If you're serious about sound, be sure to go for the best audio cables you can afford. Don't think that you can splurge on speakers but skimp on cables. Great sound quality doesn't work that way. Every component of your system, from amplifiers and receivers to speakers and cords matters. Glossary of audio cable terms TRS stereo cable The 1/4” standard “Tip-Ring-Sleeve” plug has been in use since the late 19th century when it was invented to connect manual telephone switchboards. T stands for tip and represents the positive end of the plug. R, or ring, indicates the negative and S, or sleeve, stands for ground. When these three aspects work together, the signal sent through is said to be balanced. Longer cables especially benefit from TRS technology. TS stereo cable Similar to a TRS cable, the TS version comprises only two wires and is not balanced. If you hear only one side of your stereo, you may have installed this sort of plug in lieu of a TRS plug. Try switching them out and see what happens. Commonly used for electric guitars, standard 1/4” TS stereo cables may also be used for can-style headphones and as input and output cables to connect studio pre-amps, compressors and mixing consoles. XLR cables Devised by Cannon Electric, XLR can refer to cable with a male or female connector. Colloquially known as “extra long run” cables, XLR provides a balanced signal that is right for mics and other long wire applications. XLR cables have a circular connector comprising three to seven pins. Three-pin XLR cable is typically used for low-voltage applications such as stadium loudspeakers. RCA cables Sometimes called phono connectors or cinch connectors, RCA cables are unbalanced, two-conductor connecting audio cables commonly found on turntables and other consumer electronics. Invented by the Radio Corporation of America in the 1940s, RCA connectors can transmit digital or analog audio signals. MIDI connectors Devised for Musical Instrument Digital Interface protocol, MIDI cables have been around since the mid-1980s. MIDI cables are most often utilized to connect sequencers, keyboards, drum modules, computers and stomp boxes. Many recording studios employ MIDI cables to transmit digital data, not actual musical sounds. USB 3.0 Capable of carrying up to 5 gigs of data per second, Universal Serial Bus has been a recording industry standard since its debut toward the end of the 20th century. Devised to be a connectivity protocol for personal computers, USB is used today for everything from smartphones to audio interfaces. FireWire Designed and patented by Apple, FireWire is comparable to USB for multichannel audio and video communication. Six-pin FireWire can be found on a number of Apple and Windows audio interfaces. Why bother with inferior audio cables when it's so simple to order the best audio cables from Wireworld. Call Worldwide Cable Technology today at (954)474-4464 or send us your fax query to (954)474-4414.
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