Phono Audio Cables are arguably the most used cables for any type of Audio set-ups.
With different materials, construction processes and shielding, each cable can offer a unique build that differs from others and each brand aims for their own signature sound
Being one of the most used cables means there are many different varieties available so we’ve made our own list of which audio cables are a must have :
The Element was researched and developed by Atlas in order to provide a better than average, high quality, entry level interconnect.
The Atlas Element asymmetrical interconnect shares many similar features to it’s stable-mates in the Atlas line. It employs a braided copper and aluminium foil giving a 100% screen to provide rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI), it employs high quality Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) for it’s conductors together with a low loss porous polyethylene dielectric (PEF).
At a price of £37.00 for 0.5m, the Atlas Element Integra is an award-winning must-have connection for lower to mid range systems.
Van Den Hul’s The Name is a superb, highly versatile interconnect that can be used as an 2 RCA to RCA stereo cable, a digital coaxial audio cable or a composite video cable. The Name delivers crisp and rhythmical audio with loads of urge and energy as well as amazingly clean and crisp images when used as a video cable.
Made to the highest manufacturing standards and with the finest materials, The Name consists of HULLIFLEX ®, a PVC and Halogen free jacket, with a single, 1.1 mm solid core oxygen free copper conductor, heavily coated in silver. This results in improved flexibility, better protection against chemical pollutants and improved sound quality.
Starting from a price of £60.99 for 0.8m, the Van Den Hul The Name is a must-have that will astonish you with its performance for it’s value.
The Purple Flare Interconnect is a fully-shielded design that can be terminated for balanced or single-ended connection, it employs six 26 AWG, silver-plated 99.9999% OFC solid-core conductors, precision wound in a minimum cross-section configuration that eliminates unnecessary fillers or padding elements.
The result is a high-speed, low-loss interconnect that preserves the sense of musical power and momentum, with seamless, wide bandwidth and superb low-frequency speed and weight.
Starting from a price of £174.99 for a 0.6m length, the Nordost Purple Flare is a mid-range must-have from a reputable brand that delivers superb performance.
Honourable Mention : Chord C-Line Audio Cable
The Chord C-line is an original Chord Company design with a unique conductor configuration inspired by their flagship Sarum Tuned ARAY interconnects.
Like all Chord interconnects, the C-line has been designed to protect the precious audio signal from the high levels of high frequency interference filling most modern houses. The C-line will produce a cleaner, more detailed sound than other, more conventional interconnects.
At £35.00 for 0.5m, the Chord C-Line has been collecting awards and spreading the signature chord sound for an unbeatable price.