How far can I run an audio cable from iPod to stereo before losing quality?

There’s no simple answer to this question. Audiophiles will insist that you’ll need expensive hand-made or special cables in order to avoid sound loss past six feet, but professional musicians have opined that quality of analog cables isn’t significantly compromised even at distances of 25-33 feet (10 meters). There is a natural loss of gain with long unbalanced cables, potentially audible in the high frequencies, but it would be most pronounced at around 33 feet and beyond. Digital cables are another story.

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