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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by chopster, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. chopster

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    Hi.

    My question may seem a very simple one, but I am not knowledgeable in audio stuff and need help, albeit very basic help.

    I am buying my wife a micro hifi system for her birthday (just a Hitachi, nothing special) and it is for the kitchen, but where the speakers go is quite far from where the unit can go (crappy kitchen layout I'm afraid)

    The speaker wires aren't very long but easily changeable for longer ones.

    2 questions: Will it make any difference to the sound by running speaker wire that is about 6/7 metres. (I am planning to get some good speaker wire, not the cheap stuff)

    secondly, can anyone recommend a good speaker wire to get for this sort of system (it is a micro system with 25 watts RMS)

    Hope someone can help :lease:
     
  2. owain_thomas

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    The sort of lengths you are talking about should be no problem at all. As far as cable goes I would not look any further (i.e. not spend any more than) simple 3 core twin and earth mains flex, the solid core variety available for less than 20p per metre. I have compared this with speaker cable in the £2.50 - £4 per metre range and can't tell the difference. if you want some more info on this then do a search for mains cable on this forum, you'll turn up loads. I've yet to hear anyone say they think this cheap solution can be beaten by budget-mid priced dedicated speaker cable.

    Owain
     
  3. chopster

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    Thanks Owain. How would you connect 3 core then. I'm used to speakers that have those little flip down terminals that grab the bare wire. Do you use all 3 wires in the flex and twist them together at each end?

    I have been reading up and it seems that if I get thicker wire than that which comes with the stereo, I am less likely to get any loss of sound quality? what sort of thickness is good, presumably using all 3 from the mains cable would suffice
     
  4. owain_thomas

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    Hi chopster,

    you don't even need to go to the lengths of combining the cores, all you do is use the red covered conductor to connect the two red terminals together and the black covered one to connect (you guessed it!) the black ones. the bare conductor (the earth) is just trimmed back so that it's out of the way (i.e. not touching any of the other conductors).

    As far as sound quality goes I wouldn't worry about there being any compromise with this solution in the system you are using it for, if you wanted to go a bit more high performance on a more expensive system then the Cat5 cables that several members on here (myself included) have made are very hard to beat.

    HTH
    Owain
     
  5. digisocialist

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    Yup. I'm running mains cable throughout my conversion. When I'm ready to purchase, I'll have Bowers & Wilkins 600 s3 series speakers (+£1000 worth of speaker) on the end - so I'm sure this method would be more then adequate for a Micro Hi-Fi system.

    :)
     
  6. chopster

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    Sure beats my piddly £150 hifi, but hey the wife says it looks pretty, and if she is happy...........

    Thanks for the advice guys, will be down the hardware shop tonight to get some t&e. Just felt the need to ask for help before I did something stupid.
     

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