Try in your own home!
How to Evaluate Cables, Headphones, Line Conditioners and More: The Cable Library:
For our US customers we operate the Cable Library service offering home trial on over 60 brands of cable, $2.5 million worth of products. Feedback from Library users drives our cable matching database. We can tell you what cables (and other products) other audiophiles with your components have found to work best and help you to short list the best products to borrow for testing in YOUR system.
(Click here for information on our High End Headphone Library.)
We are unique because we carry almost every cable. We are an unbiased source for good advice. A US customer may borrow a group of cables from The Cable Library for a period of approximately 2 weeks. Given shipping times this should leave the cables actually in the consumer´s hands for trial for approximately 7 to 10 days.
(International customers click here)
A deposit equal to 5% of the selling price of the borrowed cables will be charged to the consumer´s credit card when the arrangements for the cable loan are made. This deposit is not refundable, but will be applied in full against purchases (cable or non-cable products) from The Cable Company, Usedcable.com, or our Ultra Systems affiliate.
While The Cable Company will pay domestic surface shipping charges on all cable purchases over $50 (as well as purchases of audio accessories up to 5 lbs.), shipping charges for cables borrowed from The Cable Library must be paid by the consumer (we will endeavor to minimize charges by making use of the least expensive UPS or Fedex service which allows the consumer to take full advantage of the demonstration period).
A notice will be included with the shipment of borrowed cables stating the date the cables should be shipped back to The Cable Company. The customer should contact The Cable Company at least 2 days before this return date to confirm use of the prepaid return label, or so that The Cable Company can issue the necessary UPS “call tag” for pick-up. Use of the return label or call tag saves the consumer having to deal directly with UPS. Nice!
While cash, bank check or money order may be used to purchase products, access to The Cable Library is by credit card only.
The Cable Library generally provides standard lengths of 1-1.5 meters (3-5ft) for interconnects, 2.5-3 meters (8-10ft) for speaker cables, 1 meter (3ft) for digital links and video cables, and 1.5-2 meters (5-6ft) for power cords.
Click here for a cable consultation to begin the home trial process.