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

You've just discovered the fantastic world of Hi-Fi Audio and you're impressed with myriad information that, at first, is difficult to distinguish between relevant and useless. It's not simple, but maybe not so 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: source, amplifier and acoustic speakers. These three elements must be connected to each other with directly proportional value supports in order to obtain optimized performance. An inadequate cable would castrate the system, one that is too performing would be not harmful but, in the end, useless at listening level. Our focus is the wiring of High Fidelity audio electronics, so in this article we will exhaust the topic: choose the right Hi-Fi cable for your system.

Types of Hi-Fi cables

Before we even understand how much we need to spend to choose the right Hi-Fi cable for us, we have to figure out which Hi-Fi cables we need. This depends on its structure (is the source a PC? Or maybe a turntable? Is there a subwoofer?). Macrocategories 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 divide it into two other subcategories: analog signal cables and digital signal cables. In any case, signal cables are always used to move the signal from one device to another. Among the analogue ones we find those:

  • RCAto carry a signal with RCA connection in Stereo mode (Right/Left).
  • XLRwhich are the balanced version for the connection between two electronics that have XLR input and output.
  • Phonofor turntables, a variant of RCA signal cables useful for vinyl playback, one of the few techniques still entirely analog.
  • Subwoofer, monophonic signal cables designed to enhance the low frequency reproduction of active subwoofers.
  • Jack 3.5to connect high fidelity stereo equipment, with 3.5 mm, 6.3 mm Jack and Jack-RCA connection.

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

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

Let's talk now wire Speakeralso called speaker cables. These are used to connect the amplifier (integrated or power amp) to passive acoustic speakers with signal Speaker , i.e. the one that has already made the final amplification. There are also the power cablesnecessary to supply energy to any active component and carry the current to make it work. Finally we find HDMI cablesbut they are more about High Fidelity Video than Audio, for those who have a multi-channel system.

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

It is almost impossible to give an unambiguous answer, since there are so many variables and not so easily calculable. Just think of the listening environment. This is why we give you the possibility to always contact us during working hourswith the medium you prefer, so that we can give you advice tailored to your needs. A superficial, but at the same time very quick, estimate can be the following: for the wiring of an electronics it is advisable to spend 10-15% of its list value. Let's take 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 cable, the choice could be the Primus series, but also considering the possibility of the Magnus.
  • I have a 5,000 € amp and 10,000 € speakers. If I need a cable Speaker to connect the two electronics, considering the total value (15.000 €), the right choice could be Invictus Speaker.

Let us reiterate once again that this kind of reasoning is still sketchy. Just think of one of the elements we consider most when evaluating a purchase: the quality/price ratio. In case your product has a decidedly high quality/price ratio, you might think to take a cable of a higher series than the two examples above would say. On the contrary, in case you have paid so much for your turntable but, alas, it's not that high performing, it's not necessarily worth spending so much on wiring.

In medio stat virtus

Mind you. It's never going to be a great wiring damage to a mediocre system (if not for your wallet). What will happen is that you will have spent more than you should have without perceiving any substantial improvement. Since Ricable cables are guaranteed for life, however, you can buy a better performing cable than you need for future system upgrades. At this point, however, we would advise you to take advantage of Ricable Upgradewhich gives your used product the exact purchase value in case of exchange for a superior product. But back to us. If your hi-fi system is not detecting enough to bring to light fine tuning modifications, it is useless to invest too much on it. A much more sensible and balanced choice, compared to buying a single exceptional cable like the Invictus, could be to wire the whole system with good cables, like those of the Primus or Magnus series.

Let's take another example. He thinks he owns any small car and he thinks he's equipping it with high-performance, 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, on the contrary, be an infinitesimal upgrade. Or perhaps you wouldn't perceive any difference at all. The reverse is also true. Fitting standard tires on a bolide with 800 hp, 8,500 rpm engine and 12 cylinders, on the contrary, would be a bottleneck for the performance of the vehicle, and in the worst case it could compromise your safety.

The right cable for my Hi-Fi system

Choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for your system is not a straightforward matter. Also for this reason we have introduced warranty Satisfied or Refundedwhich provides for the possibility of return free of charge for a period of sixty days. As said, the variables are many, and therefore we believe it is necessary to give the possibility to carry out all the appropriate tests in your listening room. On the other hand, the fun of audiophilia also comes from the countless tests that we can carry out, experimenting with new solutions. Maybe in the company of friends of a lifetime, trying "the new piece" in their respective systems and comparing different opinions. The effort Ricable is to expand more and more its catalogue, 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 it's right for 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 such as Hi-Fi, is under everyone's eyes. A cable connects electronics to each other, and does so better or worse depending on the quality of materials, construction and many other aspects. Whether it is power, Speaker or signal, with a valid support that connects them, the electronics of our Hi-Fi system will work better themselves than with a poor or standard cable. A clarification that we have made in more than one of our articles(repeat iuvant): a Hi-Fi cable will never improve the sound emitted by your system. All it will do is deteriorate it as little as possible - which is no small thing, in fact, it is important to choose the best Hi-Fi cable for your electronic specifications. The cables Ricable, in this respect, are born to give back to the listener the maximum possible neutrality.

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Choose the best Hi-Fi cable

Imagine spending an eye in the sky to get an amplifier and level speakers, and then having a connection between them that compromises sound quality. It would have been better to do thirty-one instead of thirty, wouldn't it? An audiophile knows very well that the choice of an electronics is not only the result of an economic effort, but also of time, if we consider how long it takes to get the documentation and the related tests. So here comes a feature that is often underestimated: balance.

Let's be clear: the day is yet to come when we will recommend one of our top-of-the-range cables to an audiophile who owns a Hi-Fi system that meets the norm. An exceptional cable in a discreet system would not produce any damage, we would not need anything else; but the same system would probably not be so detectable to make you notice any difference compared to a less performing support, however good. The opposite could be far more detrimental - and that's what we were saying. A poor cable in a respectable hi-fi system will destroy all the efforts we've made to set it up.

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

Balance, then, really does play 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 non aerodynamic chassis. Or, still on the subject of High Fidelity, a system with a fine amplifier and poor quality speakers. A lot of effort for nothing.

As far as hi-fi cables are concerned, it's the same thing. It is not optimal to have good cables Speaker and bad signal cables, for example, just as it is important that the value of the system goes hand in hand with that of the cables used for the same. This is an unwritten rule, so you have to take the one we are going to write with pliers, but a good cost ratio between cable and electronics should be 10-15% of the list value. For example: a 1,000 euro amplifier should have 100-150 euro worth of wiring. 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 on second-hand and buy an amplifier for 1,000 euros whose original value, however, was 5,000 euros...The cost of the cables will in any case be EUR 500-750.

Four sets of Hi-Fi cables, for each wallet

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

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

Let us repeat here a concept already expressed: it's not a bad thing to wire your electronics with a higher level of cablebecause 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 itself, in that case, can not reveal more than that.

Hi-Fi cables balance and synergy

A certain balance must be preserved not only in the relationship between cables and electronics, but also between the Hi-Fi cables themselves. The first thing we recommend is a leveling of the wiring. Rather than taking a very good interconnect and a bad one Speaker , it is better to have both of them of medium level. The best thing would be to have the most even wiring possible, with the same series and brand for all connections. You have to start somewhere; in this regard, to choose the best Hi-Fi cable, we suggest you to have a look at our catalogue, including the whole offer Ricable.

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

One of the distinctive traits he Ricable holds most dear is the Made in Italy, in every aspect. From the design to the construction of the Hi-Fi cables, passing through the location of the company and employees. Another element that is added in this sense is the collaboration with Soisythe "marketplace for loans between private individuals to finance e-commerce purchases" based in Milan. In other words: from today it is possible to buy on the site Ricable by payment in installments and financing Hi-Fi cables.

How can I pay with Soisy funding on the site Ricable?

Paying for your new purchase Ricable in installments is very simple, in fact choosing this mode has few differences compared to any other method of payment. First, choose the product and put it in your shopping cart. At this point you can choose whether to view the cart or go to the checkout. In the first case, as shown on the screen below, you have the possibility to view a hypothesis of financing the Hi-Fi cables you wish to purchase. In the second case, as shown on the screen below, you can select Soisy financing as payment method. At this point you will be catapulted onto the platform. And that's where the beauty comes in.

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Choosing Soisy funding is a quick and convenient option for Hi-Fi cables?

The answer regarding your financing of Hi-Fi Ricable cables is very fast and painless, as well as 100% online. It will be given to you in three minutes, just by entering your Social Security number 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 a code sent via SMS. The interest rate is customized according to 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 accessible: 150 euros, and the number of installments is customizable, up to a maximum of five. The installment 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 take 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 top-of-the-range product Ricable and pay for it in installments, without it weighing on your budget*. Take a look at our catalogue.

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* Soisy financing is currently available only in Italy.

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How to find the phase in a Hi-Fi system

The followers of the blog Ricable will not find the concept of phase and out of phase completely new. We had already faced it when we offered you some tricksmost of the time free, with which to optimize the performance of the audio chain. In the case of particularly detective installations, to understand whether they are in phase or inout of phase, the ear may suffice. The difficult thing, however, is to "find out" which electronics are in phase and which are not. But let's start from the beginning, i.e.: what are phase and out of phasethen move on to explain how you can make tests to find the phase in your Hi-Fi system.

Phase and audio out of phase electronics

What does it mean to fine-tune the feeding phase? What supplies energy to our systems is the mains current, so a bad power supply of an electronics can only lead to a less performing operation of the same, which will directly affect the sound. The current reaches 220 V in three contacts in our homes: earth (in the middle, and in this case we are not interested), phase and neutral. Actually, an alternating current powered appliance works both in one direction and in the other, especially if the electronics are not very delicate, like an oven or a refrigerator. In some cases it is important to insert the plug in the right direction, 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 only one device in will out of phase 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 bass range, a sharper representation of the scene, a better focus and a more evident three-dimensionality. Two other premises: most devices have phase on the right side; the first phase should be done with the mains distributor and the mains air conditioner.

Find phase and out of phase in the wall socket

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

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You might even think about asking someone more experienced in this field to do it. When the phase-seeker screwdriver lights up, it will mean we've touched the point where 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 coloured cables: one blue (neutral), one yellow or green (earth) and a third of variable colour (black, white, brown...) which is the phase one. Now you can connect the power cord to the socket making sure that the two phases are corresponding.

