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Acoustic Research AP031
6 Reviews
rating  4.67 of 5
MSRP  15.00
Description: Acoustic Research Performance Series Audio Cable - AP031/ 6 Foot Length/ RCA Connector/ Enhanced Sound Quality


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by corky newman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I have been useing the Monster interlink 300MkII's for a few years, and the music seemed a little dull. I just got a very good Rotel CD player and I wanted a few different cables to try. I bought a set of the AR APO's and a set of Tara silvers. The Cd is running into a old Sansui AU 417 into Paradigm & Ohm/JBL speakers. After trying and not likeing the brittleness of the mids on the Taras I tried the SR's...the mids are very sweet & detailed, and the music seems alot more involveing. The Tara's were $80..and these AR's I got for $5.00 what a big difference between them..I really like these AR's for the music I listen to..so much in fact I just ordered the PR130's to try out...I am very happy with the Acoustic Research product...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by machani a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I am using the highly-rated Cayin TA-30 integrated tube amp with a Marantz CC4300 CD player. I was using a RadioShack gold-plated 6' RCA interconnect, which I thought did the job well.

But nothing prepared me for the improvement when I replaced the RS interconnects with these AR Performance Series (AP031) interconnects. The improvement was immediate and not subtle. The improvements were from top to bottom: better soundstage (i.e., wider and deeper), better imaging (i.e., image position in sound objects are narrower and more defined), improved highs (i.e., highs are smoother and more extended), more resolution (i.e., less smear), more revealing (i.e, more audible texture from instruments and voices) and more clarity (i.e., sounds are more precise).

Having read a lot about the controversy surrounding cables, I never thought that cables could make this much of a difference. But from what I have read, the effects of impedence, capacitance and interference (EMI/RFI) DO influence the sound in interconnects - much more so than speaker wire. So a well designed, properly shielded interconnect will perform better than a cheap one. (Whereas it is difficult to tell differences between any well constructed 12AWG or higher grade copper speaker wire - regarless of cost).

Because of the absense of smear with these new interconnects, I found myself turning up the volume in my amp a little higher without being fatigued. I never realized that my Cayin TA-30 amp and Marantz CC4300 combination could be this revealing.

In case you are interested, please read my review of the Cayin TA-30.

These are directional cables and the funny thing was I never would have believed that the direction of RCA cables makes a difference. But when I set them up wrongly (with the arrow pointing away from the CD player), there was no sound! Just a faint buzz! When I set them up correctly (with the arrow pointing to the CD player), the sound came out correctly. Go figure!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   FutureShop, Vancouve



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Victor a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
An excellent cable for the money. The tonal balance is slightly on the warm side,but this doesn't bother me. The PRO II model is more revealing but not as involving to my eyes. I simply cannot see spending more money for an interconnect. By the way the company (Recotron) which now owns the Acoustic Research name has reorganized after a bankrupcy filing. The PRO II cables are not easy to find but these cables can be purchased at Best Buy at dicounted prices. Run don't walk and get yorself several sets. I payed 12 dollars for mine

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gmood1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Well since I've heard some good things about these cables ,I picked up a 3 ft pair.I've listened to expensive cables and own some.But these cheap cables are amazing.Very neutral..they don't add or take away from the music.I like this because I don't want rolled off cables or cables with heavy bass.The images in the soundstage are solid and I'am hearing background info in the music I haven't heard before.For the money these cables will without a doubt make you think twice about spending hundreds on cables.The expensive ones are nice to look at but I want be spending that kinda of money on cables again.Do yourself a favor and give them a listen and if your not caught up in looks or what other people think .. you will be satisfied with how well these cables perform.Cables are to compliment the system and bring out the strengths and weaknesses of the system.if you don't like what you hear ..it's probably time to change a component!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Best Buys



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom H a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have the three fott version, great value in interconnects. These are similar to the ones stereophile recently recommended. Fairly neutral sounding, neither bad nor good. They certainly won't help your system, but they shouldn't hurt it either. I don't use these much because I have better sounding cables, but thought I would pick some up because they are cheap and I heard good things.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy




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