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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Vinesh, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. Vinesh

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    I want to upgrade my speaker cable to QED Orignal or Gale 315.

    Will I need to buy equal length cable, ie 5 speakers = 5 X 6m cables?

    OR

    Could I use shorter length for the fronts and longer runs for the rear.

    Which is the better cable - QED Orignal or Gale 315?

    Cheers

    Vinesh
     
  2. Ian J

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    This is one of those subjects that rarely will anyone agree upon, apart from cable manufacturers who have a vested interest in selling as much cable as possible.

    I use the same cable for my front three speakers with the same lengths for the left and right but a shorter length for the centre.

    I use a completely different and cheaper cable for the rears.
     
  3. groundy

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    Just as Ian, I use Silver Anniversary for the front 3 - all 1.5m lengths. The rears are connected by a cheaper QED Cable at two 10m runs. I would be inclined to try and keep the rear cable lengths similar as it may make a difference over longer runs.
     
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    Same here, I use equal lengths of Cord Odyssey4 on front L&R but shorter on centre and equal lengths of cheapo speaker cable for the surround's and back
     
  5. Zone

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    The signal travels that fast that unless your soundstage is Wembly Arena proportions you wont notice :)

    Mine are all equal lengths though :blush: :rolleyes: :D
     
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    The idea behind equal cable lengths is to keep the electrical characteristics the same to each channel of the amp. In stereo systems manufacturers go to extreme lengths to make sure that each channel behaves identically to the other (well, some do...and it's a reason why many mono amps sound worse than stereo amps unless you spend ages listening to find a matched pair)

    In a home cinema where the front three speakers are often not identical it's not as critical (imho). If I were being anal and doing a system for myself with three identical front speakers I would probably do it but I've never asked a client to go that far.

    Gordon
     
  7. Vinesh

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    thanks for the replies.
     

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