Search 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 type of cable or connector, so only the power cable must be inserted. Once again we invite you to do these operations with the utmost care, especially if your electrical system is not equipped with a lifesaver (on the contrary, if your electrical system is not equipped with a lifesaver, you should really avoid getting involved!).

With the phase-seeker 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 phase-seeker screwdriver, which costs a handful of euros. Connect only the power cable and turn on the unit; use rubber insulating shoes to avoid grounding the reading of the phase-searcher, place the phase-searcher 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 would discharge everything to ground and it would be useless to make the measurement). Turn on the Phase Finder by placing a finger on the upper metal part. Once this is done, note the light intensity of the phase finder. Now you have to turn the plug of the power cord and repeat the procedure, to see if the light intensity is lower or higher than the other side.

The luminaire is in the right phase at the position of 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 that has just been marked is the one that is to be connected in phase with the wall socket. This measure is subjective, as the brightness of the light bulb of the phase finder depends on the electrical resistance of our body. For some people it might light up a lot, for others a little, for others 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 are talking about a little more than a dozen euros of expenditure). Connect the device as described in the first method. Set the tester's measurement value to AC mV. Place the negative pole tip on a non-paint insulated frame screw and the positive pole tip 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 and repeat the measurement; the lower value between the two measurements will correspond to the correct phase of the unit. Make a mark on the plug with a marker or other marker; the part of the plug just marked is the one that is to be phase-wired into the wall outlet. This operation must be repeated on each device, as long as it is always disconnected from the others.

The role of Hi-Fi power cables

At this point all devices are in phase, and you will only have to do this again if you want to insert a new electronics into your audio chain. If you have done everything correctly, you will notice that all device plugs will have the phase point you marked on the slipper. We would like to emphasize once again how an optimal power supply of your electronics can only contribute to the return of a firm and transparent sound. to our article. To have a solid and effective connection in your Hi-Fi system, instead, we suggest you to take 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 a few simple considerations before we begin. First of all, it is important to say that the number of setups 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 by splitting the integrated amplifier into the pre + power amp pair. Another curious consideration that we can make in this regard is the following: a banal object that we always have with us and that is overwhelmingly part of our routine, like the smartphone, contains within it the entire audio chain. Certainly with other performances, but our mobile phones contain speakers, DACs, amplifiers and everything 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, if you listen to liquid music. That's what the signal from the song we want to hear. Precisely for this reason the source will always be upstream of our Hi-Fi system, except for the mains air conditioner, which is positioned between the source and the power socket. A CD player reads data stored on a Compact Disc. CD players are able to read, in addition to the physical formats of the CD such as CD-R and CD-RW, the many logical formats of the CD (Audio CD, Video CD and so on) according to the software available on the CD player itself or the computer that hosts it. The sound of a CD is digital.

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The turntable, on the other hand, is an electric sound reproduction device consisting of a turntable, on which a vinyl record is placed, which will be read by an arm equipped with cartridge and stylus, sliding on the appropriate grooves. It is also the evolution of the gramophone, invented in the second half of the 19th 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 locally saved or Played by streaming. Technically they are the most performing solution, but they are less immediate to configure 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 because of its position, as it is in the middle, between source and speakers. A little bit because it is the point where information, whether it comes from a 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 main categories: tube and transistor. The former are characterized by being the only ones on the market until a few decades ago - today they address a niche - as well as... valves.

Thanks to these the input voltage increases and, according to many audiophiles, this leads to more musicality, more "warmth". Heat, however, is not just figurative. Tube amps heat up a lot and consume a lot of power, so much so that it takes a few minutes before the tubes reach the correct temperature. Last but not least, the purchase price is on average much higher than a transistor amplifier.

Different is the discourse about amplifiers with transistor structure. These tend to have a high current, not voltage, at the input. Transistor amplifiers today make up the vast majority of those on the market. Another subdivision we can make regarding amplifiers is that they can be integrated or separated into the preamp and power amp pair. In this case, it is the integrated ones that saturate the market. The purchase of an amplifier, however, should always go hand in hand with that of loudspeakers, which we discuss in the next paragraph.

But let's first say a few words about amplifier classes as well. These have nothing to do with the ones we find when we talk about appliances. The classes, when it comes to amplifiers, do not denote either the consumption or the quality of the amplifier. Rather, they represent the internal functioning, the structure of the amplifier; but it is possible that a class D amplifier sounds better than a class A amplifier. Quality really depends on many factors.

The acoustic speakers

How to choose the amplifier and loudspeakers? 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 in the high or low frequencies. But luckily there are also more objective parameters that we can calculate to clear our heads. The output power of an amplifier should in fact be equal, or slightly higher, than the two speakers added together. On the instructions there are often indications in this sense. In the case of loudspeakers that receive too little power, the sound output will be below expectations; in the case of loudspeakers that receive too much power, the risk of ruining them will be concrete.

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The loudspeakers are therefore the device that, finally, transforms the electrical signal coming from an audio amplifier into sound to reach the listener. Although they can be divided into active (i.e. with integrated amplifier) or passive loudspeakers, you will hardly find anything that really has anything 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 room, of which we will never stop emphasizing the importance, both contained, it will be better to decline on the bookshelf speakers, supported by a good subwoofer.

Let's underline once again how the layout 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 make of it (musical or multimedia) and to many other factors. In other location we had a chance to talk about bi-wiring and bi-amping.

What about the cables?

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

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Music never goes on holiday: Ricable it will stay open all August

Music never goes on holiday and will therefore Ricable remain open for the whole month of August. You're asking a lot of people, and we thought it was right to repeat it with a custom-made post. So our main services will remain valid, that is:

  1. Fulfilling 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. Pick up at our premises at the scheduled times (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), subject to confirmation by telephone or in writing

We wish everyone who goes there a happy holiday. Instead, 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 for a state of emergency. Each expedition will be carried out with the care and speed that distinguishes Ricableit; moreover, it will be prepared with all the necessary measures so that it is packaged in a sterile and hygienic environment.

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What a Hi-Fi system is like to listen to liquid music

In the last few weeks we have been focusing on the enjoyment of liquid music in Hi-Fi. Earlier we talked about platforms that allow you to stream our favorite music; after that we passed to those that, instead, allow you to download to store locally or in the cloud the most beautiful songs. But the question we ask ourselves 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 from the amplifier onwards (whether integrated or composed of the pre and power amp pair) remains unchanged. What changes shape is what comes first: the source and everything about it. We are used to having a CD player or turntable as source, usually. With 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 locally saved playlists or listen to music via some streaming service.

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In the first case we'll have to rely on software to reproduce the tracks; there are several of them, and we'll probably deepen the discussion with a separate article, but for now we'll just report the most widespread (as well as free): Foobar2000. Using a PC as a source is, without discussion, the best technical solution. But it is one of the least immediate that you can use, both hardware and software side. The first aspect is related to the fact that, if you want a PC designed specifically for listening to music, you will have to fold on specific houses able to contain the noise and vibrations emitted by ventilation. As for the software side, instead, you will need to remove everything that is not necessary for listening to music in order to have optimal performance.

Once this is done, the essential next step is to purchase a DAC level. The one installed in the vast majority of PCs is very bad and risks being a heavy bottleneck for the rest of the system. There are, however, level sound cards that can avoid having an external DAC. They tend to be used less for two reasons: the first is that these cards can only be used with the PC, while the external DAC allows use with other sources; the second is that they are poorly shielded from interference generated inside the PC. So if we opt for the DAC, it will have to be connected, via USB cable (which we are working on for its introduction in the catalogue), between source and amplifier.

Another component that is not fundamental but certainly of interest is the DSP. DSP stands for digital signal processing; with these three words we indicate the processing of signals represented in real time numbers. 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 is placed side by side with it. The first advantage of having this component in your system is the reduction of the load on the computer CPU. This is an aspect that, however, given the computing power reached today even by a mid-range PC, is disappearing.

Secondly, we assume that the analog signal is converted into a stream of numbers. The computing power for processing the digital signal allows many advantages over analog processing, such as the 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 passing 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 combined with a microphone. With this combo, through some DSPs, it is possible to "probe" the listening environment so that the changes made to the track by the processor make high, medium and low frequencies equalized according to the context in which they are emitted.

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Liquid music without PC

So there's no escape for those who don't like it or don't have time to set up a computer? No, fortunately there are other valid ways to enjoy 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.

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

Not only that. Even using a network player we can rely on some DSPs (but this is a rare circumstance), which still allow a less wide range of customizations than you can do with a computer. The main problem with network players is their longevity and ductility. There are already many platforms for listening to high definition streaming music and many more will be born (as well as some will disappear). The fact that almost all network players do not have an operating system in favor of greater ease of use, could make these steps traumatic, unless the manufacturer updates the firmware. Even at still bowls, in fact, it may happen that the network player you want does not support the platform you are used to using. In short: you have to evaluate well pros and cons.

Hi-Fi audio cables for a liquid music system

In terms of cabling, in a Hi-Fi system designed to work with liquid music, it is the USB cable, on which Ricable he is working and which should be on sale from September. We have made a brief mention of the coaxial cable because of the connection between network player and DAC, coaxial cable that is already in the catalogue and that we invite you to discover together with all our other products.

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Five sites to buy and download FLAC music

A couple of weeks ago we published an article with some nod to the history of liquid music, adding a quick overview of how, in recent times, this mode of enjoyment has become attractive to many audiophiles. On that occasion we focused mainly on streaming; today, instead, we want to deepen the discussion on the 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 liquid music download sites

HDtracks is the first site that we recommend talking about buying music in high definition. It was one of the first sites to offer the download of tracks in high resolution. You can see it, alas, from the interface and graphics, not very up-to-date. This means that the prevailing genres in the catalogue are mainly rock, jazz and classical music, which 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 it comes to lossless music, so: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD. The biggest problem of HDtracks, however, is another one, in addition to not very competitive prices: the need, in Italy, to make purchases through VPN and choose as origin USA or UK. Doing otherwise, the number of tracks that can be purchased will be drastically reduced and we will almost only be able to navigate 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 does not present a very up-to-date interface, but it focuses on a blog with in-depth analysis and interviews, as well as a brief but exhaustive presentation of the artists. The catalogue 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; it is also available in Italy and does not require any VPN. Not only that, 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 subscribe a hybrid subscription (download + streaming) that allows you to get discounts on the direct purchase of music tracks.

