bobertbk wrote:I just purchased a Kenwood KD500; however, it did not come with an audio cable. It's got a an ADC LMF-1 tone arm and a Shure v15 type IV cartridge. The tone arm has a 5-pin connector.
I paid $300 for it and I'm just getting back into vinyl after a number of all digital years. I can't wait to get it hooked up but the cable prices I'm seeing are intimidating to say the least.
The only cable I can find under $100 is the Audioquest Wildcat. Is it even worth looking into?
I'd appreciate any suggestions!
With respect, there is no cable on the face of the earth that will give you any level of improvment after the very most basic quality/gauge/design criteria are met. At audio frequencies, the differences between the two most common conducting metals (copper or silver) are negligble. Gold (actually a poorer conductor than either copper or silver) is useful only to reduce the potential for corrosion - and so to be used only where that may be a concern. Look to manufacturing quality, strain-relief quality and connector quality if you need to differentiate between two cables. But the brute fact of the matter is that your equipment will not know the difference between the Dollar Store cables and the $100 cables (assuming no actual defects in either), nor will your ears if you are not otherwise aware which cable might be in place.
Otherwise, high-cost cables are designed to separate you from your cash, but emphatically NOT to increase your listening pleasure. So, find the least-expensive cable that meets the physical requirements of the use. You will be fine.
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