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Old 15th May 2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Hello All I am not trying to open a can of worms with speaker wires but, I had a few questions? In the past I worked for a speaker cable company as a sales man for a short time I woun't even get into that!). One question was always on my mind? Why all the hype and all the ba,ba,ba, junk. How come there is not a cable out there that doesn't change the sound of your speakers like a (eq) everytime you change wires? I am looking to make my own cables? So what type of meterial can I use that will not alternate the sound of my music and just let music flow thru the wires? Sorry I had to know I have been waiting to ask this question? Thanks N.S.
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Old 15th May 2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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Cerro THHN 6 gauge STRANDED. Try Home Depot or Lowes. Twist the conductors around each other at a rate of about 1 turn every 18" - 24". Use as little solder as possible, better to use no solder (pressure-fit connectors). Was discovered and reported by an audio rag a few years ago. Works pretty well except that the wire is VERY stiff.

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Old 15th May 2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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There is too much hype surrounding speaker wire.
The type of wire makes an extremely small difference, very likely undetectable by normal ears.
I use 13 amp mains cable for mine and have had no ill effects.

A speaker distorts the sound many times more than the cable will.

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Hello All I am not trying to open a can of worms with speaker wires but, I had a few questions? In the past I worked for a speaker cable company as a sales man for a short time I woun't even get into that!). One question was always on my mind? Why all the hype and all the ba,ba,ba, junk. How come there is not a cable out there that doesn't change the sound of your speakers like a (eq) everytime you change wires? I am looking to make my own cables? So what type of meterial can I use that will not alternate the sound of my music and just let music flow thru the wires? Sorry I had to know I have been waiting to ask this question? Thanks N.S.
it's a matter of belief, if you believe you can hear differences, you will....it is also a mater of taste, if you want nice looking things, then that will work for you...finally it is a matter of wallet density, the more awash with cash you are, then the more likely you will fall for these cables....
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Many people say solid core thin gauge wire works better. Cat 5 24 awg strands are perfect for full range drivers as you are not pushing more than 20 to 30 watts tops. I use 22 gauge solid core in 4 conductor shell. Double up if you need more amps.
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it's a matter of belief, if you believe you can hear differences, you will....it is also a mater of taste, if you want nice looking things, then that will work for you...finally it is a matter of wallet density, the more awash with cash you are, then the more likely you will fall for these cables....

Yes understand were your coming from its a matter of taste but, were does it end? So much hype around cables thats why I quite reading the streo magazines. The hype with the speaker of the month or what ever. This is why I enjoy diying. Savings me money and I learn something new not everyday but, alot. Thanks for your post it's right on. N.S.
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Yes understand were your coming from its a matter of taste but, were does it end?
End?!? End?!? It never "ends."
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I have tried many many speaker cables. With my FR systems ending up with single strands of 24g CAT5.

It seems to me that cable is system dependent.

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Yes understand were your coming from its a matter of taste but, were does it end? So much hype around cables thats why I quite reading the streo magazines. The hype with the speaker of the month or what ever. This is why I enjoy diying. Savings me money and I learn something new not everyday but, alot. Thanks for your post it's right on. N.S.
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It seems to me that cable is system dependent.
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Hi. Indeed it is so. Any cable will have capacitance, resistance and inductance in varying degrees. It will play a part in the amp/speaker circuitry. How big that part is and what it will play will vary from system to system

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