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

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The first thing that would jump out at anyone who had to visit Bleep for the first time, it would certainly be the kind of offer offered to the audiophile. Bleep, in fact, intercepts a user with special and niche tastes. 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 chorus" also manifests itself 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 purchase the file, there are those to take home the CD, the vinyl or, hear hear, the cassette tape. But that's not all yet, because Bleep also presents a merchandising section for all intents and purposes where you can find clothing, books and other accessories of the most underground labels.

HighResAudio looks rather Spartan in appearance, except for the presence of badges that will indicate limited time offers (prices are competitive anyway) or the format. HighResAudio, without so many pleasantries, throws us in the face of many albums directly on the home page, roughly divided by best sellers, recommended and major record labels. To be canonical (at least for an audiophile) are also the main genres in which the catalogue ramifies: classical, jazz, rock and pop (there are 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 careful editorial side, even if in English, with some advice at Hi-Fi level and numerous reviews of music albums.

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An important notation to end the discussion: HDtracks and HighResAudio do not allow you to buy the single track, but only the whole album. An aspect that some audiophiles might consider fundamental. Regardless of which service to download FLAC music you choose - the best, the cheapest or the most alternative one - it remains essential to have quality electronics and connections. Click the button below to see 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 starting: let's say "liquid music" any track that can be played without traditional phonographic support (CD, vinyl or tape). So let's talk about music tracks present as digital files on our hard disk, on a memory card, on a USB stick or on a portable player like any MP3 player. PCs configured for music playback are an excellent solution, despite the fact that the built-in DACs are poor (PC sound card), and therefore an external one is required, and despite the noise emitted by the cooling fans. Also for this reason, he Ricable is designing and perfecting his USB cable, so as to give also to the users of Hi-Fi liquid music an adequate support.

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

There's no point in going around it. Beyond the unquestionable merits that liquid music can have, such as an objective gain of space and total portability, its diffusion has been drastically favoured by the illegal sharing among users. Peer-to-peer exchange platforms like Napster, Audiogalaxy, LimeWire and eMule have had an easy life, achieving amazing results and enviable skeletons. Just think "the mule", able to boast 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) of almost seven hundred million.

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But how can instruments like these exist in the sunlight? They can be because they attach themselves to their being "instruments". These are programs that are simply meant for file sharing. Then, that users make illegal use of them, is another matter, and this cannot be attributed to the program they use. But, at most, to the individual users themselves. The logic is, in fact, unassailable, since no one would ever think of closing WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Drive or Dropbox if users exchanged 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 diffusion of platforms for the purchase or legal listening to files has taken root more and more deeply.

Liquid music and Hi-Fi? The time is ripe

Liquid music has taken hold thanks to "crossroads", then. But some advantages are undeniable. Think about the convenience of not having to change CDs or vinyl (especially when you have hundreds or thousands of them), the transversality of the reproduction source, the sharing of music tracks with other devices on local LAN or NAS (Network Attached Storage), the possibility to create custom playlists (the dear ones, old compilations ... but tailored for us), the certainty of being able to play endless times a track without fear of deteriorating it. And much more. Such as the possibility, far from being trivial, to discover new artists thanks to the suggestions of any on-demand Hi-Fi liquid music service.

What liquid music never really rhymed with until recently was quality. You want it for much slower connections than you have today, for reduced storage space, or to share files with friends and family as quickly as possible. A situation that mirrors all of this (fast internet, USB pen drives of hundreds of GB that can be purchased 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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What? Thanks to the progressive decrease of the initially more widespread files, compressed or lossy (MP3, AAC, Ogg and so on) compared to the native ones (WAV), in favor of those compressed without loss or even uncompressed or lossless (think of the FLAC format, able, through a refined coding, to keep the WAV quality unchanged, while reducing the space occupied). 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. The uncompressed files, instead, enjoy resolutions and sampling 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 engravings are considered excellent. However, the highest level of audio quality is achieved with 24-bit/352 kHz DXD WAV format 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 by normal CD-quality material, but that the recordings were made directly from the original master.

Hi-Fi music services in streaming on demand

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

So, the best streaming on demand platform for a hi-fi audiophile is definitely the following 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 (of which almost two hundred thousand in high definition), the app is available for iOS, Android and desktop, although you can also rely on the simple browser via web player. Finally, there are two types of subscriptions. The most expensive one does not exceed twenty euros per month, with the possibility of subscribing to a family subscription and saving even more money. There is also the option of a free thirty-day trial. At the moment, there is no reason for an audiophile to choose anything else.

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

This is the speech the creators of Primephonic...that oversees the genre of classical music. It also boasts ad hoc functions for those who are beginners and want to get to know it. It has a catalog of less volume than the competition, but if you love classical music (and only that), Primephonic is the right choice. Maybe you can add it to another a bit more "flexible" platform. For Amazon Music Unlimited the speech is similar to Apple Music: the service is excellent, but there is no reason to prefer it, if not, perhaps, an extended cross-platform compatibility. The Amazon on-demand service also works with smart TV, car and, of course, Amazon Echo. We recommend it to those who are a loyal Amazon customer and already enjoy the various Prime, Video and the like. So as not to break their subscriptions too much and maybe enjoy some offers related to loyalty.

They close our review Deezer...which is also a podcast; Qobuz, usable 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 of tradition and innovation is total. And developments in this sense could be one of the hottest topics of the near future in the Hi-Fi environment. Just think of the flashback of classic vinyl and the new turntables, more and more often equipped with Wi-Fi and manageable by smartphone. Peripherals that natively support music streaming services are, instead, already the present. Hi-Fi liquid music is convincing audiophiles more and more and will become increasingly important even among this type of audience, traditionally sceptical and suspicious. We are designing our USB cables to arrive prepared for the future. In the meantime, take a look at our catalogue and subscribe to our newsletter: we will inform you as soon as they are available.

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The length of the Hi-Fi cables Speaker

What should be the length of the Hi-Fi Speaker cables ? Banally: the one 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 speaker cable length. 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 too long, it would be unsightly and, even worse, it would end up rolling up; if, on the other hand, it was too short... you would have to buy another one. Or you may need to change the positioning of your electronics, perhaps optimized in countless tests. There are some directions to follow and some things to know before making any decision.

The cables Speaker in the Hi-Fi system

The premise to any talk about the length of Hi-Fi cables Speaker is that often it is not just a question of aesthetic values or pertinent to the individual cable. Each system is composed of a series of elements, more or less numerous, which are called to play a team game. On the one hand there are the electronics, which emit magnetic fields, noise and vibrations, on the other hand there are the cables, which carry disturbances if 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 monitor: interference. A well shielded quality cable, such as thoseRicable, not only stops interference from the outside, but does the same with those coming from the inside. So as not to influence "teammates" negatively. Some audiophiles claim that the benefits of not having electronics too close to the speakers will always outweigh the disadvantages of having very long cablesSpeaker , for example. That said, when planning your Hi-Fi system setup, it is good to keep in mind that the cable Speaker runs are not parallel to others, especially the power supply cables. If you have to cross them, you should run them perpendicularly. Having a custom-made cable, in this sense, can make life a lot easier.

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

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Different length of Hi-Fi cables Speaker

The discussion about the length of the Hi-Fi cables applied to the cables Speaker is interesting for another reason. The speaker cables have the particularity of starting, except bi-ampingfrom the same device, and then terminate at a distance of meters 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 relative requirements to the listening room...have 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 actually 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. Going beyond this difference in length, the speakers start to sound differently in an obvious way. 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 earlier.

An exception 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. Ultimately, if you want to use different cable lengths, it is always best to ask the electronics manufacturer for additional advice. One last consideration should be made when talking about Home Cinema. Speakers designed for this purpose are less prone to sound differences when the cables Speaker have two different lengths.

Conclusions

Coming to conclusions. The longer the cable, the more the quality of the cable counts. In particular it is good to consider that the more the length of the Hi-Fi cable increases, the more the section of the cable itself will have to be taken into account, which will become more and more important in not deteriorating the sound. Ricable is characterized by a handmade production; since we make our Hi-Fi cables by hand, we can build them exactly of the length you expect. Just fill in the form below.

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The importance of the listening environment in Hi-Fi

There are countless factors that distinguish the performance of a hi-fi system. The ones we think about first are electronics and cables. Which in turn are divided into various types: amplifiers, loudspeakers, sources and much more in the first case, Speaker power cables, signal cables and so on in the second. To this we add the variables of manufacturer, model, wear and, really, who has more, the more you put. For the joy of audiophiles, there is a lot to enjoy in terms of tests and trials to be carried out. One element, however, is often forgotten, perhaps deliberately, since it is the one on which it is more difficult to intervene. Let's talk about the listening room in Hi-Fi, an environment whose importance the ancient Greeks immediately realized; just think of it at the Ancient Theatre of Epidauruswhich still boasts perfect acoustics and impressive acoustics today. So here are four general tips to improve yours.

The Hi-Fi listening triangle

It's about the council that can bring everyone together. The listening triangle is the one that should be formed having as points of an equilateral triangle the two speakers and the listener's head. The symmetry must be total, just as it is important that the height at which the speakers are placed, particularly the tweeter, is the same as the listener. Some audiophiles, however, prefer a setting that is close to the shape of an isosceles triangle; as we wrote in the introduction, there are many variables, so what we can recommend is to test far and wide, to understand which is the best training according to your Hi-Fi listening environment and your taste. In any case, the preferable shape of the listening room is undoubtedly the rectangular one, either 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.

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Absorption of sound waves is what we have to do if we find the high frequencies too sharp in our hi-fi system. Fortunately, this is something we can do with everyday objects. Curtains, bookshelves and paintings are all good for our purpose, as long as they don't have any reflective glass tops. You can think of buying sound absorbing panels, now present in many specialized stores, but you can also get good results with the tools mentioned above, having feedback without putting hand to the wallet. With the surplus of bass, the solution of the problem becomes a bit more complicated.

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If you hear the low frequencies too loud, or notice real rumbles, you should try to move the furniture or at least intervene with carpets. There are specific ones for this purpose, which can always be found in specialist shops. In case the expense seems substantial, you can always decline on the carpets that you have at home, giving a preference to thick and long-haired carpets. The furniture, finally, can be an ally in smoothing the corners of the room. If possible, place a cabinet at 45° or a bookcase placed sideways, or at least a plan, to reduce too pronounced reflections.

Listening room materials

The materials that surround us contribute significantly to the sound performance of the system in the Hi-Fi listening room. Unfortunately, however, if we have problems due to them, we often have to spend a lot of money. Let's talk, for example, about the walls. The thicker and more solid they are the better, both for the impact of the 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 near the corners of the room and that they are covered with curtains, especially the second ones.

