables. Whether the purchase is made in a physical or digital store, it matters little. In the sense that, whatever the case, we will be agreeing to take home a product sight unseen. Theoretically, what we have invested money on, the fruit of our efforts, should improve the listening, in practice we do not know for sure. And we may not even know for sure after the short (in most cases) trial period we are given.

True Hi-Fi connoisseurs know that a new component, whether active or passive, must first be tried in the comfort of its own home environment, and secondly it must be tested for a period long enough to get all the possible details in terms of soundstage, sound colour and dynamics.

Hi-Fi: how to choose correctly

The moral of the story is that there is an optimum purchase that has certain characteristics, which are all the more important when dealing with such a sensitive subject as Hi-Fi. The problem is that very few retailers offer consumers all the advantages necessary to make an informed choice. So, let's see which features a purchase must have in order for the buyer to make an informed choice:

  • Possibility to verify that the product has suitable performance on paper.
  • Quick and easy purchase process.
  • Free shipping above a minimum amount.
  • Satisfied or refunded policy.
  • Opportunity to make a free return.
  • Lifetime warranty and on-site warranty.
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What does Ricable offer? Lifetime Warranty and more

By choosing Ricable you choose a high performance product, without any risk. But that's not all. Those who rely on us for the wiring of their system choose to undertake a path together and can take advantage of four guarantees. The first provides that, as required by law, any product is under warranty for two years, regardless of where you bought it.

The second guarantee is special. For those who buy on the site, simply by registering your product at this linkthe cable will be insured for life. Forever, in minutes. The Lifetime Warranty Ricable is also on-site, at no additional cost to the customer. Whether you are in Argentina or Australia, in the United States or Russia, we will send a courier at our expense to pick up the product, repair or replace it and finally send it back to you.

The third guarantee is that only purchases made on this site have the exclusive "money back" guarantee. If the product, upon arrival of the package, is not as you want or you want another, you only have to ask to make the return. It is completely free of charge, there is a refund and a courier will pass, always at our expense, to collect it. The time available to carry out this operation goes well beyond the fourteen days required by law, since it reaches sixty! This is a reasonable amount of time to do all the necessary tests at home.

Last, but not least, is the guarantee linked to support, which is always available. To get help in any form, all you have to do is access the reserved area and click the "Assistance and support" button to open a ticket.

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Three serious wiring mistakes that degrade the sound of your system

Having a high level system and a cabling able to highlight its merits is surely the base from which any audiophile worthy of such name should start. It is equally important, however, not to get lost in a glass of water, ruining the performance of what has been purchased with years of commitment, investment and study. After having read, in a few minutes, this article on the blog Ricable, you'll know clearly three fundamental cabling mistakes that degrade the sound and that should never be made (or should be corrected immediately!).

1st mistake: using the same socket for everything

The first thing you need to know is that you should avoid wall outlets with multiple in series, as well as poor quality power strips. The main problems that arise when using them are overloads, interference generated by different appliances and bottlenecks. The optimal thing would be to have two or three separate lines direct from the meter, but this is often difficult to achieve.

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Therefore, a valid and at the same time more easily realizable alternative is to buy a quality multisocket or better still a mains conditioner. Be careful, though: in some cases customers have reported to us that these reduce the listening dynamics, as well as filtered multisockets.

2nd mistake: having coiled cables and tangles

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The second problem is that cables, when coiled in a circular fashion, suffer from the antenna effect. This means that cable tangles favour interference between devices. The same thing happens when we find, in our system, too much proximity between the same components.

The solution, in this case, is to use shielded cables and to take care of their positioning. Furthermore, if possible, it would be better to use ties to keep the signal, Speaker and power cables separate.

3rd mistake: not giving importance to all types of cable

Lower quality cables create signal bottlenecks that cannot be solved by better cables. As we have already written, in fact, the cable does not improve the signal, but it makes it less worse. Lower quality cables, among other things, are more prone to external interference. In the end it is not very functional, for example, to have a very good Speaker and signal cable and then use standard power cables. It defeats the purpose of what the first two can do.

