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Speaker Cable Comparison: SUPRA, DH LABS, Inakustik, SOMMER, Gotham
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Old 1st April 2018, 04:45 AM   #1
accuton is offline accuton  Taiwan
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Question Speaker Cable Comparison: SUPRA, DH LABS, Inakustik, SOMMER, Gotham

Hello~ everyone!
There are several speaker cables below,
I want to use these as a crossover to units wire at speaker inside.
Which of the following is more suitable as a speaker inside wire,
If there are other better wires, please also recommend me, thank you!


1. Sweden SUPRA PLY 3.4 5N (2X3.4mm)
2. USA DH LABS OFH-14AWG 7N (2X2.0mm)
3. USA DH LABS Prelude >4N (2X4.0mm)
4. Germany Inakustik Excellence MSR 6N (2X4.0mm)
5. Germany Inakustik Excellence Atmos Air 6N (2X3.0mm)
6. Germany SOMMER MERIDIAN 240 3N (2X4mm)
7. Switzerland Gotham 50025 3N (2X2.5mm)



PS. My units are Accuton treble and midrange two-way bookshelf speaker,
currently using the speaker cable is SUPRA Quadrax & DH Labs banana plugs
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Old 1st April 2018, 03:28 PM   #2
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Just use the cheapest wire which is sufficiently thick, and sufficiently flexible. This probably means none of those.
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Old 1st April 2018, 04:51 PM   #3
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As above look for a wire that is:
a] sufficiently thick (conductor cross-section area)
b] sufficiently flexible (that means stranded, but very fine stranded may be hard to connect)
c] easily stripable insulation
d] easy to make connections (tinned wires are easier to solder)
e] makes no audiophile claims
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Old 1st April 2018, 05:32 PM   #4
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Speaker Cable Comparison: SUPRA, DH LABS, Inakustik, SOMMER, Gotham
Mogami and Canare offer really nice cables at affordable prices.
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I always use UK 13 amp stranded mains cable.
Has worked for me for 40 years with no problems.
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Old 3rd April 2018, 04:33 AM   #6
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Hello~ everyone!
There are several speaker cables below,
I want to use these as a crossover to units wire at speaker inside.
Which of the following is more suitable as a speaker inside wire,
If there are other better wires, please also recommend me, thank you!


1. Sweden SUPRA PLY 3.4 5N (2X3.4mm)
2. USA DH LABS OFH-14AWG 7N (2X2.0mm)
3. USA DH LABS Prelude >4N (2X4.0mm)
4. Germany Inakustik Excellence MSR 6N (2X4.0mm)
5. Germany Inakustik Excellence Atmos Air 6N (2X3.0mm)
6. Germany SOMMER MERIDIAN 240 3N (2X4mm)
7. Switzerland Gotham 50025 3N (2X2.5mm)



PS. My units are Accuton treble and midrange two-way bookshelf speaker,
currently using the speaker cable is SUPRA Quadrax & DH Labs banana plugs
Hello,
I'll add my perspective to this one.
One thing for you to remember is that the actual circuit run is from the output on the amplifier board to the speaker crossover entry point. Most people think of it being just from back of amplifier to back of speaker box.
Thus, the wire run inside the box should closely resemble the speaker cable as much as possible. So whatever in your above list of 7 choices most closely resembles your Supra cable is the one to go with.
The wire runs from crossover output to speaker drivers is less critical but I like to use the same as the other run inside the speaker, if possible. As long as the crossover out to speaker driver is at least the same gauge as the voice coil gauge wire you should be okay.

The Accuton drivers you have are about the most expensive ones you can get, so the word cheap should not be any kind of consideration. With the small amount of wire needed, the cost just cannot be very much with whatever choice you go with.
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Old 3rd April 2018, 11:22 AM   #7
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One thing for you to remember is that the actual circuit run is from the output on the amplifier board to the speaker crossover entry point. Most people think of it being just from back of amplifier to back of speaker box.
Do they?

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Thus, the wire run inside the box should closely resemble the speaker cable as much as possible.
Why?

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As long as the crossover out to speaker driver is at least the same gauge as the voice coil gauge wire you should be okay.
Why?
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Do they?


Why?


Why?
Hi Dave,
You've questioned my three points for some reason. So I'll try to offer some explanation.

1. Okay, number 1 can be forgotten as it's largely irrelevant anyway.
2. The wire inside the box from the binding post connection to the crossover carries the same signal as the wire from the amp to the speaker box. I would think that using the same wire inside the box as outside, if practicable, is the best way to go. This makes perfect sense to me.
3. Well, I have used the same wire for everything inside the box in my speaker builds. However, voice coil wires are quite small gauge wires, and I think all that's really needed here is to just have wire the same gauge as the voice coil wire. It doesn't hurt to have larger, but might not matter.

BTW, have you ever made a speaker?
I've built a few complete speakers and have followed the above when I have done so, and they've come out quite well. So I've just related my own personal diy experience.
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Old 3rd April 2018, 12:54 PM   #9
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OK, you don't have a technical reason for your advice. "I did it and it worked for me" is like the man sitting on an English train tearing up newspapers to keep the elephants away; it clearly works because it is rare to see an elephant from an English train.

Not at all relevant, but yes I did make a speaker many years ago.
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Old 3rd April 2018, 01:08 PM   #10
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BTW, have you ever made a speaker?
Btw, did you ever recone a speaker driver?
I did more than once.
And I saw the voice coil winding wire of tweeters as well as of woofers.
Guess what, this experience would turn your consideration of even speaker wire into absolutely pointless.
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