The wall to pay most attention to is the one behind the speakers. 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 that of some possible (and recommended) picture on the side walls with respect to the listening point. Now let's think about the floors, so the best material is wood. The worst are the marble ones (too reflective) or the carpet ones (very absorbent). Luckily, in this case we won't have to improvise as skilled carpenters, but much less will suffice. In the case of tiled or marble floors, in fact, a thick carpet between the speakers and the listening point will significantly reduce the problems. In general, reflective surfaces should be avoided as much as possible.

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Exploiting the walls

We think of the walls mainly as a problem to solve. That's partially true. Most 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 a prerequisite for a good acoustic performance of our Hi-Fi system.

At the same time, when the level of the electronics goes up to at least good, the three-dimensionality of the scene and the sound image comes into play. The sound image is the illusion of having a full-fledged stage in front of it, 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. Please note that there are also ad hoc panels designed for this purpose.

Final considerations

To all these considerations, we must add some finals. The first is that the higher the level of the system, the greater the sensitivity to any changes made. On the other hand, if you have a poorly performing Hi-Fi system, you will hardly be able to work miracles, even if you take all possible precautions. It has to be said, however, that a good system, put in a position to give the best of itself, will be able to give satisfactions to the listener; at the same time, an amazing Hi-Fi system placed in a room acoustically very bad will be extremely disappointing to listen to.

The second consideration we want to make is that, on this occasion perhaps even more than on other occasions, long tests to be carried out are the fundamental starting point to understand how to move. So put your brain in a position to concentrate exclusively on 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 fragmented settings over a rather long period of time, avoiding "attack and disconnect". Finally, don't forget the importance of the Hi-Fi listening environment not only from a sonic point of view, but also from the emotional impact.

Before we leave you to explore our catalogue, we want to tell you a little something. Some say that glasses improve listening, as they reflect the signal so that part of it coming from the right speaker doesn't reach the left ear, and vice versa. This is helped by the lateral amplitude of the image. Will this be true? We don't think so, but it costs nothing to try...

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Why buy directly from the site Ricable?

It is certainly very convenient to buy from one place, with one online order, everything we need. But are we sure this is the best choice to make? We think, as well asRicable, and above all, what we produce: Hi-Fi cables. Objects that are not exactly cheap and, although robust practically, very delicate in the theoretical field. Between listening tests, time to get used to the sound, comparisons with friends to do, electronics to connect ... we think that enjoying a prolonged period to make the return, is the minimum necessary. Which is just one of the advantages we offer our customers. That's why you should think about buying directly from the siteRicable.

Speed, safety 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 Troniteckhas 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 the day before yesterday, quite the contrary. In fact, Troniteck was born back in 2005, when e-commerce in Italy was still seen as something almost at the limit of legality, between some doubts and tons of skepticism. Amazon didn't even exist, and eBay was just a start-up. In short: by taking care only of our products, we can treat them with greater care, even before they arrive at your home.

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But beyond the higher speed and higher reliability, there are many other benefits awaiting customers. One of them 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 a Lifetime Warranty. However, you will have to activate it manually. If you choose to buy directly from the websiteRicable, it will be activated automatically, without moving a finger.

Another interesting aspect is the possibility to customize the product. We have already talked about this in a specific way in another article. But we would like to specify how, being located entirely in Italy and ordering directly on our website, it is possible to request many types of customization. And many of these without additional costs. In case you proceed with the purchase from third parties, any option in this sense will be precluded.

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

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Buying directly guarantees continuous support and unique promotions

We have already had occasion to mention how Ricable attentive she is to the needs of the customer. But this is not only reflected in the speed of delivery, but in many other aspects. The shipment, in fact, is also fully insured against damage, loss or any other type of inconvenience. Those who buy from the site Ricable are sure to receive what they have ordered, always. Last but not least, 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 worldwide for free. To all this we add another factor that we occasionally have to deal with: product counterfeiting or fraud.

Through Facebook we warn you as soon as possible to be careful of this or that other site, but to be always and in any case calm just buy directly from the site Ricable.

If who sells a product is directly the manufacturer, it is obvious that the customer can get better and more relevant answers, as well as through a preferential channel, by contacting him directly. This can be accessed both in the pre-sale phase, when it is necessary to understand what it does for us, and in the after-sale phase, in case we need assistance. The evolution of time and technology has allowed us to a system that is close to the customer at all times. To all this we add the fact that we cyclically organize some important special initiatives only for our customers, such as "Try aRicable", which has proved to be a huge success, and of which we are publishing all the reviews we've gotten. Waiting for the next one... why don't you take a look at our catalog?

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With Ricable the customization of Hi-Fi cables is total

One of the main advantages of hand-crafted Hi-Fi cables is that you can offer your customers products of extraordinary quality. But that's not all. One of the hallmarks of Ricable is also to offer a wide range of customizations, many without additional cost. This is always linked to the fact that we design and manufacture our products totally in Italy. The most obvious customization of Hi-Fi cables is undoubtedly the one related to the length, but there are many others that can be tempting for the inspiration of a true audiophile.

Forks in Speaker Hi-Fi cables

Undoubtedly the most frequently requested customization is the forks, used in cables Speaker instead of bananas. As we have written in a previous articlecalculating for and against forks are also the best solution you can adopt, compared to bananas or peeled wire. Forks can be requested for any cable, either on one side or both, by simply inserting a note to the order or with a subsequent communication. The price does not vary.

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Further customizations

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

As for XLR and RCA cables, there is the possibility to wire them in various semi-balanced configurations with at least one XLR connector. The reference price, in this case, is that of balanced XLR cables.

Now we move on to XLR cables - Jack 6.3. 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 connectors for the Magnus series are available, possibly compatible with the Primus series, but not with the Dedalus and Invictus ones.

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

As they say, finally: the eye wants its share too. So, if for furnishing reasons or personal taste you want a different colour sheath than the standard one for a certain series, you can also request a certain cable with a different sheath. For example, you can request a Dedalus Speaker (orange) with Magnus coating (dark).

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Ricable has no limit when it comes to customizing hi-fi cables. Being a full-fledged manufacturer, 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's always a heated diatribe over the break-in of a hi-fi cable. Some audiophiles tell us that it is superfluous to break in cables, while others tell us that it is just as important as breaking in other Hi-Fi components. First of all, what is break-in and why is it important?

What is break-in and why is it important?

The break-in of Hi-Fi components is performed simply by running the apparatus 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, as some components have a significant change in sound performance before and after break-in. RicableAs a manufacturer, officially it does not believe that the break-in of a Hi-Fi cable is 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 felt a marked improvement after a break-in period of a fortnight.

Why some yes and some no? We have always said that every Hi-Fi system is unique and this makes us think that the insertion of one of our cables in different systems can be done in a different way, even when it comes to break-in.

Since it doesn't cost anything, do it!

The great thing about break-in, whether it's a cable, an amplifier or an acoustic speaker, is that it doesn't come at a cost and doesn't involve abstruse techniques to put it into practice. So our advice is to always do it before making any judgement about it.

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The evaluation of a Hi-Fi cable

Many of our customers have confessed to us that they have seen a marked improvement after dozens, if not hundreds of hours of "running in" our cables. What comes into play here is an extremely interesting aspect, which we could define as the break-in of our ear. At the base of cable Ricable design there is an indisputable keyword: neutrality. Each cableRicable, even with the inevitable differences due to the quality of the series to which it belongs, aims to give back to the listener a sound that is as close as possible to the one conceived by the artist who made the track, interfacing with the electronics it connects.

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

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More than once, we have sold used (i.e., routed) cables. Curiously, we were told that, after a while, the sound had improved. Given this, we can assume that if a person has been 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, when a component (in our case a cable) changes, at first glance he may be dissatisfied, because his ear is used to the previous sound. With the passage of time, the component may also burn out, but it is mainly the ear that assimilates the new sound. After the right period of time, the return to the old component is no longer even ponderable by the person.

Fifteen days to get the doubts out of your head...

That is why a theoretical advice we give is not to make tests and comparisons with "the attack-stack" 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 therefore to set up a comparison based on listening tests of sufficient duration. Directly derived from this suggestion, there is also an advantage that we offer our customers much more practical. We are referring to the warranty Soundone or refunded extended even to sixty days, exactly four times longer than required by law. This is the only way we feel we can offer a period of time, in our opinion, sufficient to make a proper "break-in". A break-in of both our cable and our hearing. At the basis of all these considerations there must be the fact that the cables in question are quality productslike the ones we offer our customers. To find out all our series and all our cable types, please click on the button below.

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How it works RicableUpgrade, the world's unique Hi-Fi cable exchange service

Someone already knows him, and maybe even has. Someone else, however, I have yet to find out. But we're sure as soon as he does, he won't be able to help himself. We're talking about Ricable Upgrade, the exchange service of Hi-Fi cables offered in this sector exclusively by Ricable, which allows its customers to enhance the used and have a new product, guaranteed for life. But how does RicableUpgrade work?

What's RicableUpgrade?

Let's start with the basic condition: to be in possession of a cableRicable. This is obviously the first step necessary to be able to take advantage of Ricable Upgrade. What might be less obvious is that you do not need to have purchased on this site. If you bought the cable from a retailer or an online marketplace, it's no problem; just have the opportunity to prove your purchase (receipt, email confirmation, receipt and the like). You don't even have to be in possession of 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 your new Ricable. The price you will have to pay will be only the net cost difference 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 will never have too many cables, but, on the contrary, you will always have the maximum performance concentrated in your system, even when you may decide to change your electronics.

Total transversality

There are some additional notes that deserve some attention. First, the exchange is transverse. You can exchange one signal cable for anotherSpeaker , provided that you make an upgrade at series level. But RicableUpgrade is an "elastic" service also in another way; even if your cable is out of stock or belongs to a series at the end of production, no problem, it will still be considered valid. So there is always the certainty of maximizing your investment in the years to come. To this we add the time gain compared to the possibility of reselling your cable to a private individual.

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We'll save you all the hassle of placing an advertisement online, negotiating to complete and more. Better than that, you really can't. But how to activate this procedure?

How can I join?

So here's how RicableUpgrade works. It's very simple. But now we understand how we can join it. To do that, you just need to fill out 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 suggest you watch the illustrative video or consult the RicableUpgrade page (which also offers an example and the complete settlement), which can be reached via the button below. Otherwise you can, as always, contact us in chat here on the site or with another of the many means that we provide you with.

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Bananas, forks or skinned cable in Hi-Fi?