The solution is to give importance to the quality of all the cables in the system, especially the signal cables (both analogue and digital), Speaker and power cables, which are the ones that determine the result the most.

Ricable offers definitive solutions for every type of problem listed. All cabling errors that degrade the sound has its solution. All cables offer high-quality raw materials, optimised geometries in the name of sound transmission tradition and special technologies resulting from unconventional research and development.

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In addition to quality, Ricable offers you the most comprehensive guarantee on your purchase. If you are not satisfied, you can return the product free of charge within sixty days; and if you are satisfied with the product, you will be protected for life with our special on-site warranty. We invite you to view our products and to loosen the hinges that still keep your system chained!

AWG - measure the cross-section of HDMI conductors

To someone, reading the acronym AWG, the first thing that will have come to mind is the piercing. The reason is soon said. This system is in fact commonly used to specify the size of jewelry for the body, especially if small. But this data is also of fundamental importance for cables HDMIespecially for measuring the cross section of their conductors. Ricable optimizes the cable strand size Across at 25 AWG, while that of cables Hi-End e Supreme to 24 AWG. But how to measure the AWG in HDMI cables?

How the acronym came about and how it is used to measure the cross section of HDMI conductors

The acronym stands for American Wire Gauge, a standardized system of measuring wire cross section. This has been used since 1857, mostly in North America. It is important to consider that this measurement is used only for solid and round conductors, and this is the reason why it is often used in audio/video cables, including HDMI cables, because it is a value referred to the single conductor that, according to the geometry of the cable, forms the final conductor, with braiding of various types. In fact, if we have a cable with a multiwire conductor, when we say that the conductor is 24 AWG, this value is not referred to the whole braid, but to each single wire that composes it. The wire section(gauge) is an important factor in determining the maximum current intensity that can flow through it.

As the number measured increases, the wire diameter becomes progressively smaller. This measurement system stems from the number of drawing operations used to produce a given wire diameter. It is clear that a very thin one would require more passes through the drawbench than a 0 gauge wire, for example. It is for this reason that as the value increases, the diameter decreases. The development of standardized measurements streamlined the system. Initially, however, each manufacturer had its own measurement system.

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The AWG for a cable is determined by the total cross-sectional area of the conductor, which in turn determines its current carrying capacity and its electrical resistance. Since there are also small cavities between the wires, cables always have a slightly larger total diameter than a solid wire with the same AWG.

The chart. Tricks for remembering it by heart and how the AWG acronym works

The various ratios between the parameters are those listed in the table below, useful for how to measure the AWG for HDMI cables. Generally the conversion table with the metric system goes from 0000 (4/0) up to 44 AWG and affects all the conductors used on the market in audio/video, HDMI cables included. However, there is also a useful mnemonic rule to facilitate calculations. According to this, when the diameter of a wire doubles, the AGW is reduced by 6 units; when the section of a wire doubles, the AWG decreases by 3 units. Finally, when the AWG value decreases by 10, the cross-section and weight increase by the same amount, while the resistance is reduced by a factor of 10.

Cables are specified with three numbers: the overall AWG size, the number of wires comprising the cable, and the AWG size of the wire. The number of wires and the AWG of an individual wire are separated by a slash. For example, a 22 AWG 7/30 cable is a 22 AWG cable consisting of seven wires with an AWG size of 30. These are the values that make us understand how to measure the AWG in HDMI cables.

Colloquially the AWG system is referred to as gauge and zeros in large wire sizes are referred to as aught. Wire sizes of 1 AWG are referred to as one gauge; similarly, smaller diameters are pronounced with their positive integer. For larger wire sizes (#0 and up), the word gauge becomes one aught, two aught, and so on, depending on how many zeros there are in the AWG code. In other cases, the word gauge is replaced by the word number, which appears before the size.

