It’s no surprise that audiophiles will pay top dollar for high-end loudspeakers and stereo equipment. But it may be shocking to learn the extreme prices hi-fi aficionados will pay for cables. The value of high-end audio cables is not without controversy; a simple internet search will turn up many opinion pieces that doubt the efficacy of cables in producing a discernable improvement in audio fidelity. These detractors point to a lack of double-blind testing and scientific support for some claims. Believers, on the other hand, cite their subjective experience when swapping out cables. However, one thing is for certain: each of the following 10 elite speaker cables is a paragon of audio construction and aesthetics.
Nordost ODIN 2 Supreme Reference
Nordost is one of the more well-known audio-cable companies in enthusiast circles. Many of its popular cable models are flat, allowing them to be run under carpets easily, although most audiophiles prefer to display their unique curves and coils in plain view. The ODIN 2 Supreme Reference cables are created using a proprietary Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) extrusion process, which allows the individual conductors to use air as its main dielectric rather than some other material. Each individual wire is wound with FEP for additional separation. The cables cost roughly £24,000 for a 3.2-foot pair; additional 1.6-foot stereo increments are about £3,200. nordost.com