Better to finish with bananas, forks or leaving the wire peeled? This is one of the questions customers ask us most frequently. Every solution has its advantages and disadvantages, which we will tell you about in this new article in our blog. A necessary premise, however: our speech makes sense when connections are applied to high quality equipment and considering a high level of materials used. For example, a pure copper banana will be better than a brass one. So let's take a look at what is the best solution between bananas, forks and stripped wire.

The Speaker Hi-Fi cable terminated with bananas

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

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

  1. More hold over time.
  2. Increased contact surface area.
  3. If you loosen the BFA spring system, you can reset it by expanding 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 the Primus, a series for which, however, we have foreseen an increased foil to avoid bending.

The last type of bananas, the most common, is the expansion type, which through a pivot system allows a constant and precise hold (Invictus series). There are other types of bananas less widespread, but the most widely used are these three.

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The Hi-Fi cable Speaker with forks

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The fork termination of a Hi-Fi Speaker cable is perhaps the best possible compromise between practicality and performance. Despite this, the fork is much less required and used for cable terminationSpeaker . Ricablehowever, it makes all cables with banana plugs, with the possibility of having them terminated, on one side or both sides, with forks, with no change in price.

While the banana is universal for each clamp, as the hole is universal, for the fork the compatibility depends very much on the size of the clamp pin.

Ricable (but almost all forks on the market are like this) use double overhang forks, which fit the vast majority of pins. The higher performance is guaranteed by a larger contact surface area 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 clamps, which have a knurled part that prevents them from coming loose.

This solution is less convenient than "put and take off", because each 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 happens to have small holes for the stripped cable or large conductors. Another disadvantage of the fork is that many multi-channel amplifiers do not accept it, while they always accept banana and stripped cable. An advantage of the fork over the banana is that less space is needed behind the contact, because the cable goes immediately parallel to the unit, while with the banana you need some space behind for the connector and the starting cable.

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The Stripped Speaker Hi-Fi Cable

In terms of performance the peeled cable is the best solution, because every element that is added in the transmission of a signal tends to make it worse. So why do you use banana and fork connectors, especially in the most valuable cables? For a simple reason, because 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 conduction performance, taking away all the advantage of not having the connector.

You can dab this situation by stagnating the skinned part, to dab the oxidation a bit, but it will never be like plating a connector. It also defeats all the benefits of a stripped cable connection.

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

Warning: rather than using poor quality connectors, much better is the stripped, maybe tinned cable. Quality connectors, when calculating advantages/disadvantages compared to stripped cable, are always better. 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 clamps 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 one that is not oxidized.

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Conductivity Signal
Oxidation Protection

Bananas, forks or skinned wire? All these considerations fall when using poor quality bananas or forks; in this case the sound quality would inevitably be so good that I would recommend you without if and without but the use of peeled cable. RicableIn addition to offering customized length, it also gives its customers the possibility to choose the termination, if with bananas or forks. Just tell us in a note when you complete your purchase. For those who want to make use of a peeled cable, we can only postpone to our Custom division...designed for auto builders.

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Coronavirus situation (updated Ricable12 March 2020)

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

  1. Fulfilling 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 a comprehensive agile or smart working environment and implemented maximum security in the production unit. This in order to be able to guarantee an adequate service for the emergency situation. Until a date to be determined, for security reasons, we have closed access at our plant to any person not covered by our preventive plan. This will not be possible:

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

In spite of the Covid-19 emergency, we have decided to continue our activity in a reduced but equally effective form, respecting all the preventive regulations indicated by 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 do you design a cable Ricable?

How do you design a cable Ricable? How did we give birth to the series Primus, Magnus, Daedalus and Invictus? Why isn't the one I'm looking for in the catalogue? It all starts with an inspiration and it can be years before it becomes a 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 the drawing up of 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 passed the previous ones before.

The design of a cable Ricablestarts with an idea...

Let us start with a concept, a constructive idea: what we would not hesitate to call the theory. At this stage, we study a new product or an improvement on an existing one and design what could be the internal structure.
This is a very important stage as 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 in a figurative way.

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...and then move on to reality

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

If the project foresees the realization of a new connector, we evaluate how to realize it, both from a constructive and material point of view.
For example, with the new pure copper connectors 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 RicableCopper Connector Project (RCCP) can be found here in an in-depth study published precisely to list the advantages of this constructive solution.

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Let's start prototyping

At this point the prototyping begins, starting from the top of the range and climbing on the lower level models to create products for more modest bands. 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. During the prototyping process, we change the letter with each change, in order to have a screenshot of all the prototypes. When things are going well, we center the product right away, but it has happened several times to go well over halfway through the alphabet!

The tests are carried out by means of 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 at most a couple of prototypes. In this phase we try to grasp the most significant aspects and, if the listening tests are successful, 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 do not see the light.

The listening groups

Subsequent tests (the slowest, but the most fruitful) involve external listening groups, able to verify 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 the enthusiasts. If all the above points satisfy us, we move on to the next stage of designing a cableRicable, otherwise we take a step back to refine the performance of the prototypes. The last step is the relatively simpler one, but necessary for the marketing of the product. We are talking about the study of design and packaging, packaging and commercial details.

We want to spend a few more words on packaging. This boasts a custom design for each product, which is different but at the same time consistent with the styleRicable. We know very well that colours and boxes do not allow the systems to work better, but we are convinced that presenting a product in a certain way is still 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 your new purchase. These are accompanied by a brochure that will show you how to activate one of our distinctive features: Lifetime Warranty.

Nothing in a cable Ricableis left to chance

Let's move on to the creation of the multimedia contents and the creation of the data sheets. Even at this stage we are very punctilious, choosing the best content. 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 discrepancies between one piece and another. At the end, before packaging, there is a test and 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 Ricableis 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 that will take it to your home within 24/48 hours on weekdays, unless unforeseen.

The service will support you before and after the sale, via chat, email, telephone, social network or any other means. What? With personalized support that initially tells you what is best for you and your system. 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.

It may happen that the prototype is immediately "guessed at" and you have a product of excellent quality on your hands without making major changes. On the contrary, it also happens that there is no way to achieve a satisfactory result. This is the case with the USB cable that we tried to make between 2015 and 2016. It has been trashed because it is disappointing for the expectations commonly held on a branded product. Ricable. Luckily, however, the products that have passed all the steps required to design a cable Ricableare many, and you can discover them all by clicking on the button below.

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Share and save thanks to the collaboration between RicableWorldz. Discounts for all

Our most loyal customers will have already noticed a small, great news on the site Ricable. After performing any action, you will see an attractive button tick to the right of your screen. Simply by clicking on it, you will have access to the fruit of the new collaboration in the name of the tricolor between Ricable e Worldzwith discounts for each customer. Worldz is a rapidly expanding Milanese startup that recognizes the economic value of social sharing.

Clicking the button will open a window that will take you through the entire purchase process, saving you money. The first step is to login on your favourite social network, either Facebook or Instagram. Once this is done, you will need to grant the Worldz app some permissions so that it can calculate your brand ambassador potential. This is the economic value related to social sharing. The more your friends or followers interact with your posts, the more you will save, just as if you were an influencer. You can rest assured, everything takes place in total security with regard to your data.

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How do I get my discount?

At this point, choose your favourite product and place it in the shopping cart. Add some more, if you want to increase the discount further, and share them (even as a "story"). Now click the shopping cart icon in the top right corner and select "View cart". The Worldz discount linked to your social sharing will be automatically calculated and applied to the final amount.

The only thing you have to pay some attention to is not to delete or share the post in private mode, otherwise you risk to see your discount disappear. Or, even worse, you can no longer enjoy the advantages offered by Worldz, either with regard to the site Ricable than for this startup's other prestigious partners. What are you waiting for to discover all our products, clicking on the button below, and start enjoying discounts Ricable thanks to Worldz?

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Monowiring, bi-wiring or bi-amping in Hi-Fi. What's that?

What's bi-wiring and bi-amping? Bi-wiring is one of the means to connect a speaker to an audio amplifier. Usually, a single cable runs from the amplifier output to the speaker housing terminals (this connection is called monowiring, however expedient). When bi-wiring, however, each speaker has two pairs of connectors and two cables are carried from the amplifier output to the speaker cabinet. One corresponds to high frequencies, one to low frequencies (through two separate crossovers).

Bi-wiring versus monowiring

Bi-wiring is a dual cable Speaker connection between the amplifier and the speakers. With only one bipolar cable, all audio frequencies pass through it and the crossover of the speaker cuts and sends it to the drivers. Many loudspeakers are built with a crossover that allows the low frequencies (Low) and high frequencies (High) to be accepted separately. In this cable the speaker will have four binding posts instead of two (LOW+/LOW- and HIGH+/HIGH-).

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In the case of a loudspeaker with double connections that is connected with a single cable, there will be a jumper made with a metal lamella connecting the LOW+ with the LOW- and the HIGH+ with the HIGH-. Therefore, to use the bi-wiring connection, this jumper must be removed 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, on the other hand, you use the classic single cable connection, the jumper must 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 in obtaining a bigger overall section than you would get with a single cable and also in the fact that, in this way, the current absorption caused by the woofer does not affect the signal, of a smaller entity, which goes to the high ways. However, a technical analysis suggests that although adopting a two-wired solution may offer differences, these are so subtle that they do not represent something tangible.

However, some audiophiles have found a significant difference in reducing treble hardness and improving bass control. However, detractors of bi-wiring claim that, electronically, nothing changes. In a play on words, they refer to this practice as "buy-wiring", claiming that it's all just a marketing invention to sell more speaker cables.

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Bi-wiring versus bi-amping

Ricable has always maintained that bi-amping ("bi-amping") is certainly effective, while as far as bi-wiring is concerned some extra caution is needed, because everything depends on the design behind the amplifier. If this 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 one, but higher level.

What's the difference between bi-wiring and bi-amping? The main difference, as you can see, is that the bi-amping is made with two amplifiers, which gives a completely different meaning to this type of connection. Just to make a hint, the bi-amplification can be vertical or horizontal. The first one foresees to use two identical amplifiers and to use one of them to amplify each speaker individually; the second one foresees to use one amplifier for the low frequencies and another one (same or different) for the high frequencies.

It is the best but also the most expensive solution, to be adopted for installations of the highest level. In bi-amplification we start from the concept that each amplifier acts on a specific frequency range to directly drive the loudspeaker responsible for the reproduction of that specific range. This avoids intermodulation and other undesirable effects as much as possible; for example, the amp handling the higher frequencies does not have to work with the lower frequencies, with benefits for the power supply and performance.