The AWG cable conversion chart. How to measure HDMI cables (and more)

AWG Diameter mm Section (Area) mm²
0000 (4/0) 11,684 107,22
000 (3/0) 10,405 85,01
00 (2/0) 9,266 67,43
0 (1/0) 8,252 53,49
1 7,348 42,41
2 6,544 33,62
3 5,827 26,67
4 5,189 21,15
5 4,620 16,77
6 4,115 13,30
7 3,655 10,55
8 3,264 8,37
9 2,906 6,63
10 2,588 5,26
11 2,305 4,17
12 2,052 3,31
13 1,828 2,63
14 1,623 2,08
15 1,450 1,65
16 1,291 1,31
17 1,149 1,04
18 1,024 0,823
19 0,912 0,653
20 0,812 0,519
21 0,723 0,411
22 0,644 0,324
23 0,573 0,259
24 0,511 0,205
25 0,455 0,162
26 0,405 0,128
27 0,361 0,102
28 0,321 0,0806
29 0,286 0,0649
30 0,255 0,0507
31 0,227 0,0401
32 0,202 0,0324
33 0,180 0,0255
34 0,160 0,0201
35 0,143 0,0159
36 0,127 0,0127
37 0,113 0,0103
38 0,101 0,0081
39 0,090 0,0062
40 0,080 0,0049
41 0,071 0,0039
42 0,064  0,0032
43 0,056  0,0025
44 0,051  0,0020

Differences between Hi-Fi cables: standard vs Hi-End

"Say Tuco, do you like music?"
"Music? Ah, yes I like it: it's good for the digestion".

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

"We Italians have forgotten that music is not just entertainment, but a necessity of the spirit.
This is serious because it means
break
of the important roots of our history."

Riccardo Muti

Whether for us music means to raise the spirit remembering centuries of history, culture and traditions, or it gives us simple moral support for the digestion of the dinner left on the stomach, it does not matter. What is certain is that it is a component of life so intense as to affect the everyday life of each of us. After all ... what is there more beautiful to embellish our free time, if not what makes us more serene?

Love for Hi-Fi and Hi-End, without compromise

The music will always be our aim, that's why the means are always of fundamental importance. Spending and commitment are the two coordinates on which we have to move to realize our Hi-Fi system starting from its most basic form formed by source, amplifier and loudspeakers. To these components, if we try to reach perfection, we can add a mains conditioner, a pre-amplifier, a second amplifier and much more.

Years of tuning, upgrades and acoustic chiseling, however, can be undone in a heartbeat. Or, at least, many of them can go up in smoke if we don't pay due attention to the wiring of our system. The sound signal passes through these "bridges" (the cables) when it goes from one component to another and, at this juncture, a cable can be really decisive.

But what are the differences between standard and Hi-End cables? It must be said that a cable does not "sound", per se, in the sense that it is a passive element and therefore does not emit sound and cannot improve the signal. In fact it could alter it , contravening the principle of the search for high fidelity!

The excellence of a cable becomes evident when it comes as close as possible to leaving the sound it receives as input completely intact, transferring it in the best way to its output phase. Simply put: the best cable carries the sound as close as possible to how it was recorded. This is why relying on poor quality cables can mean a major bottleneck, throttling and deteriorating the signal between components.

The disadvantages of bad wiring for your system, which determine the differences between standard and Hi-End cables, are listed below:

  • degrade the sound
  • return little transparency
  • have reduced detail
  • make the sound non-neutral
  • suffer interference and rustling
  • confound the scene
  • make your listening lose its brilliance
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They don't get better, but they get worse as little as possible.

It goes without saying that the greater the number of components in the system, the greater the importance of the cables, which carry the signal many times from one point to another. Above all, it is important to fine-tune all the cables in the system, because not even the best of cables can "cure" a signal that has previously been degraded due to a previous poor quality connection. As we have said, it can only treat the signal in the best possible way in its area of competence, that is in the section it handles. The cable is therefore a penalizing element when it is not given the due attention; the game is to "take away" from the sound as little as possible.

