Monoprice 138076 RCA Two-Channel Stereo Audio Cable Review
Folks, the day has come where I felt compelled to do a review of audio cables. Anyone who is familiar with my articles, or my online presence knows that I am very critical of those who extol the virtue of expensive cables. I have always believed that cables can’t add any depth to your signal chain or make any audible difference in your system. I have disagreed with readers who claimed that their cables made an extraordinary difference in their listening experience. And I have poked fun at those who have made the significant investment in a quality audio cable. So what has changed to make me write this article? Nothing! I still don’t think that an audio cable should add anything to your signal chain, and if it does, it’s defective. But I needed some 3’ cables for my system and at $17.99 per set ($20 on Amazon), the Monoprice 138076 RCA cables don’t break the bank, and the quality is outstanding. Plus they come with a lifetime warranty.
Monoprice 138076 RCA Cable Build Quality
So let’s start by saying that these are some beefy cables. They are made from RG-6/U with double copper braid shielding, which should eliminate any EMI or RFI interference present. The Monoprice 138076 RCA cables are in-wall rated. They come in lengths from 3’ to 25’.
The Monoprice 138076 cables are wrapped in a very premium-looking black braided nylon and are terminated with some equally beefy gold-plated RCA male connectors and are solidly connected with a hex set-screw. The connectors do come with the Monoprice logo silkscreened onto them, but with some precision Sharpie application, you can remove that and easily convince people you paid $100 (or more) per cable!
The Monoprice 138076 RCA cables are paired together at each end with a simple piece of heat-shrink. If you want to use these cables individually, a quick snip of the scissors and they are single cables.
The connection is solid, which is the main reason I went looking for new cables. My current RCA cables didn’t have a solid collection and tended to unplug themselves when I dusted the back of my AVR, so this was a dealbreaker. The gold-plating just makes them fancier!
Edit: The cables have a locking feature. Once you plug them in, you can lock down the connections by screwing the base of them down!
The only thing that I can say is bad about these cables is that they do not come paired as a white and red cable. So this means that analogue users are going to have to pay attention when they plug them in. No biggie in my opinion.
So I added this just to be a jerk. There is no sound difference. They transmit the sound from my CD player to my Denon and don’t add ANYTHING! Exactly what I expected of them, and need them to do.
- Quality built and premium feel
- In-wall rated
- Comes in length from 3’ to 25’
- Lifetime warranty
- Reasonably priced
- No left and right channel markings
- People will see these cables and assume you overpaid for them and call you the A-word
Looking for a very high-quality, low-cost cable that comes with a lifetime warranty? If so, the Monoprice 138076 Male RCA Two-Channel Stereo Audio Cable (the name just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) is the cable for you. Priced at $17.99 for the 3’ and up to $25.49 for 25’ the Monoprice 138076 is a must-have.