Bi-wiring cables. Do you need them?

There are cables Speaker on the market specifically designed for bi-wiring, i.e. with two connectors on the amplifier side and four connectors on the speaker side. According to the philosophyRicable, 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 is no reason to prefer them to a monowiring cable connected to the other pair of terminals by means of jumpers of the same conductor. If not the negligible fact that, with jumpers, the length of the cable is extended by ten centimetres.

In one case or another, the cable itself is not an active crossover and does not have the tools to separate the high frequencies from the low frequencies, so the only effect of bi-wiring cables is a complication in itself in the connection from the amplifier to the speakers, often with a deterioration in signal transmission quality.

In conclusion, we always recommend that you simplify and, if you only have one amplifier with bi-wireable speakers, buy a standard cable with jumpers. You'll spend less and get the same, if not better, result.

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

You don't always have to put your wallet to work to improve the performance of your hi-fi system. Sometimes, in fact, even if only having good electronics, even if not excellent, invoice, it is possible to make them express a remarkable performance. What? By simply taking a few basic precautions or by making valuable, but not expensive, daily practices become valuable routines. We invite you to follow the advice that we will give by rehearsing with a record that you know for sure has a good recording, but especially not recorded in the studio. The best recordings are live or live, giving preference to orchestral music, choirs or jazz sessions. This is as long as you are familiar with the reference tracks.

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The first precaution that we can have for our Hi-Fi system, especially if this hand by hand is enriched with more components, is to keep the wiring tidy (by means of clamps) and clean. Wiring that, we take it a bit for granted, is of a level directly proportional to the system in your possession. Otherwise an even more urgent intervention is to immediately replace the cables, which may still be those supplied with the electronics. As far as possible, try to separate at least power and signal, especially if no balanced seconds and/or quality power cables are used. that offer valid shielding. It would be good to avoid even cables Speaker of different lengths, as well as buying cables of the shortest possible length, both to reduce costs and to have better performance. The latter, however, is more academic, the human ear can hardly distinguish the difference in sound emitted with cables two meters long instead of three, especially if the quality of the latter is high.

Call off interference

The second "rule" is not to place (other) interference where it is not needed. Especially nowadays, when smartphones and tablets sometimes become 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. It's better to connect it to separate sockets and multisockets, if we have 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 - assuming that each of us has personal tastes and preferences. This is something we will go into more detail about in a separate article. For now, let's just imagine a hypothetical equilateral triangle whose points are formed by the two speakers and the listener's head (not the sofa!). Also to be taken into account is the height from the floor of the speakers for the mid-high range, as it determines the height of the sound stage. Other tricks are removing reflective surfaces between you and the speakers (just use a blanket) and don't 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 type of connection is useless in products that are not Hi-End, so in most installations opting for jumpers is the best choice. A 100 euro cable is, above all, 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 equipped with double connectors, one of the first things to do is to replace the brass jumpers with a piece of cable equal to or better than the one you used between amplifier and speakers.

The management of the electronics of the Hi-Fi system

Number five: level (i.e. bubble) and separate the electronics. As far as the first action is concerned, it mainly concerns analogue sources, but it can also be extended to digital sources. This article was created to highlight all those tricks that, at zero budget, can refine what we listen to. And such a measure costs nothing at all. More or less the same applies to the separation of electronics. An amplifier because of the transformer vibrates, just as a CD player vibrates for its transport or a turntable for its motor. Separating each individual component reduces the disturbance that each of these vibrations brings to other electronics.

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The polarity of schuko sockets

Last but not least advice is to be careful of polarity of schuko sockets. The polarity, however, is almost always not reported, even if we are talking about products designed for Hi-Fi. The search for the phase is done by ear, therefore, or by means of a phase finder. There are also some extremely cheap ones. Reverse the source plug and check if there is a change to see if this last tip to improve the system can also bring benefits.

Well, that's six small steps forward to improve 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. Let's just think about all the variables that can be obtained by crossing different electronics, salt and cables. For this reason, please do not hesitate to contact us for a customized type of support by clicking the button below. Chat on the site, phone, Facebook or a visit to the headquarters ... you choose the means of transport you prefer!

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

One of the most annoying problems for the owner of a hi-fi system consists of in interference that ruin the sound. These can result in humming or rustling while playing the track we are listening to or the movie we are watching. Nothing more annoying for an enthusiast. So how do you eliminate interference in your hi-fi system? First of all, it must be said that there are measures that allow us to identify the problem more quickly than others, but without eliminating it. For that, a little more drastic action will have to be taken than we are about to list.

What to do and how to investigate the interference?

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The first thing to do is to reduce your system to a minimum. Most hi-fi systems consist of a source, amplifier and speakers, but as far as components are concerned, an enthusiast can indulge as long as he wants in mains conditioners, preamplifiers, dual amplification and much more. There really is something for all tastes and the layout of a plant is given exclusively by the will of the owner. In order to understand more easily where the problem lies, however, it will be necessary to reduce our system to the training initially described. Password: simplify.

Once that's done, we need to isolate the problem and figure out where it resides. It is mandatory to perform one operation at a time and, at the same time, take note of the improvements or deterioration of each step. If we were to intervene on several sections at once, we would otherwise have no solid foundation on which to base ourselves.

Tin foil for interference detection

A means to understand where to intervene, within everyone's reach and immediate, is to wrap, with tin foil and one at a time, the cables that connect the system components (source, amplifier and speakers, therefore, according to what we have written above). An aluminium foil, although essential to say the least, is still a shield, so it can protect the signal from the interference we are looking for. It won't undo the problem, let's be clear. This requires shielding, but at a very different level both in terms of materials and the geometry with which they are built. However, it will help us to understand where this resides. He who starts well, is already halfway through.

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We will then first wrap the signal cable (more susceptible to interference than others) in tinfoil, and after this operation two things can happen:

  1. It doesn't change anything.
  2. There is a variation in audio interference (it could be even worse).

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

It is important to keep track of any changes in this test phase and, after a quick analysis of the information we have available, we will begin to have a slightly more definite picture of the interference in our system.

Ricable against any interference in your hi-fi system

We are aware that interferences are difficult to find, which is why we make ourselves available to help the client in this analysis, in order to find the culprit of the listening defect. If the interference depends on the wiring, we can also provide the best support to eliminate the cause of the problem and significantly improve the listening experience. Surely with a cable of excellent workmanship, with a more performing shielding you can solve all interference problems arising from connections. That's where he comes inRicable, with his expertise on how to eliminate interference in any hi-fi system and his wide range of shielded cables. with both traditional and innovative and unconventional technologies. Why don't you see if you can find the solution to your problems by taking a look at the products or by asking our team of experts directly for help? Just click below!

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Ricable Custom, the new site for DIY and installation of Hi-Fi cables

Any hi-fi enthusiast will have happened, at least once, to want a system that fits perfectly into their home. One of the ways to satisfy this need is to create your own "tailor-made" cables by DIY and Hi-Fi cable installation. For this purpose Ricable CustomThe new cable design offers the possibility to buy top quality cables, derived from the best cablesRicable, and to finish them as you prefer, for a total customization both in terms of length and connector of the cable, according to tastes and needs. At the basis 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 historical advantages on the site Ricable are also available in your 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. Direct support from the chat at the bottom left of your screen is also a must. You can write to us anytime you want about any doubts you have. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. For those who buy from Ricable Custom is also provided the option "satisfied or refunded", which allows you to make the return free of charge with the shipping costs borne entirely by us. The following are the areas and areas that Ricable Custom covers.

Hi-Fi cables from you: the domestic self construction

If you are a DIYer and aspire to make cables for Hi-Fi or home cinema with high performance, RicableCustom 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 able to adapt perfectly to your needs and to release high level performance at an affordable price. In addition to that, on RicableCustom you will enjoy of guarantees designed specifically for you.

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Hi-Fi installations in private

home cinema home installations

If you are an installer of Hi-Fi and home cinema systems and you need to wire with quality and reliability, RicableCustom offers a performing product at an unbeatable price. The elements of the system must have a precise predisposition so as not to lose anything in terms of quality. Therefore it will be necessary to rely on cables that can have an easy access in the cable ducts and that are performing even when it comes to quite large distances. In the 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 good shielding.

Hi-Fi installations for events

If you have to make a live system, a conference room, a wire system, with Ricable Custom you will find supports with unique and durable performance. Quality projectors, LED walls and audio diffusion systems with speakers, microphones and mixers need a specific treatment so that the event being staged is not a flop. In addition, different environments require different wiring, both in terms of performance and, above all, length. Thanks to Ricable Custom you can realize, 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

Ricable custom car audio hi-fi

Are you a fan or a car audio professional? Ricable Custom offers you top quality for your high performance car hi-fi systems. Driving, on the other hand, is a pleasure, but to do so while listening to good music played through a system that goes beyond the standard system in terms of performance is quite another thing. For the system to be optimally tuned, however, specific cables are needed that are able to adapt to a rather particular context such as that of the car. Ricable Custom is the right choice and allows you to choose what is best for you and your car.

In short, whatever category you belong to, 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 pop into RicableCustom. The production processes of Custom products are rigorous and monitored in every aspect, for a guaranteed and absolute quality. We'll be waiting for you.

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

"The passions are not eradicated: everyone must be able to satisfy them within the limits of virtue," he wrote. Lev Tolstoyand that still applies today. One's attraction for high fidelity, which then leads to listening to a song or watching a film, cannot and must not be limited, as long as it is fed conscientiously and wisely. One way to do this is to have insurance, starting with the Lifetime RicableWarranty.

Safe purchase. Maybe.

the doubtful thinker

That said, sooner or later the day will come when we will decide to upgrade our system, both in terms of cable electronics. Whether the purchase is made in a physical or digital store, it doesn't matter. In the sense that, however it is, we will give our consent to take home a product in a closed box. Theoretically, what we have invested money on, as a result of our efforts, should improve listening, in practice we are not sure. And maybe we may not even have it after the short (in most cases) probationary period we are granted.