But where does the compromised sound of a poor quality cable come from? Mainly from the cheap materials it is made of. Conductors, connections, insulation, shielding and construction geometry all make a difference to how the signal is treated. There is nothing, in the known reality, that does not have minor or major consequences with respect to the environment in which it is found. The fabric, the size but also the color of a dress, for example, change the perception we have of it and even how we wear it. And so it is for everything; could the cable be the first entity in the known world to be totally irrelevant? But let's take a more practical and less theoretical example, strictly for motoring, of how important it is to think about every aspect.

On the occasion of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix on September 1, 2019, the Ferrari team has decided. to have its new "Evo 3" engines tested by the Alfa Romeo and Haas satellite teams. The main team, after checking its reliability, adopted the same solution in the following Monza Grand Prix on 8 September. With the same Speaker engine, however, the result was quite differentwith a beautiful victory for Ferrari. The best placement obtained by the other two teams was the ninth place of the driver Antonio Giovinazzi.

How could this happen? Beyond the talent of the driver, everything that was connected to the engine and allowed it to function and "talk" with the other components was as important as its power, if not more so. The point is that, although the heart of the car was identical, all those less obvious (but very important!) ingredients were in one case of extreme quality, in the other two somewhat less so.

Differences between standard and Hi-End cables: the solution exists

There are Hi-End cables that were created to allow enthusiasts to enjoy their passion in the most authentic way. How? By aiming at excellence when it comes to structure, materials, conductors, insulators, terminations and so on. The necessary condition is to be equipped with a system of such refinement that the difference in performance between the old standard cables and the new Hi-End ones can be worthily felt. We must always pay attention to buy a cabling system that is proportional, at a qualitative level, to our system, otherwise we'll run the risk of having no feedback, even if we've bought a better product (unless the purchase is an investment in view of future upgrades). Special cables boast ad hoc solutions to eliminate all the problems described.

Here are some of the main ones:

  • shielding, which can be triple and made of a variety of materials, to protect the cable from interference
  • of high efficiency insulation materials
  • an effective management of the conductors, shielded, twisted with its twin, of very pure material and with incredibly thin strands
  • connectors made of a material that is actually suitable for the function they are to perform

The exclusive technologies Ricable for Hi-Fi and Hi-End

After an important research and development phase, Ricable has applied to its products the innovative technologies it has privately developed and has made the differences between standard and Hi-End cables even more evident.

R-TEC - Ricable Technology Construction is synonymous with the specific work that Ricable has carried out on the screens, so that in each project it has identified the most effective against interference, both in terms of structure and material, in order to determine efficient and never superfluous screens.

New materials, not generally used in the production of Hi-Fi and Hi-End cables, have been included inthe dielectric insulators, demonstrating unconventional experimentation. Among the most important innovations, the use of new thermoplastic compounds that allow to obtain better dielectric specifications than polyethylene and a greater flexibility than PVC, as well as better preserving the characteristics of the contact copper. Another important innovation is the inclusion in some models of a germanium semiconductor that reduces background noise in the audio signal (RNR System).

In the area of conductors, on the other hand, the technology was born MARC©which stands for Multicore Annealed Ricable Conductor. In this area, the improvements made have allowed to produce a copper conductor with purity 7N (99,99999%) incredibly more malleable than the previous one, thanks to the reduction of grains per meter of 25% compared to the AM-RCC one. This manufacturing implementation has allowed us to produce a smoother surface, more ductile and smaller diameter strand, for a reduction in skin effect and resistance, as well as greater flexibility and improved acoustics.

Last but not least something special, because we have found out that the use of conventional brass connectors can lose up to 50% of a connection's performance and we have started to RCCP (Ricable Copper Connector Project)with the aim of building new connectors with pure copper contacts. After more than two years of work, Ricable is now the first manufacturer to produce an entire series of Hi-Fi audio cables (series Invictus) with connectors made entirely of copper. For the other two series, the connectors are always made of copper, except for a few exceptions, where it was necessary to use a copper-tellurium alloy, which in any case is a far superior conductor to brass.

