cables are good for when you just WANT to try something, want to see if a tweak slightly improves things, without spending the price of a component (or spending anything if you pull a cable out of your stash).I’ve had about a week to try my new cables and haven’t. I think I’m giving away how much I’ve come to care about cable differences...
I’ll get to it I swear!
interesting results. speaker cables are an area where cost is not a good indicator of performance.I compared a set of Morrow Audio SP3 speaker leads vs. Canare 4S11 Star Quad 11 AWG vs. Yardmaster white lightning. I like the SP3 best by a very slight margin over the Yardmaster. They both sound better to me than the Canare. I may try the mil spec and the Beldon next.
There are nylon tipped pliers that are made for straightening wire that I've been using to facilitate just that. There are also similar ones that have "duck-bill" jaws that work nicely too. I got a couple of different pairs from the local bead store.Since everyone is posting updates I'll chime in just to say that I did use the newly acquired Belden to make all the connections in my 414 + 802 setup... Alas, since it's all new to me I have no basis for comparison. Looks tidy where it comes out of the cab to the horns though, and sounds great! Only complaint is that the twist makes it harder to strip the wire ends.
thanks for the helpful post.
Good ole' Type 5 eh?After wrestling with (and losing the fight - only one black eye but no holes in woofers) my pair of XLO Reference cables it's time for me to start the experimenting too. While large and thus heavy speakers are difficult to manage and move around at times, these XLO's are like fighting a Kraken. but they do sound outstanding once connected and repairs made to the surrounding room and guests bandaged up.
interesting results. speaker cables are an area where cost is not a good indicator of performance.