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5mportance of cablelength

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by meep, May 22, 2003.

  1. meep

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    Is it generally considered necessary to have equallengths of cable running from amp to speakers (stereo)?

    My set-up places my amp closer to one speaker than the other and this caused my wonder.

    Thanks
     
  2. MikeK

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    Depends.

    Generally speaking, I'd do them the same, but I wouldn't argue that a few feet either way will make very much difference (eg 8ft and 10ft).
    However, 3ft and 50ft may do!
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    I agree, don't worry too much about this, but it always nice to have pairs of the same length :)
     
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    but in a 5.1 system they have to be?
     
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    For 5.1 I would keep front L& R the same length and rear L&R the same length. (NOT ALL SAME LENGTH JUST PAIRS).
    Centre as short as possible.
     
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    There has been a quite comprehensive discussion on this before (ended with over 100 posts I think!!).

    I think the basic gist is that it shouldn't really matter about cable lenght unless you are running the cables over very large distances (some of the science freaks were actually arguing that it wouldalmost have to be in miles).

    Most people keep it the same for each set of speakers (i.e. same length for each front speaker and same length for each rear), but I was convinced by the argument that the speed at which the signal travels means that the length used in home cinema shouldn't matter. (Though I'v gotmine at the same length just because my speakers are equidistant)
     
  7. meep

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    Hmm,

    Should do a search before opening my big keyboard than :rolleyes:

    Thanks for the replies.

    Peter
     
  8. wookie

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    It is desirable to have cable lengths the same.
    The Amplifiers damping factor is affected by cable length.
    Do not ever coil speaker cable as it becomes inductive.

    As with all HiFi there are real and fairytale myths about these things.:smoke:
     
  9. NicolasB

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    Well, yes, you should. :)

    Check out this thread which in turn references this one.
     

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