With the information contained in this article we have discovered what your passion for music deserves, but also what to do to avoid compromising your goal of reproducing it in high fidelity! The way to make sure that your electronics have a superior and excellent performance is through the quality Ricable, the result of care, attention and research. Take a look at our products and remember that ALL are covered by the special lifetime warranty Ricable!

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How to connect jumpers and speaker cables

When we buy a loudspeaker on its back we will have, in most cases, four terminals, in pairs of two, to which we connect our speaker cable, supported by standard jumpers. But how to connect jumpers and speaker cables?

And what are the double binding posts for? To connect our speaker in bi-amplification or bi-wiring.

These alternative modes of connection, almost always for the use of a small circle of enthusiasts, if not used, require that the HF (high frequency) and LF (low frequency) terminals remain jumpered together. The aim is to make the crossover work in unison.

Why is it that loudspeaker manufacturers, given the scarce use of bi-amping/bi-wiring, produce speakers with double connections? Well, it's difficult to give a precise answer, but one can speculate that it is to offer a more versatile and complete product. Or maybe it's because they are "more showy" and attract more attention from buyers. Certainly, they are present on almost all the speakers and, consequently, they have to be understood and managed properly, to avoid that a possible advantage becomes a disadvantage.

Immediately after having made the purchase of our new speakers, we will put to assemble them and we will be caught by a doubt. Should the speaker cable from the amplifier to the speakers be connected to the bottom pair or the top pair? That is, to the input intended for bass or high frequencies? And above all, will the jumpers supplied by the manufacturer of the speakers be adequate for the task they have to perform or will they ruin our efforts to improve the quality of the audio emitted by the system?

How to connect jumpers. Up or down?

The fundamental importance of jumpers arises from the fact that, over time, loudspeaker manufacturers have decided to make loudspeakers with two pairs of connectors and, therefore, a split crossover. The jumper is necessary to carry the signal at both high and low frequencies. But, in mono-wiring, where is it best to connect your speaker cable? Below or above? This is a question that many people ask themselves and to which we will try to give an answer.

Somebody says that the cable coming from the amplifier should reach the tweeter (or better mid-high) binding posts and not the bass one, leaving to the "chunks" or jumpers the task of bringing the signal to the woofer binding posts. High frequencies are the most delicate and sensitive portion of the audio spectrum, also because of the low voltages involved. According to these opinions, for this reason it is better that the signal from the amplifier reaches the tweeter binding posts without any other pieces of cable or metal bars in between (in simple words: contact resistance is minimized).

hifi jumpers how to connect them
hifi jumpers how to connect them

Others, instead, believe it is better to do the opposite, that is to privilege the woofer, the component that requires more power. In reality the differences are minimal, and only rarely does anything really change. What we suggest is first of all to make sure that the jumper doesn't act as a bottleneck in your system (see below how) and then make some attempts according to your ear and your system to understand if something changes.

There is no such thing as better quality than what we like best, even according to our own suggestions or habits. You can also refer to the instructions that accompany the product. It is true that it is about ten centimetres of cable and, unless the quality is particularly low, the problem does not arise. If it weren't that, sometimes, the standard jumpers are actually of very poor quality: a strip of brass.

How to understand if the jumpers are good and up to our system

As far as jumpers are concerned, the only way to check their goodness is to try to move the speaker cables from the bottom to the top terminals, and vice versa, but there are many different deductions that we could draw. So, let's make all the possible hypotheses and draw all the imaginable conclusions about how to connect jumpers and speaker cables. Here is the list of possibilities, presented in a schematic but exhaustive way:

  • move the position of the jumpers; if the sound changes, the jumpers are probably acting as a bottleneck and we recommend changing them for optimal performance;
  • If the sound doesn't change, maybe the jumpers do an excellent job and are adequate for the system.

Caution, though. In case the sound does not change, the following aspects should also be considered:

  • If the sound doesn't change, it may be that the speaker cables are so poor that they can't convey enough detail for us to hear differences;
  • Another hypothesis, if the sound does not change, could be that the system is not revealing enough and the jumper is not acting properly on the sound.

