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Old 21st April 2008, 03:38 AM   #1
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Default Speaker Wire sans BS

Have we had this link posted before?


Very informative
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Old 21st April 2008, 01:02 PM   #2
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Pure heresy!!!!!

Put your flame suit on and prepare to be burned!!!!!
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Old 21st April 2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Geek! Excellent reading.
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Old 21st April 2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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Good read.

I have been using lamp cord for speaker cable for a long time, and don't plan to stop using it any time soon. As far as I've tested I don't hear any difference between that and more expensive "speaker wire".

The stuff is cheap, easily available and works rather well. Obviously if you need thicker gauge wires you'll have to look somewhere else but if your need is 18-14 awg then it does the job.
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Old 21st April 2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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I use solid core electrical wire of 1.5 mm˛ section, PVC insulated, available in assorted colors at your average hardware store for about 0.30 €/m. This is the standard caliber for household lighting in europe (16 amps max).

Since it is wire and not cable, I twisted it with a power drill (just attach two wires onto something, put the other end in the drill bit, and drill). So it actually looks like some super exotic crap.

The reason for using this wire is that I had lots left over after wiring my house. I never noticed any deleterious effect on the sound versus the € 20/m audiophool cable I was using before.
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Old 21st April 2008, 08:57 PM   #6
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Default Roger Russell on Speaker Wire

(thread with same topic merged )

Good reading from the former director of acoustic research at McIntosh Labs.



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Old 21st April 2008, 09:26 PM   #7
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Default Roger Russell Article

Good one, Jose!

Thanks for shedding some light on this dim corner of the sonic adventure!

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Old 22nd April 2008, 02:44 AM   #8
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It's a good honest article that been around for awhile.

For myself, though, now that I've spent all the money and effort to convert from solid gold, nitrogen filled cables, to twisted up coat hangers, I'll stick with them! They produce amazing clarity--probably due to the inherent stiffness of the coat hangers which allows them to self-suspend above the carpet, without the "sound muddying" supports that ordinary flexible wires require!
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Old 22nd April 2008, 03:16 AM   #9
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This is another interesting read that demystifes the high-end cable hype.

There cannot, and never will be, any progress in society, vis-a-vis racism, so long as the concept of celebrating Diversity -- in it's current, politically-correct, deliberate, punitively extractive form -- continues.
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Old 22nd April 2008, 03:41 AM   #10
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demystifes the high-end cable hype.
and promptly launches into its own:

Simply stated, skin effect is a phenomenon where high frequencies travel along the outside diameter of the conductor causing a timing difference (phase shift) of the travel of high notes to low notes.
what utter crap.
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