Audio Patch Cables

Written by Serena Berger
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Audio patch cables are used to connect the audio output from a source to your receiver. They allow you the flexibility to place your equipment wherever you would like. If you are a home theater enthusiast, you might want to put your components on display. Consequently, short length audio patch cables are sufficient for your needs.

If, however, your living space does not benefit from electronic components being the focus of a room, you might decide to store them in cabinets or in a media closet. For example, your DVD player might be located farther away from your receiver, which in turn would be farther away from your television. A mix of cables of short lengths and long lengths will allow you to place components in appropriate locations without stretching the cables.

Most components that you purchase include patch cables, but of a very short length. If you need patch cables of a longer length, you should purchase cables that have a low capacitance. Also, be sure not to use regular audio patch cables with digital connections. For coaxial digital connections, use 75-ohm cable, which should be clearly labeled as being intended for digital connections. Be careful not to use analog audio patch cables for these connections.

Changing Between Audio Sources
If you have several components connected to your receiver, you may find yourself running out of available inputs. You can easily find hubs to which you can connect multiple audio patch cables and switch between them. With a hub, you will not need to keep reaching behind your receiver to change wires--you can simply press a switch to change the input source.

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