Having done the necessary tests, you find yourself needing to replace the jumpers on your speakers. Keep in mind that these should be of equal or better quality than the conductors that make up your cables Speaker - brass will not do.

For a choice without compromise, Ricable proposes its jumpers Dedalus e Invictuswith the former also optimized for the Magnus series or other lesser speaker cables. These are available in spade/spade as well as spade/banana versions. It is also possible to request a custom length. As for the speaker cables, however, the choice is more varied and takes up the four, now classic, series Ricable, namely Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

We use digital to make the analog world better

What is the DAC and how does it work?

What is a DAC? Maybe we don't realize it, but every day we use a digital-to-analog converter, more or less consciously. A DAC (the acronym stands for "Digital (to) Analog Converter") receives signals in computer language of "0" and "1" and makes them compatible with a system, with a PC, with a smartphone in order to be perceivable by the human ear. This is thanks to the appropriate cables, which in most cases are coaxial and signal cables.

It can be integrated, portable or measure more than 40 cm in width, it has a considerable number of digital inputs and from one to more analogue line outputs and it is made of two parts, both of which must be of high quality in order to get a good final result. Usually in the cheaper DACs the digital part is of very good quality because the costs are low, while the analogue part, which requires economic effort, is poor. Above all in this last part there are the main differences between a low end DAC and a high end one.

This does not affect vinyl or tape lovers, who are natively analogue. The commercial explosion of the DAC coincides with the diffusion of the liquid music. The arrival, in the eighties, of the CD player, does not convince the audiophiles because of the bad DACs inside these first models, unable to produce a sound equal to the vinyl one. In fact, the first players suffered from jitter (which we could define as time lag between the transmitted and the received signal). This is when manufacturers and buyers started to give particular importance to this tool, which became more and more important in its stand-alone and non-integrated form and, with the passing of the years, even more affordable. Ultimately, to answer the initial question "What is a DAC?", we could answer as follows: the DAC replaces the source to decode the digital audio signal, performing this operation in an optimal way.

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What to know when buying a DAC

The DAC is not only important, but fundamental, if you want to have maximum performance from your system. Its two main features are the signal-to-noise ratio and the THD(Total Harmonic Distortion).

The signal-to-noise ratio is often abbreviated to SNR(Signal to Noise Ratio). It is a numerical quantity that relates the power of the useful signal to the power of the noise in any information acquisition, processing or transmission system. In the field of Hi-Fi, the signal-to-noise ratio is one of the fundamental parameters, even if not the only one, for the evaluation of the performance of a system as far as sound cleaning is concerned.

There is also the SINAD, conceptually very similar to the SNR, which together with the noise also includes the distortion generated by the circuit; it gives a more precise evaluation of the degradation assumed by a signal due to the non-idealities of the equipment it passes through. Not surprisingly, it has been verified that a battery powered DAC works much better than one powered by a power supply.

Harmonic distortion and sampling in the DAC

A measure of the harmonic distortion present in a signal is the ratio of the sum of the powers of all harmonic components to the power of the fundamental frequency. Distortion factor, a closely related term, is sometimes used as a synonym. In audio systems, lower distortion means that the components of a speaker, amplifier, or microphone or whatever produce a more accurate reproduction of an audio recording.

When it comes to digital, you also have to be careful about sampling. Sampling is, to use a metaphor, taking a recording and taking many "photos" of it at regular time intervals. These photos are taken on multiple levels; the more levels we have the less time there is between photos, so the less quality we will lose. The number of bits of a DAC is just the index of how many levels I have; the sampling frequency is the index of the speed at which the photos are executed (the minimum is 24 bits at 192 kHz). Be careful, though: there are no incontrovertible technical data to define which device is better. They all suffer or enjoy the effects of non-measurable factors, which can be, for example, a good design or a bad arrangement of components.

The Ricable cables for your DAC: coaxial and interconnects. USB coming soon

Thereare multiple ways to connect the DAC to your source or amplifier. Here are the ones used in most situations. In the first case there are digital coaxial cablesThese carry the digital audio signal before it is converted to analogue and then amplified. Although they have the same connectors as RCA interconnects, they have an entirely different function.

