Accell Corporation has joined the ranks of entry-level
A/V cable manufacturers. They differ from some of the others in that Accell
does not sell direct, and the products are made in China or Taiwan. You can
find them at places like Fry's Electronics for Brick & Mortar stores, and
numerous on-line shops like Buy.com.
tell you right now that, judging from the appearance, construction quality,
and price, Accell is going to be a real competitor in the cable market.
A few months ago, Accell sent me a box full of their
new cables, including analog interconnects, speaker cables, digital
interconnects, DVI, HDMI, USB 2.0, and Firewire. They do it all.
All the cables are in tough-to-open plastic
packages. You know, the kind that just about any type of small product comes
in these days. I guess the packaging is designed to prevent theft, but also,
it reduces costs because the package replaces boxes and packing material. I
don't think anyone likes such packaging because you need a pair of good
scissors or a sharp knife to cut the length of the package so you can bend
it open and extract the product.
Anyway, once the cables are out, and you are through
cursing the package's sharp edges, you are confronted with cables that look
more expensive than they actually are. Pacific Rim manufacturing is the
reason for that.
All the cables have solid connectors with gold
plating. If they are carrying digital signals or high frequency analog
signals (component video), they have dual shielding (Mylar foil and braided
copper). The dielectric appears to be polypropylene which is stated to be
Here is a photo of the audio interconnects:
You can see that they look very nice, and even have
directional markers on them, if you believe in that sort of thing. There is
an O-ring between the contact area and the base where you grip it for
insertion or removal.
Accell speaker cables are very basic in design.
Spiraled copper conductors (about 15 gauge) can be bought in bulk or
terminated with pins as in the photo below. That is the only choice for now,
but I suspect other models will be available at some point.
The other cables (component video, digital coax,
HDMI, etc.) are all similar in quality and construction to the audio
interconnects, with more or less shielding depending on the purpose.
I used the various cables Accell sent me for a
couple of months. All of them functioned as advertised, and none
developed any defects.
As to the picture and sound, they all did well. No
video noise from bad shielding or poor contacts. The sound was neutral. No
hum from bad shielding.
In terms of construction quality, I would say the
Accells are a bit above average for their price point. Somewhat better value
than good quality Radio Shack cables. I think they will compete with Monster
Cable for the same customers. Good stuff. Good price.
I measured the LCR values for the coaxial analog
audio interconnects and speaker cables. Click
see the data in our cumulative table.
You can see that the audio interconnects had a
capacitance in line with other cables listed in the table, and low
inductance. The speaker cables have even lower capacitance than the
interconnects, but about the same inductance. Resistance was about average
for all the cables tested. We have not tested enough cables yet to comment
further on this.
It is nice to have so many choices in cables these
days. Accell enters the market with a good solid product that is priced to
- John E. Johnson, Jr. -