The largely unheralded speaker cable is the unsung hero of your system. A speaker cable is an essential part of any system. It may not cost as much as a stereo amp, speaker or rack, but if chosen poorly, you'll notice it once you fire up your system. Cables embody different characteristics, so picking the right one can be tricky. Some edge towards a lean sound, while others allow for a more full-bodied presentation. It pays to take the time to find the ideal cable that fits the characteristics of your system. The cables below will set you on your way.