Speaker Cables, Trying a Few Things

fiddlefye

Senior Member
When I finally get my system moved to the opposite side of the room I'm going to need a new set, 15'-18', somewhere in there. Open to suggestions for a run that long.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Remind me not to follow most of youse guyses across a high bridge...

;)

Just kidding, I'm using the twisty Belden stuff, too -- and now y'all've got me wonderin' about this "mil-spec" silver/copper stuff... as in "what is it and where does one procure it?" ;)
 

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
When I finally get my system moved to the opposite side of the room I'm going to need a new set, 15'-18', somewhere in there. Open to suggestions for a run that long.
When I had a run that long I used some Audioquest in-wall cable I got off a spool at Magnolia. I used it for many years and found no fault in it. I needed about 20'. In fact I'm still using it, but I've since shortened it.
 

MrEd

Senior Nobody
Remind me not to follow most of youse guyses across a high bridge...

;)

Just kidding, I'm using the twisty Belden stuff, too -- and now y'all've got me wonderin' about this "mil-spec" silver/copper stuff... as in "what is it and where does one procure it?" ;)
Here is one example, you can search by gauge. I use 14 ga on my horns and 12 ga on woofers.
 

Wntrmute2

Not So Mediocre Member
I've bought miles of wire from John. Excellent seller but the last few times I looked, his supply was lacking. I turned to
This Guy as he has a huge variety, ships rapidly and is helpful
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
When I had a run that long I used some Audioquest in-wall cable I got off a spool at Magnolia. I used it for many years and found no fault in it. I needed about 20'. In fact I'm still using it, but I've since shortened it.
I use the Audioquest I got from Glenn years ago in the living room and third floor systems and yeah, it seem to do the job just fine. I've just never really compared it to anything more "upmarket". To show how little experimentation has been going on - I'm using a set of cables a (now deceased) friend made for me many years ago from computer wire. He made two sets, one heavier gauge and one lighter and I've a;ways preferred the sound with the lighter of the two.
 

prime minister

Site Owner
Staff member
I recently sold my EWA LS-25 speaker cables to raise some cash. I’m trying a few things as a replacement that might have a few of the sonic characteristics of the LS25s. So far a pair of Kimber Kable 4PR were a fail, accurate but somewhat lifeless. Some of the upper range details, small but so important to realism, seemed missing. Surely for different loudspeakers, a different story.

I bought a really inexpensive 50’ reel of Crutchfiel’s flat speaker cable, 16 guage. Better actually. Looking at the capacitance of Kimber, it’s higher than your average wire, but lower inductance. From what I’m reading, higher capacitance can lead to a small roll-off at higher frequencies. But I’ve also read it would be well outside the audible bandwidth. Just putting out a personal experience. The flat Crutchfield wire sounds better.

Other “flat” wires I’ve had great experiences with, Naim NACA5, TQ and EWA (both invented by @ColinWonfor) and Alpha Core Goertz MI2 Veracity. I can’t explain that last one since they were very high capacitance cables but very flat, sandwiched on top of each other. Tara Labs, not flat, RSC rectangular solid core was very, very good.

Some here are fans of Duelund 12g tinned copper speaker wire. I had great success in DIY interconnects with Duelund but the 12g speaker cables are too much $, could have kept the LS25’s. But looking for alternatives, I ran across Belden 9497 16g tinned copper wire with quite a following both as speaker cables and for crossover connections. Given the good luck with Duelund tinned copper, has anyone tried the Belden 9497 as speaker cable? I have always been sensitive to differences in speaker cables, interconnects and digital not-so-much.

Mine are being delivered tomorrow. Twisted pair, 16 gauge, tinned-copper.

Feedback and comments welcome. Ridicule accepted but not preferred ;)

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Just to clarify for any newcomers, ridicule is not acceptable around these parts. This place was built to allow discussions of this kind.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Vermont!?!
Did I know you were a Woodchuck*?
I can look out my window and see Vermont. Well, actually, I have to go a little further up the hill to see it -- but I know it's still there when I come down to our house.

Heck, the sun here sets over Vermont purt' near ever' night!

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* OK, I probably did, and forgot -- forgetting's getting to be a core competency for me nowadays. :confused:
 
Vermont!?!
Did I know you were a Woodchuck*?
I can look out my window and see Vermont. Well, actually, I have to go a little further up the hill to see it -- but I know it's still there when I come down to our house.

Heck, the sun here sets over Vermont purt' near ever' night!

016 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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* OK, I probably did, and forgot -- forgetting's getting to be a core competency for me nowadays. :confused:

Hehe yep as you pointed out I think you knew 😁 I was actually finally able to get my vaccine this past week! 30s age group didn't come around for a while... I'd be really excited about getting together with another Havenite and listening to some tunes if the mood ever strikes you!
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Hehe yep as you pointed out I think you knew 😁 I was actually finally able to get my vaccine this past week! 30s age group didn't come around for a while... I'd be really excited about getting together with another Havenite and listening to some tunes if the mood ever strikes you!
I'm sure I did. :o
I hope I didn't use my sad excuse of a Sarah Palin joke parody before, too. :p

I got my second Pfizzer dose last Tuesday, so I am ready to Roomba rhumba rock 'n' roll in a l'il less than two weeks! :smoke

I do hope all the folks that've recently bought that Belden cable like it! :confused::o
 
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