Sound quality depends on a lot of factors. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on ways for improving the sound quality of your audio system. Obviously, there are specific tweaks which are applicable only for certain types of equipment. Since I cannot cover every possible combination of audio equipment, I’m going to focus on the most common ways. So you will find some common-sense methods for tweaking your audio equipment.
Inadequate connections can result in a significant loss in audio quality. That is often neglected when installing audio equipment are the connecting wires. Surprisingly, this all starts with the power connections. Most pieces of audio gear will have a built-in power supply. This means you don’t have a way of choosing the power cord. However, you can still tweak the only performance by connecting the equipment to a clean power source. A clean power source is a component which is designed to remove any spikes from the power line. Spikes on the power line can cause audio distortion. Also, during thunderstorms that can be extremely high voltage spikes on the power line which can easily damage your equipment. A clean power source will also filter out these very dangerous power spikes.
If your equipment doesn’t have power cords included, I would suggest purchasing only high-quality power cords. Make sure that you pick fairly thick gauge wire. That will minimize losses on the power cord. If you have a power amplifier that delivers more than 200 Watts power then make sure that the power cord supports this amount of wattage. Keep in mind that there will be losses inside the power amplifier so take the power cord appropriately while taking into account the extra amount of power required.
The audio interconnecting cables also crucial. Don’t spend thousands of dollars on high-quality audio gear and then try to save some money by picking some low-quality audio connectors. A poor audio connection can cause hum in the audio signal. Also, cable which is not properly shielded can pick up noise from other nearby electronic devices. This noise will be heard in the audio. Picking high-quality audio connections are more crucial when dealing with analog audio cables. However, I still recommend purchasing good-quality cables even when you transmit a digital signal. The reason is that modern audio devices are now using sampling rates much higher than previously used in devices such as CD players. A poor audio cable can cause drops in data and thus disruptions in the audio. Also, and inexpensive cable can easily slide out from the connecting Jack and thereby cause an intermittent connection.