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The most common usage scenarios are the connection between a digital source such as a CD player or PC (with the help of an interface) and a DAC. The series are the canonical ones Ricablestarting from the entry level Primusyou go through Magnus e Dedalusand ends with Invictus. Rather similar are the optical cables; these, however, are less musical and more suitable for other areas of use. The last type of cable is USB, especially when connecting a DAC to a PC. Ricable is working hard on an optimal solution for this and, after the research and development period, will bring to market a product that will guarantee its customers a connection with all the trappings.

Joining the DAC and the amplifier are instead signal cableswhich are used whenever an analogue signal, in Stereo mode and with RCA connection, passes from one device to another. Once again, the offer Ricable differs in the series Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

Power supply in Hi-Fi. Do cables matter?

Hi-Fi power cords, based on their three fundamental coordinates (resistance, capacitance and inductance), improve the quality of current transfer to any type of electronics that has a tray IEC. Think amplifier, preamplifier, DAC, players and audio players. But why are these cables important when they are "only" transferring current and not sound? Because interference, voltage variations and poor transmission affect what we hear. A proper power cord for your system can substantially improve the result. This, however, provided that the instrumentation is of such a level to perform a faithful reproduction of the original sound. In this case what we listen to will be enriched of nuances and contrast, in a wider, bright and musical context.

The consequences of poor nutrition

A premise is mandatory. Every home is a different story and must be considered for what passes through the conduits of the system and for those skeins of electrical wires that are in the junction boxes that you have in your home. It is not possible to ignore what is behind the walls. Ideally, therefore, a Hi-Fi system that aims for perfection should also have quality structural cables to support it. In addition to this, for excellent performance it is recommended that you purchase a mains conditioner, which 'cleans' the mains supply of noise and allows for more faithful and noise-free music reproduction.

It must be said, however, that the cables that pass through conduits, whether good or not, are "naturally" less subject to any kind of interference, internal or external, just because they are behind a wall. The critical passage is when the current transmission stops passing through the walls of the house and is out in the open, that is when it starts from the wall socket and, usually, ends in our audio source or in a multisocket. During this connection the power cord is subject to interference both from the outside to the inside and vice versa. The consequence of this EMI/RFI interference takes the form, in the listener, of distortion, loss of detail, balance and three-dimensionality.

Why power cords are important

Every day, we may tend to equate the power supply of our microwave oven with that of our hi-fi electronics, "because it's always a question of getting the required power to the desired device". Amplifiers and other equipment of this type, however, have a more delicate task than switching them on and off. They are used to reproduce as accurately as possible a signal that is constantly changing according to a very large number of parameters.

But that's not all. The time of day in which you listen to the music also affects the sound quality. As the late hours approach, there are fewer and fewer devices that use the mains, so the disturbance injected into it is reduced. Ultimately, audio systems tend to sound much better at night than during the day, as many enthusiasts have found.

The Hi-Fi mains cable influences the passage of the electrons swirling inside it. Therefore, if it is the means by which the whole system sounds, not only is its importance not negligible, but it ends up being fundamental with respect to the other cables. In fact, any shortcomings introduced cannot be made up for later. What we listen to is nothing but the electric current present in the energy distribution network, modulated according to the signal contained in the phonographic support. In addition to this, the electrical conduits are used for the transport of energy, but sometimes also for data transfer (powerline for example), which represents a source of disturbance.

The solution Ricable for optimal nutrition

We have carried out a meticulous study, supported by numerous tests, in order to find an effective remedy to interference. We have worked on geometries, shielding and insulation to create products that guarantee optimal immunity in the various product ranges. Starting with the Primus which has an optimal shielding for entry level equipment and goes up gradually to the series Invictus. This adopts a unique geometry, insulation and shielding system, ideal for equipment of absolute technical standing. In between we find Dedalus e Magnus that complete the offer and cover the needs of any electroacoustic.

