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 26th July 2021, 03:48 AM #41 PRR   diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jun 2003 Location: Maine USA The electrons move slower than the electric wave. Same as ripples in the river move faster than the water flows to the sea.
 3rd August 2021, 10:48 PM #42 lgreen   diyAudio Member     Join Date: May 2003 Location: San Diego, USA Think of a wire 100 atoms long, current will move 1 electron to the next atom, which will move 1 of its electrons to the next and so on. This happens so fast that the last electron will shoot out nearly at the speed of light. But the first electron has only traveled 1 atom in distance, as have the rest. So is the disconnect here that if we wait for that first electron to come out the end (traverse all 100 atoms) we are in the 3m/s range? Still seems a little slow... __________________ Retired from DIY (2010) but still lurking now and again.
 Yesterday, 12:16 AM #43 Tubelab_com   diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2005 Location: West Virginia panhandle Some have claimed that the speed of electricity is quite slow and varies with the frequency of the alternating current. The disconnect seems to be with the definition of "electricity." We know from years of talking on wired telephones and using a synchronized power grid, that DC, 50/60 Hz, audio, and radio frequency signals flow through a wire at 50 to 90% of light speed. The frequency of the signal does not appear to be a major factor in this speed. In some instances very high frequencies (several GHz) may be slightly slower than audio due to a lossy medium being used as the insulator, not the conductor. As I stated previously that if the wire was long enough an individual electron may never make it out the other end, just be pushed back and forth. If it is somewhat shorter than this critical length an electron may get smacked back and forth a zillion times but moves a very tiny distance forward with each smack, making it's apparent movement quite slow. Repeat the smacking more often (raise the frequency) and this movement will appear to speed up. Place all of the billiard balls against the rail along one side of the table. Drive the cue ball into one end of this row, and the last ball will pop out from the end. All the balls in the middle will move a tiny amount. The ball that left the end will be moving at the same speed as the cue (minus frictional losses) but those in the middle move in small quanta. This makes the apparent movement of the stack rather slow, and dependent on several variables. __________________ Tubelab, I blow stuff up so that you don't have to.
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 Originally Posted by hpro When we sat in the nineties in Hifi House in Bangkok, there were guys who could hear out what kind of CAPS were used in AMPLIFIER. What Kind of Cables between the devices.
I very much doubt those distinguished Gentlemen could repeat the feat in a proper double blind experiment.
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 I was there and have seen it.
Seeing and believing does not make something true.

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 Measuring distortion while testing an amplifier Ciruit. and just because that pair of speaker had not exactly 8 Ohms.
NO speaker has exactly 8 ohms, except by chance and only at a single frequency or two, if that were a problem,*all* amps would distort all the time.
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 then Exchanging Cable to a shorter one removed the problem.
Not sure why this relates to speakers having exact 8 ohm or not, or distortion.

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 And we had always problems when connecting Speaker cables with more lenght than 5 Meters. ..... But again shorter Cable did not Oscillate. Ripping the cables apart did not solve the problem, but shortening the cables down to 1.5 meter and all Oscillation was gone. So please forgive me, I stand up that length matters.
We are talking Equal length wiring, not short/long same length in this thread

[/QUOTE]:where is the problem to desing something evenly, that whatsoever no chances are taken that because of not distribuiting Current Voltage, energy evenly, will bring up problems. Even if don't matter as you guys write, OK with me, but I do not like to TAKE CHANCES and then to find out, why afterwards instead of listening and enjoy music which is played, sound is like a trash can.!.. [/QUOTE]
Such GROSS deficiencies do not come from different length wiring in any normal installation or build. Search for other motives.

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 I have seen to many examples where cables and wire were the culprit.!
Maybe, but because way too much inductance, capacitance, poor layout or grounding, not because of "different length" or 1.5 meter vs 5 meter length.

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 So is the disconnect here that if we wait for that first electron to come out the end (traverse all 100 atoms) we are in the 3m/s range? Still seems a little slow...
But in 3 meters wen have a Trillion Billion Zillion Atoms, not just "100"
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 Yesterday, 03:41 AM #45 lgreen   diyAudio Member     Join Date: May 2003 Location: San Diego, USA Even if we focus on the movement of one electron, there is no guarantee that after it moves it will move again, a different electron from the next atom may move instead. And if it is AC, the current reverses from time to time, the electrons will ping pong and most likely never traverse the entire lenth of wire, as tubelab says. Also we are ignoring the fact that the wire whose length you want to match may be exposed to differing interference or noise if you make it a matched length, proving to be detriment over nonmatching lengths that are separately and independently routed carefully to avoid noise or inference pickup. __________________ Retired from DIY (2010) but still lurking now and again.
 Yesterday, 03:57 AM #46 Enzo   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Sep 2004 Location: Lansing, Michigan If we try to follow one electron through a wire it takes a relatively long time. But current is not a bunch of electrons entering one end of a wire and traversing it. If we bang one electron into one end of a wire, a different electron pops out the other end, the distance covered at close to the speed of light.
 Yesterday, 04:11 AM #47 mdpaudio diyAudio Member   Join Date: Oct 2014 Back in the day of RGB video we would have to match cable length within a quarter of an inch between each RGB coax. Longer than that would screw up the timing and colors would look like the tiktok logo, offset. That was at MHz frequencies. At audio frequencies several inches will not cause enough delay to be audible. There are much more important things to worry about in life and in amplifiers.
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"Electricity" doesn't move. Electrons and EM waves move. We used to make 5000 mile phone calls over copper cables. If you can't come to a logical conclusion from that theres no hope.

 Yesterday, 06:43 AM #49 cbdb   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Oct 2008 Location: Vancouver "3.1m/s. As a consequence of Snell's Law and the extremely low speed, electromagnetic waves always enter good conductors in a direction that is within a milliradian of normal to the surface, regardless of the angle of incidence. This velocity is the speed with which electromagnetic waves penetrate into the conductor and is not the drift velocity of the conduction electrons." This is the speed the EM waves enter the conductor. (no EM waves in a perfect conductor, the electrons move to cancel it) and I think the skin depth is how far they penetrate. The speed of the EM waves outside the conductor is near the speed of light. The copper carries the electrons the dielectric carries most of the EM field.
 Yesterday, 06:52 AM #50 cbdb   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Oct 2008 Location: Vancouver From Poynting vector - Wikipedia Coaxial cable Poynting vector in a coaxial cable, shown in red. For example, the Poynting vector within the dielectric insulator of a coaxial cable is nearly parallel to the wire axis (assuming no fields outside the cable and a wavelength longer than the diameter of the cable, including DC). Electrical energy delivered to the load is flowing entirely through the dielectric between the conductors. Very little energy flows in the conductors themselves, since the electric field strength is nearly zero. The energy flowing in the conductors flows radially into the conductors and accounts for energy lost to resistive heating of the conductor. No energy flows outside the cable either, since there the magnetic fields of inner and outer conductors cancel to zero. Counter intuitive but most of the power delivered by cables doesn't run thru the conductors. Last edited by cbdb; Yesterday at 06:58 AM.

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