What are often referred to as ‘accessories’ might more accurately be called ‘necessaries,’ as they are essential for getting the most out of your AV equipment. If you upgraded to a new TV, turntable or set of speakers this holiday season, check out these top ‘necessaries’ to help you take your system to the next level.
Clean Up Your Power
It’s important to guard your sensitive equipment from surge in power coming from the outside powerline and electromagnetic interference (EMI) as well as radio frequency interference (RFI) from other devices, such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. Here are three of our favorite solutions:
Austere VII Series Power Outlet/Surge Protector With PureFiltration technology, Austere Power cleans noise and artifacts that can travel through power lines and keeps them from impacting your devices. Its Omniport USB provides rapid charge and protection for low-voltage devices. And because your laptop is part of your entertainment system, Austere Power has a 45W USB-C PD port that, unlike other power options, can charge it through a single cable.
It Pays To Have the Right Connections
Cables are like the synapses of your system, carrying the signal from device to device. Make sure your components are receiving optimum signal transfer with the cables shown below.
AudioQuest Forest 48 HDMI Ultra High Speed 48Gbps HDMi Cable AudioQuest 48Gbps HDMI cables have the bandwidth required for video with resolutions up to 10K and resolutions/refresh rates up to 8K/60 and 4K/120, and all AudioQuest HDMI cables are completely backwards compatible with existing 4K displays.
SVS Single RCA Cables Available in 1-Meter, 2-Meter, 3-Meter, 5-Meter, 8-Meter, 12-Meter and 15-Meter lengths, SVS SoundPath Single RCA Audio Cables feature pure copper conductors, 24K-gold-plated brass connectors and a precision-engineered five-layer dielectric insulation system to reject all RF and electromagnetic interference.
AudioQuest Black Lab RCA Subwoofer Cable Solid long-grain copper conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion, and the Metal Layer Noise-Dissipation System prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.
AudioQuest Q2 Speaker Cables Q2 cables offer smooth midrange, extended highs and solid bass, everything you'd expect from an AudioQuest cable. They work great with any size bookshelf speaker and small to medium sized towers.
AudioQuest Type-9 Speaker Wire with Silver Banana Plugs Type-9 Low-Distortion & Low-Noise speaker cable is essentially the legendary Type-4 with better metal, and with added layers and techniques of noise-dissipation for more effective noise control than any previous Type-4 iteration.
AudioQuest NRG-Z3 High-performance AC Power Cable NRG-Z3’s patented RF/ND-Tech and direction-controlled Silver-Plated shield conductors efficiently drain RF noise from the line and neutral shields to ground via the third “ground” pin, and its common-mode phase-canceling array provides additional differential linear filtering.
Austere III Series 4K Active HDMI Cable This Austere HDMI cable is Kevlar-reinforced and protected by proprietary WovenArmor, constructed for flexibility and strength. It offers the highest 4K standards and specifications, including a bandwidth of 18 Gbps and 4K60 frame rates, and eARC technology allows the "upstream" and "downstream" of signals over a single HDMI connection between your TV and any eARC-equipped device.
Elevate Your Analog
Here are some ways to keep your records clean and upscale your turntable.
Pro-Ject VC-S2 Record Cleaning Machine With many practical features and excellent mechanical operation, the VC-S2 combines industrial design appeal with an easy solution to thoroughly clean your records. Pro-Ject's eco-friendly and non-alcoholic vinyl cleaning concentrate, Wash-IT, offers very excellent cleaning results and minimizes static charge, so record wear and stylus wear are significantly reduced.
Record Doctor RDVI Record Cleaning Machine Vacuum cleaning your records with the Record Doctor VI is the best way to get dirt, dust, and grime out of the grooves and let you hear the music you've been missing. With its Clean Sweep fluid application brush, soft sweeper strips, and specially formulated record cleaning fluid, Record Doctor VI is safe for all of your LPs.
AudioQuest Super-Conductive Anti-Static Record Brush Here’s a safe, fast, and effective tool for removing dust and debris from your records. Conductive carbon fiber bristles and conductive gold contacts remove microscopic dust before it can become embedded in your favorite vinyl, to keep your records sounding like new. It’s also perfect for computer keyboards and more.
Two other ideas to improve the performance and convenience of your setup.
SVS Subwoofer Isolation Feet Decoupling a subwoofer from the floor results in tighter and cleaner bass. These isolation feet work with nearly every subwoofer brand and model to improve bass performance while reducing floor and wall vibrations, noise artifacts and complaints from neighbors or roommates.
ErgoAV Motion TV Mount 43"-75" If you don’t have your TV mounted, what are you doing? ErgoAV's motion mount fits most TVs 43 to 75 inches and up to 132 lbs. This mount extends 24.2 inches from the wall and can be swiveled left or right and tilted, for optimal viewing in any seating location.