Cables & Interconnects

Do your TV, home cinema or hi-fi justice.

Make sure your new kit performs to its full potential by matching it to some audiophile grade cables and accessories. Want to learn more about the differences that decent cables make?

RCA Phono Cables / Interconnects

Pairs of cables that carry audio signals in high quality between components in your system, e.g. from CD to amplifier. The higher the quality, the less reduction in signal.

Optical / Toslink Cables

Can only be used over short distances of connection, but ideal for connecting set-top boxes, games consoles and other digital sources to an amp. Can also be used in conjunction with HDMI cables to split audio and video signals. Low-quality optical cables can restrict data rates - degrading audio signal and introducing jitter.

For a premium digital audio connection  consider using S/PDIF which many audiophiles consider to be better quality still.

S/PDIF Digital Coaxial Cables

Looks like a traditional interconnects compared with Toslink/optical cables and better over longer distances. Many audiophiles also believe that upgrading to a higher quality digital coaxial cables offers better audio quality than Toslink. Can also be used in conjunction with HDMI cables to split audio and video signals.

Subwoofer Cables

A single cable that runs from home cinema receiver to subwoofer (bass speaker). This may need to be long, depending on sub placement. And higher quality ensures complex and explosive movie effects are heard to best effect.

XLR Cables

Designed for high-end, studio and professional audio equipment, these offer serious audiophile advantages over traditional interconnects. XLR cables include an extra ground pin, eliminating "ground hum", as well as offering one of the best ways to pass the signal on.

HDMI cables

Combining high-definition video and multi-channel audio, this is the digital cable used on most modern TVs, projectors and home cinema receivers, as well as many consoles, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players etc. Higher-quality HDMI cables have higher data tolerances, ensuring all picture and audio data arrives with you, without degradation.

3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack lead

Connect any device with a 3.5mm headphone socket or output, such as an MP3 player, smartphone or tablet, to another device with a 3.5mm input socket. Some Cambridge Audio products, including the 651A amplifier, feature such a socket for easy connection of external devices. Again, higher-quality cable will carry across a better audio signal.

3.5mm Jack to Phono Audio Lead

Connect any device with a 3.5mm headphone socket or output - such as an MP3 player, smartphone or tablet - to an amplifier. Ideal if you don't have a dock or want the connection to be available to different devices. The connection between digital devices and amplifiers via headphone jack is complex and prone to introducing noise - a high-quality cable will combat this.