Choosing the right speaker cable, please advise

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  1. nero0410

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    1st link. £4.99 per meter? :eek: Is it gold they have for the wire? ;)
    2nd link. :suicide:

    For both adverts not to state the wire thickness may give an indication of what I think of both of these.

    Use this:
    http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&sku=A1209227

    Works out cheaper than most and has 16AWG thickness. If you have have large floorstanders for speakers, double up on the cable you use to get an equivalent to about 13AWG or 2.5 mm2.
     
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    Lovely, and definately enough to get to all speakers, and within my budget :)

    Thank you very much:smashin:

    tris
     
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    surprised they have any of this cable left at dell
    it is a good price for what you get
     
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    16AWG has over 50% more copper than 18AWG.
     
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    SO basically more copper to carry the sound.

    Thanks for the advice :)

    tris
     
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    Just to confuse the matter further, there are two types (standards) of "gauge":-
    AWG - American Wire Gauge
    SWG - Standard Wire Gauge

    There's a post about it here.

    That said, even if the Philips was SWG it is actually a bit thicker than AWG, so on that basis the price of 40p per meter delivered for 16 AWG is better value than the Dell one. Go for it!
     
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    Ok I will :)

    Thanks again

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    i have been following this thread with interest..is it agreed that the phillips/ebay wire is the best?
     
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    In terms of copper, 16AWG cable is no different to any other 16AWG cable. In terms of absolute cost per meter of 16AWG cable, the Philips is the cheapest. In terms of quality performance, there'd be no discernible difference.
     
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    Sorry, but any cable manufacturer who just states "Large cross sectional area of high purity copper conductors ensures good performance levels are maintained - even on longer runs" is IMO hiding behind weasel words because they know "copper is copper" and 16AWG off a cheap reel will perform the same as 16AWG of copper with a nice colour coded LSOH shield priced significantly higher.

    I rest my case m'Lud.
     
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    The Dell and the Amazon are the same cable. Amazon needs P&P added, the Dell is inclusive. I'd avoid wallplates with connectors if I was you. Search this forum for "brush" or "brushes", there are links to wallpaltes that allow cable to poke through without connections, as it were.

    Welcome to the forums by the way! :thumbsup:
     
  17. nero0410

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    Well ordered some of that philips stuff from ebay for a tenner and sounds like it should be here today :clap:

    I'll post some close up pics of it if anyones interested in a closer look :)

    tris
     
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    That is the cable I had bought before I cam on here and looked at the 16AWG discussion. In any case, Im quite pleased with it, its certainly thicker than the cable that came with my Sony system.

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