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    Surely a cable cannot improve the original signal, but a lesser one can deteriorate it.

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    Absolutely spot on Dennis.

    Once a cable transparent enough (well matched to your system?) is used the full potential of the kit can be enjoyed.
    It's amazing how a lot of speaker cables, for instance, block the full potential.

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    All cables have a negative impact on the sound. The best we can do is to pick those that offer the least detriment. Some cables, for speakers or interconnects and even for digital use can make a system sound a bit grim, it pays to experiment, although that does not necessarily mean spending a fortune.
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    I've sat with three to four people in front of my own system with Atlas Equator and Atlas Hyper interconnects and all present found the difference blindingly obvious. Yeah, so there was a substantial difference in price too. We didn't find that speaker cables gave the same magnitude of difference though.

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    Of course, a cable can't "add" anything, but a good cable will minimise how much is "subtracted" from the signal.
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    Depends what you mean by "add", it may add an odd frequency response.

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    In that it can't add anything to the signal.
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    An unscreened speaker cable can pick up RFI, if the installation is close to a radio transmitter, or to an airport. This unwanted RFI can then feed back into the ouput stage of the amplifier, where it is de-modulated and then intermodulate with the wanted audio signal. So it can, under rare situations, add to the signal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    An unscreened speaker cable can pick up RFI, if the installation is close to a radio transmitter, or to an airport. This unwanted RFI can then feed back into the ouput stage of the amplifier, where it is de-modulated and then intermodulate with the wanted audio signal. So it can, under rare situations, add to the signal.
    Had this with some amps, probably not very well designed ones! but never had it with a Quad amp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    Had this with some amps, probably not very well designed ones! but never had it with a Quad amp.
    Nor have I, but there is an article about this phenomenon written by Cyril Bateman, which appeared in Electronics World magazine, June 1997, pp. 480 - 485.
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