Another feather in the cap of our power cables are connectors RCCP of the highest qualitywhich for Magnus are made of copper and for Dedalus e Invictus are made of pure OFC copper. All equipped with integrated ferrites, they allow the best connectivity you could wish for. Below you can find out more about Ricable Power , unique cables that guarantee your electronics to get the maximum detail, balance and listening dynamics.

The skin effect in cables Speaker

What it is and who discovered it. Not only electromagnetic waves

What is theskin effect and why is it so important for cables Speaker ? This was explained for the first time in 1887 by Lord Kelvin (born William Thomson), British physicist and engineer, developer of the Kelvin scale, and engineer and inventor of the electric telegraph, with the latter securing him fame and wealth.

By skin effect we mean the tendency of an alternating electric current to distribute itself unevenly inside a conductor. Its density is higher on the surface and lower on the inside. This leads to an increase in the electrical resistance of the conductor, particularly at high frequencies. In other words, part of the conductor is not used. This means more dissipation Speaker for the same applied current or less current for the same applied voltage, according to Ohm's law.

Why it's important for cables Speaker

The skin effect is fundamental because it affects not only the electric current, but any kind of signal, including audio. The skin effect means, to recap, a decrease in current flow density as the distance from the surface inwards increases.

There is some disagreement about the skin effect and its practical consequences on audio frequencies, i.e. whether it causes any damage other than simple loss Speaker . The problems are due to the fact that, even before the loss Speaker , the skin effect causes changes in the values of resistance and inductance. These values will tend to change continuously depending on the distance from the conductor surface. If the cross section of a cable is too large, the skin effect will also affect the reproduced audio frequencies. Delicate high frequency information will be flattened with a dull sound with truncated details.

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The consequences of the skin effect

The cable "sounds" less at the reproduced high frequencies, reducing them. This problem is most noticeable in cables Speaker , where the conductor sizes are larger and the connection runs longer. In interconnects the skin effect is less influential, because it acts outside the audio band. The consequences can be many, but the most common are as follows:

  1. Dark and gloomy tones
  2. Bloated and unnatural bass (Loudness effect)
  3. Loss of tonal balance
  4. Worsening in dynamics
  5. Loss of three-dimensionality

The skin effect affects the quality of the cables and how much they affect the sound transmission, especially when we are talking about cables Speaker , running from the amplifier to the speakers.

One possible solution is to coat the wires in silver. This metal has, in fact, a lower resistivity than copper, but silver-plated cables artificially color the sound that tends to emphasize the highest frequencies, not giving the listener a neutral sound.

The solution Ricable for the skin effect

Our tests have shown that increasing the number of conductor wires, by reducing the grains of processed copper, results in a substantial reduction in the skin effect. In other words, the Ricable technology exploits the use of a single conductor small enough to expel the audible distortion induced by the skin effect out of the audio range.

Years ago Ricable introduced AM-RCC conductors in power cables with outstanding results. Since that time, research has moved towards further improvement of the conductors. This has developed on several points.

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Thefirst is the multi-stranded conductor, with very thin strands down to 0.08 mm in the Invictus series (and a noticeable reduction in the skin effect compared to single-stranded, also known as solid core). The second point is made up of conductors of large section. This allows for a greater conductive surface and lower resistance.

The third feature conceived by Ricable to reduce the skin effect is given by from RCCP connectors (Ricable Copper Connector Project). Using copper instead of brass in the connectors also reduces the skin effect in the terminations. Finally, the studies carried out and the research activity, gave birth to the new conductor MARC©acronym for Multicore Annealed Ricable Conductor, which characterizes the entire production. Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

The improvements made have made it possible to produce a copper conductor with 7N (99.99999%) purity that is more malleable than its predecessor, thanks to a 25% reduction in grains per metre compared to AM-RCC. This manufacturing implementation allowed to produce smoother surface strands, more ductile and smaller diameter.

We, as enthusiasts, have worked to find a solution to the skin effect that really satisfies us 100%. The differences between the cables in the entire production break down the skin effect in a unique way. Whatever your system needs, you can look through our cables Speaker .