9. If Pear Cable is against buying handmade cables,
does that mean that they are against DIY cables?
Car Audio Cable Questions
10. Will speaker cables affect my sound quality,
or do I just need to worry about my RCA cables?
11. Is alternator noise pickup the only thing I
need to worry about with interconnects?
12. Will I be able to hear the difference in sound
quality that cables make in my car, or can it only be heard in a
home audio system?
Answers to General Questions
1. I have a really nice car / system / I'm really important, can I have some free cables?
No. This is a business not a charity. If your system is really great than it sounds like you would be a perfect candidate to buy our cables.
2. What makes Pear Cable different from all of the other cable companies out there?
This is difficult to sum up in a single paragraph, but certainly one of the biggest differences comes from our fundamental approach to cable design, which is to begin with basic science and engineering. Although it is a bit shocking, MOST cable companies do not share this fundamental design approach. There are probably three main categories of cable designers out there: ones that utilize pseudo-science or other types of faulty design principles, empirically driven cable designers, and designers that begin with real engineering and science. Unfortunately, the use of pseudo-science is probably the dominant cable design platform, with proven engineering principles being the least prevalent design platform. The cable companies that utilize faulty scientific conclusions can be spotted by the factual errors presented in their design philosophy, or misuse of otherwise sound engineering principles. Cable designers driven primarily by empirical listening results have great intentions, but are unlikely to ever reach the highest levels of performance due to a tremendous number of design factors. The few companies out there who actually utilize sound cable design principles often focus on only one design element, or fall victim to marketing pressure, only to end up with mediocre products. Pear Cable has the utmost confidence in the products that we offer, and the products have all had their scientific principles verified by human listening. We can stand behind all of the design principles that we utilize; can the other guys do that?
3. Do I need to be an audiophile to hear the differences between cables?
No. Anyone can appreciate the differences that cables make. A casual music listener may not be able to describe why a poor quality sound system doesn't sound good, but they know that it doesn't sound anything like live music. Improve the quality of the cables and the same listener may not know why the sound is better, but they know it is better. If you listen to music, you can benefit from the improvements in accuracy that accurate cables will enable.
Answers to Home Audio / Home Theater Cable Questions
4. What length of cable should I purchase?
In general, it is best to purchase the shortest length of cable possible. However, please be aware that our Home Audio Cables are fairly stiff, and cannot be simply bent at right angles. This means that the Home Audio Cables must be significantly longer than the distance between jacks. For details on sizing cables, see the appropriate product sizing and installation guide (located on the relevant product page). Our Home Theater and Car Audio Cables have been specifically designed for ease of installation and CAN be readily "snaked" around tight corners and inside small spaces.
5. Are ANJOU interconnects directional?
Your ANJOU interconnects are marked with directional arrows that indicate the direction that the conductors were drawn in. This is primarily a result of general engineering practices to control as many variables as possible. Some people feel that the cables sound better when the cables are aligned with the directional arrows with the “direction” of the signal. It is important to remember that the audio signal is fundamentally AC and thus the electrons are moving both forward and backward. The final word on this subject is that Pear Cable recommends hooking up the cables following the directional arrows. This recommendation is based on the simple principle of controlling as many variables as possible.
6. Why do you use exotic conductor materials such as gold or silver?
There are a variety of factors that come into play when deciding what conductor material will be best in a cable. Though less important for speaker cables, in interconnects, corrosion properties of the conductor play a dominant role in the performance. Copper experiences the highest levels of corrosion, with silver being substantially better, and gold being the best (it does not corrode at all). The corrosion that occurs in cables is of course on the surface of the conductors. This is one of the most critical areas of the cable and not a place where you want corrosion. For a more complete explanation please see the “conductor materials” section of this website.
7. Will the cables sound good with my specific brand of equipment?
Yes! It really does not matter what equipment you have. Because Pear Cables are designed to be sonically neutral, they will work well with any brand of equipment. Matching cables with certain brands of equipment is only important when buying cables that have a known tendency to “color” the sound. Pear Cable does not design any of its products to produce “coloration”.
8. Do I need to “Break-In” my cables?
You may listen to your cables directly out of the box and get most of the performance immediately. However, it will take approximately 1 day for the cables to mechanically settle after they have been moved or set up for the first time, which can have an effect on the sound. Some users do report a need for our cables to "break in" over time to achieve the optimum performance. Customers must make their own decision as to how long is necessary to "break in" the cables, but do not hesitate to listen to them immediately.
9. If Pear Cable is against buying handmade cables, does that mean that they are against DIY cables?
No. DIY cable building can be a rewarding hobby yielding cables that can outperform many commercial cables. The point is that if two finished cables are identical in design but one is handmade and the other is machine made, the machine made cable will always sound better. In addition, handmade cables are severely limited in terms of design options when compared to machine made cables. DIY cable building is a great way to learn about the sonic differences between cables and can produce some excellent results. However, for the ultimate cables, machine made is a requirement.
Answers to Car Audio Cable Questions
10. Will speaker cables affect my sound quality, or do I just need to worry about my RCA cables?
Speaker cables are just as important as interconnects (RCA cables) when it comes to sound quality. It is important to have a large enough gauge speaker cable in order to put power into your speakers instead of your wires, but the amount of copper does not control the sound quality. Speaker cable materials, and geometry will have the biggest impact on a cable's accuracy.
11. Is alternator noise pickup the only thing I need to worry about with interconnects?
No. Alternator noise pickup was the original sound quality issue with RCA cables that was the most obvious. As car audio enthusiasts drove down the road, their stereos would whine at the frequency of their engine rpm's. People latched onto this obvious problem, and the industry began to shape its marketing efforts around alternator whine. In fact, this is just one of the issues that can exist with car audio RCA cables, and it is no longer the most critical. Improved filtering on amplifier designs in recent years has significantly reduced the chances of encountering alternator whine, regardless of the cable used. In addition, just because a cable deals with alternator noise, does not mean that it is designed to sound good. Today, while alternator noise pickup must still be dealt with, it is not the number one issue with RCA cables. Fundamental cable sound quality will have a more pronounced impact on a system.
12. Will I be able to hear the difference in sound quality that cables make in my car, or can it only be heard in a home audio system?
The sound quality differences that cables make can be easily appreciated in a vehicle. Car stereos have come a long way in the last 20 years and the quality of car audio systems frequently rivals the quality of high-end home audio systems. Anyone who cares about sound quality can enjoy the improvements that high-fidelity cables will make in their system.