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

Hi-Fi: how to choose correctly

Bottom line: there is an optimal purchase that has certain characteristics, all the more important when dealing with a delicate matter like Hi-Fi. The problem is that very few retailers offer consumers all the benefits they need to make an informed choice. Let's see, then, which are the traits that a purchase must have in order to allow a well thought-out choice to those who buy:

  • Possibility to verify that the product has suitable paper performance.
  • Quick and easy purchase procedure.
  • Free shipping above a minimum amount.
  • Satisfied or reimbursed" policy.
  • Opportunity to make a free return.
  • Lifetime Warranty and on-site warranty.
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What's on offerRicable? Lifetime Warranty and more

By Ricablechoosing 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 journey together and can benefit from 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 to this linkthe cable will be insured for life. Forever, in a few minutes. The Lifetime Ricable Warranty is also on-site, at no additional cost to the customer. Whether you are in Argentina or Australia, 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 provides that only purchases made on this site have the exclusive "satisfied or refunded" guarantee. If the product, when the package arrives, is not as you wish or you want another one, you just have to ask to make the return. It is completely free, there is a refund and a courier will pick it up, always at our expense. The time available to carry out this operation goes well beyond the fourteen days required by law, since it reaches sixty! That's a reasonable amount of time to do all the appropriate tests at home.

Last, but not least, is the guarantee linked to the support, perpetually available. To get help in any of its forms, all you need to do is go to the reserved area and click the "Assistance and Support" button to open a ticket.

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Three serious wiring errors that degrade the sound of your system

Having a high-end system and wiring capable of highlighting its merits is surely the basis from which any audiophile worthy of the name should start. It is equally important, however, not to get lost in a glass of water, ruining the performance of what you have acquired through years of commitment, investment and study. After reading, in a few minutes, this article on the blogRicable, you will clearly know three fundamental wiring errors that should never be made (or immediately corrected!) that degrade the sound.

1st error: use the same socket for everything

The first thing to know is that you should avoid wall sockets with multiple sockets in series, as well as poor quality multiple sockets. The main problems that arise when using them are overloads, interference from different equipment and bottlenecks. The best thing would be to have two or three separate lines direct from the meter, but it is often difficult to achieve.

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Therefore, a valid and at the same time more easily achievable alternative is to buy a quality multi-socket or better still a mains air conditioner. Attention, however: in some cases customers have reported that these reduce the listening dynamics, as well as the filtered multi-sockets.

2nd Error: Having cables rolled up and tangled up

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

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

3rd error: do not give importance to all cable types

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

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

Ricable offers definitive solutions for each type of problem listed. All wiring errors that degrade the sound has its solution. All cables offer high quality raw materials, optimized geometries in the sign of tradition for sound transmission and special technologies, the result of unconventional research and development.

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In addition to quality, it offers Ricableyou the fullest guarantee on your purchase. If you're not satisfied, you can return the product free of charge within sixty days; while if the product satisfies you, you will be protected for life with our special on-site warranty. We invite you to view our products and untie the hinges that still keep your system chained!

AWG - measure the cross-section of HDMI conductors

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

How the abbreviation was born and how it is used to measure the cross-section of HDMI conductors

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

As the measured number increases, the diameter of the wire is progressively smaller. This measuring system is based on 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 die than a 0 gauge wire, for example. It is for this reason that as the value increases, the diameter decreases. The development of standardised measures has rationalised the system. Initially, however, each manufacturer had its own measuring system.

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

The table. Tricks to remember it by heart and how AWG works

The various parameter ratios are those listed in the table below, useful for measuring AWG for HDMI cables. Generally the conversion table with the metric system ranges from 0000 (4/0) up to 44 AWG and covers all conductors used commercially in audio/video, including HDMI cables. However, there is also a mnemonic rule to facilitate calculations. According to this, when the diameter of a wire doubles, the AGW is reduced by 6 units; when it is the section of a wire that doubles, the AWG is reduced by 3 units. Finally, when the AWG value decreases by 10, the section and weight increase by as many times, while the resistance is reduced by a factor of 10.

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

Colloquially, AWG is referred to as gauge and zeroes in large wire sizes are referred to as aught. This refers to 1 AWG size wires as one gauge; similarly, smaller diameters are pronounced with the corresponding positive integer number. 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 table. 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, you like music?"
"The 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 elevate the spirit by remembering centuries of history, culture and traditions, or to give us simple moral support for the digestion of the dinner left on our stomach, it doesn't matter. What is certain is that it is such an intense component of life that it affects the everyday life of each of us. After all... what could be nicer to embellish our leisure time than what makes us more serene?

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

Music will always be our goal, that's why the means are always of fundamental importance. Expenditure and effort are the two coordinates on which to move to make our Hi-Fi system starting from its most basic form formed by source, amplifier and speakers. To these components, if we try to achieve perfection, we can add a mains conditioner, pre-amplifier, a second amplifier and much more.

Years of fine-tuning, upgrading and acoustic chiseling, however, can be wiped out in an instant. Or, at least, many of them can go up in smoke if we do not 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 has to be said that a cable does not "play", 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 contrary to the principle of the search for high fidelity!

The excellence of a cable becomes evident when it comes as close as possible to leaving completely intact the sound it receives at the input, transferring it in the best way to its output phase. In a nutshell: the best cable carries the sound as close to the way it was recorded. That's why relying on poor quality cables can mean an important bottleneck, which chokes and degrades the signal between one component and another.

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

  • degrade the sound
  • restore little transparency
  • have a reduced detail
  • make the sound not neutral
  • suffer interference and rustling
  • confuse the scene
  • make your listening lose 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 that the cables assume by carrying the signal many times from one point to another. Above all, it is important to tune all the cables in the system, because even the best of the cables cannot "cure" a signal degraded previously due to a poor quality previous connection. As we have said, it can only deal with the signal in the best possible way in its area of competence, that is, in the stretch it handles. The cable is therefore a penalizing element when it is not given due attention; the game is to "remove" the sound as little as possible.

But where does the sound compromised by a poor quality cable come from? Mainly from the cheap materials it was built with. Conductors, connections, insulation, shielding and construction geometry make all the difference in how the signal is handled. On the other hand, there is nothing, in the known reality, that does not have less or greater consequences than where it is located. The fabric, the size but also the colour of a dress, for example, change the perception we have of it and even how we wear it. And it is the same for everything; could the cord be the first entity in the known world to be totally irrelevant? But let's take a more practical and less theoretical example, of strict motoring current affairs, of how important it is to think about every aspect.

On the occasion of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix of 1 September 2019, the Ferrari team has decided to have its new "Evo 3" engines tested at the satellite stables Alfa Romeo and Haas. The main team, after verifying its reliability, adopted the same solution in the following Monza Grand Prix on 8 September. With the same Speaker engine, though, 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 work and "dialogue" with the other components, was as important as its power, if not more. 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 a little less.

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

There are Hi-End cables that are created to allow enthusiasts to enjoy their passion in the most authentic way. How? By aiming for excellence when it comes to structure, materials, conductors, insulation, 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 can feel worthy. You must always pay attention to buy a cabling system that is proportional, in terms of quality, to your system, otherwise we risk to have no feedback, even if we have purchased a better product (unless the purchase is an investment for future upgrades). The special cables boast ad hoc solutions to eliminate all the problems described.

Here are some of the main ones:

  • a shielding, which can be up to three and of the most varied materials, to protect the cable from interference
  • high efficiency insulation materials
  • effective management of the conductors, shielded, twisted with its twin, made of the purest material and incredibly thin strands
  • connectors of a material really suitable for the function they have to perform

Exclusive Ricabletechnologies for Hi-Fi and Hi-End

After an important phase of research and development, Ricablehe applied to his products the innovative technologies he developed privately and made the differences between standard and Hi-End cables even more evident.

R-TEC - RicableTechnology Construction is synonymous with the specific work he Ricablehas carried out on the shields, so that in each project the most effective ones against interference were identified, both in terms of structure and material, in order to determine efficient and never superfluous shields.

New materials, generally not used in the production of Hi-Fi and Hi-End cables, have been inserted in the dielectric insulators, demonstrating an unconventional experimentation. Among the major innovations, the use of new thermoplastic compounds that allow for better dielectric specifications than polyethylene and greater flexibility to PVC, as well as better preservation of 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 field of conductors, on the other hand, the technology was born MARC©acronym for Multicore Annealed RicableConductor. In this area, the improvements made have made it possible to produce a copper conductor with 7N purity (99.99999%) incredibly more malleable than the previous one, thanks to the reduction of grains per meter of 25% compared to AM-RCC. This production implementation has made it possible to produce smoother strands on the surface, more ductile and of smaller diameter, for a lower skin effect and resistance, as well as greater flexibility and better acoustics.

Finally something special, because we have found that the use of conventional brass connectors can lose as much as 50% of the performance of a connection and we have started to RCCP (RicableCopper Connector Project)with the aim of building new connectors with pure copper contacts. After more than two years of work, it is Ricablenow the first manufacturer to make a whole series of Hi-Fi audio cables (Invictus series) with connectors completely in copper and, for the other two series, the connectors are always in copper, except for some exceptions, where it was necessary to use a copper-tellurium alloy, which in any case is a much higher conductor than brass.

With the information contained in this article we have discovered what the passion for music deserves, but also what to do to avoid compromising your goal of reproducing it in high fidelity! The way to go for your electronics to have a superior performance and excellence is through qualityRicable, 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 speaker on its back we will have, in most cases, four binding posts, 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 clamps for? To connect our speaker in bi-amplification or bi-wiring.

These alternative ways of connection, almost always for use and consumption by a small circle of enthusiasts, if they are not used, provide that the HF (high frequency) and LF (low frequency) terminals remain jumpered to each other. The goal is to make the crossover work in unison.

Why do loudspeaker manufacturers, given the low use of bi-amping/bi-wiring, produce speakers with double connections? Well, it is difficult to give a precise answer, but you can assume that it is to offer a more versatile and complete product. Or because they make "more scene" and attract more attention from buyers. What is certain is that they are there on almost all the speakers and therefore must be understood and handled properly, to avoid a possible advantage becoming a disadvantage.

Immediately after we have purchased our new crates, we will assemble them and we will be caught in a doubt. The speaker cable that goes from the amplifier to the speakers will it be good to connect it to the pair at the bottom or at the top? You mean the input for bass or high frequencies? And above all, will the jumpers provided by the manufacturer of the loudspeakers be adequate for the task they have to perform or will they blow our efforts to improve the quality of the audio emitted by the system?

How to connect the jumpers. Up or down?

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

Some people say that the cable starting from the amplifier must reach the tweeter (or better the mid-high ones) terminals and not the bass ones, leaving to the "clips" or jumpers the task of bringing the signal to the woofer terminals. High frequencies are the most delicate and sensitive portion of the audio spectrum, also because of the low voltages involved. Always according to these opinions, for this reason it is better that the signal from the amplifier reaches the tweeter binding posts without any other wire or metal bars in between (in short: the 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 recommend is first of all to make sure that the jumper does not act as a bottleneck in your implant (see below how) and then make attempts based on your ear and your implant to see if something changes.

