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Old 2nd November 2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default best wire for hooking up Step Up Transformers

I'm about to wire up a pair of Altec 4722s in a box to use with my low output moving coil cartridges. I'm also looking to buy a pair of the Partridge 977s and do the same.

What is the best wire to use?


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Old 3rd November 2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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I'm looking at the Kimber CU25S (25 ga. solid core) and the Kimber DTC23 (23 ga. solid core). Any advice?

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FAR more important is your connectors. Are you committed to using standard RCA or do you have some flexibility? The second issue is the sockets for the 4722s- the socket-to-pin contact is critical at these signal levels. The third issue is the transformer response- the 4722 is very finicky about its source and load, and you'll probably need to play with load networks to get a decent transient response because of the capacitance on the secondary from the interconnect and the preamp.

Wire might run a very, very distant fourth.
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Old 6th November 2012, 03:20 PM   #4
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Thanks SY,

Yes I'm going with RCAs. Might play with XLRs and balanced connection later; we'll see.

I ordered some Kimber CU25S wire, and I'll report on how I make out wiring up the 4722s and some 977 Partridges I also have coming.

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