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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Ayub, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. Ayub

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    do using the above make any diference to the sound quality?


    or do i plug the cable into the binding posts directly?

    If i solder the ends ( speaker cable tip) it will not alter the sound quality?
     
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    I very much doubt they would increase sound quality, I've always been led to belive 'joins are bad m'kay' so the fewer the better. I suppose more surphace area could be utlised in come cases as the screw binds on most speakers are hollow tubes so the cable will only make contact on the edges, where as on the bananna plugs ive used the screw bind isnt hollow then you have the shaft that inserts into the speakers bind. Either way I would think the difference is pretty much un-noticeable.

    I wouldnt personally solder the ends as lead is a worse conductor of electricty than copper.

    Thats how I view it anyway
     
  3. Ayub

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    the reason i ask is i have a pair of Kef Q5 and i'm currenly tring t build a good a/v system . I building in stages and have a good second hand budget ( a few grand) i have bits and pieces that i'm going to use however i want to do it right and not rush it.

    The Kefs have screw type posts at the back and i was told using the bananna plugs" upset " the sound.

    Thanks you about the solder its what i assumed.
     
  4. Hawklord

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    All of my speakers/ amps have screw type posts. I have tried both directly screwing the cable and bp's and did not experiance any noticable difference in sq. I do however find the banna plugs more convienient when bi-wiring.
     
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    Speaker wire attatched directly to binding posts degrades over time. Banana plugs give the cable protection and are much more convenient. It can be a real pain in the ass messing about with 14 banana screws on a 7.1 rig.
     
  6. Ayub

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    agreed thank you chaps for the infomation. Do by any chance any of you guys run the sound out of your computers into your amp i need a sound card reccomendation :( have tried but nobody seems to come up with any.
     
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    Before I got a standalone dvd player I used the dvd on my pc.
    The sound was sent to my amp/receiver via coax from my Real Magic dvd decoder card and produced very good DD/DTS sound.
    The Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 looks like a good sound card. It has SPDIF input and output and is 6.1 EX/ES compliant.
    In general I think more and more sound card manufacturers are incorperating digital outs, just have scout round on the net, but Creative seem to be the most popular.
     
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    I use the six channel input from my sound card to amp since i have to reverse the 6.1 speaker set up I have (putting fronts in rear connection and vice versa) - my hc is at one end and my pc directly opposite. I use the digifire sound card which is a fairly cheap card that offers good fuctionality and sound :-

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Hercules_156.html

    full spec her:-

    http://europe.hercules.com/showpage.php?p=58&b=0&f=1

    It does offer digital connection as well but I was unable to reverse the sound field using this way.

    others are available here (various prices):-

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Creative_154.html
     
  9. Ayub

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    what i'm getting at is :

    does not just a simple optial out do the job? as i'm going to go for a good a/v i thought that does the job etc. What kind of card do i need i have a budget of around £150 for one. I also am not going to connect the speakers to the sound card. The card will be plugged int the amp via optic cable.
     
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    Im using a creative SB L!VE 1024 in the way you want to Ayub, although digital (coax) out insted of optical out. So yes you can do it that way:)

    I have a friend on the ocuk forums (jez) and not to long ago he purchaced about 15 soundcards ranging from £30 to £200 to test them out, he then returned the ones he didnt want:D He reccommended one of the sonicfury cards (I cant rember which it was around £40 though) very highly, Infact more so than almost all of the more expensive cards.

    Creative cards are good but the drivers are a bit pants

    I heard a lot of people on OCUK raving about the M-Audio cards of late as well
     
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    how much was your card and what kind of a set up do you have?
     
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    PC setup is :

    Poineer VSX-C100 AV Reciver
    Yamaha NSP100 5.1 speakers
    Creative SBLive 1024 soundcard

    connected via coax as of yesterday using the cards digital out (it has no optical)

    The sound card was £70 about 4-5 years ago, it was pretty much top of the line for the home market back then (its the audigy 1 without the front pannel iirc) although there are better cards out now. Good enough for me and the rest of the system.

    Pics of PC setup:
    Whole Desk (click me)

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    (satalites not shown but they are the same as the front L&R)

    HiFi:
    http://www.backspace.fsnet.co.uk/Webby/HiFilovin.htm
     
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    running t.v out no?

    also what is dig coax?
     
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    TV out from the GFX card to the TV? If so no

    The connection from the SoundCard to the TV is digital using a coax cable (dig out from soundcard to dig in on AV reciver)
     

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