There is nothing qualitatively better than what we like best, even according to our 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. Except that, sometimes, the standard jumpers are actually of inferior quality: a small plate of brass.

How to find out if the jumpers are good and at the height of our system

As for the jumpers, to verify their goodness, it will only be possible to try to move the speaker cables from the clamps at the bottom to those at the top, and vice versa, but there will be many deductions that we could draw from them. So let's make all possible assumptions and draw all imaginable conclusions about how to connect the jumpers and speaker cables. Here is the list of possibilities, presented schematically but exhaustively:

  • Let's move the position of the jumpers; if the sound changes, the jumpers probably act as a bottleneck and we recommend changing them for optimal performance;
  • if the sound doesn't change, maybe the jumpers do their job excellently and are suitable for the system.

Careful, though. If 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 low level that they can't transmit enough detail to make us perceive differences;
  • another hypothesis, if the sound does not change, may be that the system is not sufficiently revealing and the jumper does not act adequately on the sound.

Once the necessary tests have been carried out, you find yourself in the need to replace the jumpers on your loudspeakers. Keep in mind that these should be of equal or better quality than the conductors that make up your cables - Speaker brass is no good.

For an uncompromising choice, Ricable proposes his jumpers Dedalus e Invictuswith the first optimized also for the Magnus series or other less valuable speaker cables. These are available in fork/fork as well as fork/banana version. It is also possible request a custom length. As for the speaker cables, however, the choice is more varied and takes the four, now classic, seriesRicable, namely Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

We use digital to make the analog world better

What is DAC and how it works

What is the DAC? We may not realize it, but every day we use a digital-to-analog converter, more or less consciously. A DAC (the abbreviation stands for "Digital (to) Analog Converter") receives signals in computer language of "0" and "1" and makes them compatible with an implant, a PC, a smartphone in order to be perceived 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 can measure more than 40 cm in width, has a considerable number of digital inputs and one to several analog line outputs and consists of two parts, both of which must be of good quality for the final result to be good. Usually in the cheaper DACs the digital part is of excellent quality because the costs are low, while the analog part, which requires economic effort, is poor. Especially in the latter there are the main differences between a low end DAC and a high end DAC.

The speech does not touch vinyl or tape lovers, which are natively analog. The commercial explosion of the DAC coincides with the spread of liquid music. The arrival, in the Eighties, of the CD player did not convince audiophiles because of the poor DACs inside these first models, unable to produce a sound at the level of vinyl. The first readers suffered from jitter (which we could define as a time lag between the transmitted and received signal). It is on this occasion that producers and buyers began to give particular importance to this instrument, which has become increasingly important in its autonomous and non-integrated form and, with the passing of the years, even more affordable for everyone, at an economic level. Ultimately, to answer the initial question "What is a DAC?", we could answer like this: 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 get maximum performance from your system. Its two main characters are the signal-to-noise ratio and THD (Total Harmonic Distortion).

The signal-to-noise ratio is often abbreviated to SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) or S/N also in Italian use. It is a numerical quantity that relates the power of the useful signal to that of 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, although not the only one, for the evaluation of a system's performance in terms of sound cleanliness.

There is also SINAD, conceptually very similar to SNR, which together with 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-ideality of the equipment it passes through. Not surprisingly, it has been verified that a DAC powered by a battery works much better than a power supply.

Harmonic distortion and sampling in the DAC

A measure of the harmonic distortion present in a signal is the ratio between the sum of the powers of all the harmonic components and the power of the fundamental frequency. The distortion factor, a closely related term, is sometimes used as a synonym. In audio systems, less distortion means that the components of a loudspeaker, amplifier or microphone or other produce a more accurate reproduction than an audio recording.

When it comes to digital, you have to be careful about sampling as well. Sampling is, to use a metaphor, taking a record and taking many "photos" at regular intervals. These photos are taken on multiple layers; the more layers we have and the less time there is between one photo and another, 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 speed index of the photo execution (the minimum is 24 bits at 192 kHz). Attention, however: there are no incontrovertible technical data to define which device is better. Everyone suffers or enjoys the effects of non-measurable factors, such as good design or poor component layout.

The cables Ricablefor your DAC: coaxial and signal cables. incoming USB

There are multiple solutions for connecting the DAC to the source or amplifier. Here are the ones used in most situations. In the first case there are digital coaxial cableswhich carry the digital audio signal before it is converted to analog and then amplified. Although they have the same connectors as RCA signal cables, they have a completely 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 Ricablestart with that 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 the USB one, especially if the connection is made between a DAC and a PC. Ricableis working hard on an optimal solution in this sense and, after the period of research and development, will launch on the market a product that will guarantee to its customers a connection with all the crises.

Combining the DAC and amplifier are signal cableswhich serve each time an analog signal, in Stereo mode and with RCA connection, passes from one device to another. Once again, the offer Ricablediffers in the series Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

The power supply in the Hi-Fi. Do the wires count?

The Hi-Fi power cables, according to 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 reproducers. But why are these cables important when they are "only" used to transfer power and not sound? Because interference, voltage variations and poor transmission affect what we listen to. A power cable adapted to your system can substantially improve the result. This, however, provided that the instrumentation is of a level that will faithfully reproduce the original sound. In this case what we listen to will be enriched with nuances and contrast, in a wider, bright and musical context.

The consequences of poor nutrition

A premise is mandatory. Each house makes its own history and should be considered for what passes through the system ducts and for those hanks of electrical wires that are in the junction boxes that you have in the house. You can't ignore what's 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 we recommend the purchase of a mains air conditioner, which "cleans" the electricity from noise and allows for a more faithful and interference-free music reproduction.

It must be said, however, that the cables that pass through the ducts, whether valid or not, are "naturally" less subject to any type of interference, internal or external, precisely because they are behind a wall. The critical step is when the power transmission stops passing through the walls of the house and is in the open, i.e. when it starts from the wall socket and usually ends in our audio source or a multi-socket. During this connection, the power cord is subject to interference from the outside to the inside and vice versa. The consequence of these EMI/RFI interferences takes shape, in the listener, as distortion, loss of detail, balance and three-dimensionality.

Why power cables are important

Every day we are perhaps led to assimilate the power supply of the microwave oven we have at home to that of our electronics for Hi-Fi, "so much so that it is always a matter of bringing the required power to the desired appliance". Amplifiers and other equipment of this type, however, perform a more delicate task than switching them on and off; in fact, they are used to reproduce with the highest possible precision a signal that varies continuously, according to a very high number of parameters.

But that's not all. The sound quality is also affected by the time of day when you listen. As the later hours approach, fewer and fewer devices use the power grid, so the disturbance that is injected into it is reduced. Ultimately, audio systems tend to sound much better at night than during the day, as many enthusiasts have pointed out.

The Hi-Fi power cable influences the passage of electrons that shake inside it. So, if it is the means by which the whole system plays, not only is its importance not negligible, but it ends up being fundamental compared to the other cables as well. In fact, the shortcomings introduced can no longer be recovered later. What we listen to is nothing but the electrical current in the power distribution network, modulated according to the signal contained in the phonographic support. In addition, electrical conduits are used to transport energy, but sometimes also for data transfer (powerline for example), which is a source of disturbance.

The solution Ricablefor optimal feeding

We conducted a thorough study, supported by numerous tests, to find an effective remedy for interference. We have worked on geometries, shields and insulations in order to create products that would guarantee optimal immunity in the various product bands. It starts with the series Primus which has optimal shielding for entry level equipment and goes all the way up to the Invictus. It adopts a unique geometry, insulation and screen system, ideal for equipment of absolute technical stature. In the middle we find Dedalus e Magnus that complete the offer and cover the needs of any electroacoustics.

Other highlights of our power cables are the connectors RCCP premiumthat for Magnus are made of copper and for Dedalus e Invictus are pure OFC copper. All equipped with integrated ferrites, they provide the best connectivity you could wish for. Below you can find out more about RicablePower, unique cables by design, which ensure your electronics get the maximum detail, balance and dynamics of listening.

The leather effect in cables Speaker

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

What is the skin effect and why is it so important for cables Speaker ? This was explained for the first time in 1887 by Lord Kelvin (at the registry office of the William Thomson), British physicist and engineer, developer of the Kelvin scale, as well as engineer and inventor of the electric telegraph, with the latter ensuring his fame and wealth.

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

Why is it important for cables Speaker

The skin effect is crucial because it not only affects the electric current, but any kind of signal, including audio. The skin effect means, in summary, a decrease in the flow density of the current 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 damage other than a simple lossSpeaker . The problems are due to the fact that, even before the lossSpeaker , the skin effect causes variations in resistance and inductance values. 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. The delicate high-frequency information will be flattened with a dull, truncated detail sound.

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The consequences of the skin effect

The cable "plays" less at the reproduced high frequencies, reducing them. This problem is most noticeable in cablesSpeaker , where the conductors are larger in size and the connection lengths are longer. In signal cables the skin effect is less influential, because it acts outside the audio band. The consequences can be many, but the most common are the following:

  1. Dark and gloomy
  2. Swollen 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 transmission of sound, especially when it comes to cablesSpeaker , ranging from the amplifier to the speakers.

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

The solution Ricablefor the skin effect

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

Years ago Ricablehe introduced AM-RCC conductors into power cables with extraordinary results. Since then, research has moved towards further improvement of the conductors. This has developed on several points.

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The first is the multi-wire conductor, with very thin strands down to 0.08 mm in the Invictus series (and a significant reduction in the skin effect compared to the single-wire, also called solid core). The second point consists of large cross-section conductors. This allows you to always have a larger conductive surface area and lower resistance.

The third feature designed to reduce the skin effect is given byRicable by RCCP connectors (Ricable Copper Connector Project ) By using copper instead of brass in the connectors, the skin effect in the terminations is also reduced. Finally, from the studies carried out and the research activity, was born the new conductor MARC©, acronym for Multicore Annealed RicableConductor, which characterizes the entire production Primus, Magnus, Dedalus e Invictus.

The improvements made have made it possible to produce a copper conductor with 7N purity (99.99999%) more malleable than the previous one, thanks to the reduction of grains per meter of 25% compared to AM-RCC. This production implementation has resulted in smoother, more ductile and smaller diameter strands on the surface.

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