ystem setup is one of the great variables in audio performance, but while all systems and situations are unique, when it comes to connecting everything, there are certain fundamental steps that apply in virtually every case. Yes, there are (very) occasional exceptions, but they are rare enough that the essential steps outlined here should be considered a default solution, a departure point for possible further refinement, if you will.
The cable strategy that we are defining here is neither brand nor system specific; it will work for all equipment and any set of cables that meets the basic criteria. However, if your setup doesnt obey these cardinal rules, then the chances are that you are not really hearing what its capable of. Should you then simply follow these rules by rote? No -- but you should definitely investigate to see if applying them improves the musical performance of your system.
There are nine essential rules to bear in mind. Click on the links below and youll get more information on each in turn.
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