Discover the Ultimate Sound Experience: Our Top 8 Picks for the Best RCA Cables for Turntable

Published Categorized as Vinyl Gear Guides

Are you looking to get really particular about your sound? Can you hear the detrimental quality of bad cables and want to find examples of some of the best out there? Are you keen to perfect your audio setup and reduce all of the background noise so that it’s just you and your music?

Then join us today as we explore all these things and more by offering up 8 of the best RCA cables for turntable so that you can rest assured that your sound is as good as it gets.

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Best RCA Cables for Turntable

1. AudioQuest Golden Gate

AudioQuest offers an example of precisely what a difference an RCA cable can make in terms of the overall sound quality. Clearly, investing in a good set of good RCA audio cables is the way to go.

AudioQuest Golden Gate RCA Male to RCA Male Cable - 4.92 ft. (1.5m)

2. QED Reference Audio 40

At the steeper end of the price range, there are the QED Reference Audio 40s, operating as one of the more premium options for high-quality RCA cables. This will be especially useful for those looking to listen with laser accuracy to a particular sound in the audio signal as heard through the best headphones for vinyl.

QED Reference Audio 40 Interconnect (0.6 metres)

3. BJC LC-1

One of the more esteemed options for those working within the confines of a budget, the Blue Jeans Cables LC-1 still offers great flexibility as both digital cables and speaker cables.

Blue Jeans Cable BJC LC-1 Stereo Audio Cables (Black, 3 Foot)

4. AudioQuest Big Sur

Another offering from AudioQuest comes in the form of the more expensive Big Sur cables, offering an altogether unmatched audio quality in the transmission of audio signals between audio devices.

Maybe not the best RCA cable for the price, but in terms of signal quality, it is hard to beat unless you are the type of record collector that likes to shoot holes in everything they meet.

AudioQuest Big Sur Analog Audio Interconnect RCA Cable (3.0 meters)

5. Better Cables Silver Serpent AIR

At an audiophile level of quality, these quality cables by the boastfully-named company Better Cables are also a great choice, especially for RCA and XLR cables.

Better Cables Silver Serpent AIR Digital Coax Cable - 1.5 Feet - High-End, High-Performance, Silver/Copper Hybrid, Low-Capacitance, Premium Coaxial Cable (RCA Cable)

6. Pro-Ject Audio Connect it C

Wherever there is quality audio, Pro-Ject is usually sniffing around, trying to get you to connect your Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (below) to your sound system with their very own set of cables.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO, Audiophile Turntable with Carbon Fiber tonearm, Electronic Speed Selection and pre-Mounted Sumiko Rainier Phono Cartridge (High Gloss Black)

7. Pangea Audio Premier SE

While most other audio cables are lacking in the field of grounding wire, these cables from Pangea Audio offer a solution to a problem that so often plagues audiophiles who want to eliminate clinically as much noise from the signal as possible.

Pangea Audio Premier SE Turntable Cable - RCA to RCA - 1.25 Meter

8. SKW

These remarkably serpentine cables are the work of the mysteriously-named SKW, a company that prides itself in offering forth corrosion-resistant single crystal copper cables with 24k gold plated connectors.

SKW A Pair Audiophile Speaker Cable,Convertible Banana Spade Gold Plated Connector,Nylon Braid,HiFi Quality Cable(9.8ft/3M,2 Cables for 2 Speakers)

Final Tones

So, there you have it! Hopefully, you are now feeling ready and able to pick a set of cables of your own and get connecting your setup together piece by blessed piece!

FAQs Best RCA Cables for Turntable

Do RCA cables matter for a turntable?

Whether or not the quality of the RCA cables that you use with your turntable makes a difference will depend on how deeply you align with the profile of an audiophile.

Do high-quality RCA cables make a difference?

This will very much depend on how closely you are willing to listen to music. If, like me, you are content simply to be there listening and, as long as the quality is decent, don’t mind too much about the particulars, then the quality of the cables isn’t going to matter all that much to you.

What cables do I need for a turntable?

Ideally, you will use RCA cables to bridge the gap between a turntable and the preamp and/or amplifier, though nowadays, you can also get away with using an AUX cord.

Which RCA cable is best?

Honestly, any old RCA cable will do unless you have a real hankering for the best of the best. In such instances, you will likely want something a little more expensive with connectors made from purer metals like gold.

By Robert Halvari

My name is Robert Halvari - audio engineer and a total audiophile. I love vinyl because it has that natural character which brings music to life. I've been using and testing vinyl record players for around 15 years and I'm sharing my love and knowledge of vinyl by publishing all I know at Notes On Vinyl

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