Remember, a phono cable is, normally, a single cable. Line interconnects are always a pair.
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Whoa, Narrod, since when? Last I looked, my phono cables had a left and a right. Unless you're listening in mono.
The only "requirements" I know of are that the phono cables be sufficiently shielded to avoid hum. Otherwise, line level ICs will work just fine. Why the cost discrepancy in the Stealth ones is a mystery, at least to me. Dave
Stew3859, a standard phono cable is terminated with a DIN plug at one end and two RCA plugs (with or without a ground wire) at the other end. All runs in the same sheath. That's why it is normally cheaper than a pair of interconnects from the same brand and model or cable. Less wire and fewer connectors.
I don't believe there is any correlation between signal strength and cost.
Your Indra example is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison. The Indra uses the purportedly limited availability amorphous metal wire whereas the Hyperphono does not.
A few points where a phono cable may be different:
Some have a DIN-type connector on one end - the seperate signal cables are joined at the DIN. A DIN terminated single-ended (RCA) phono cable will have a single ground wire in addition to the signal leads. DIN/XLR terminated will not have a ground wire.