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Flat speaker cable, any good?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by jonbrown, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. jonbrown

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    I recently brought an av receiver and dvd player along with a new TV. However the mrs was slightly surprised to find these cluttering up her favourite room. She’s just about come to terms with the boxes but she’s not a fan of the 70 something strand speaker cabling.

    I can’t run the cables under the carpet (because there isn’t one), or under the floor (because it’s an existing solid wood one). I’m considering these self adesive ultra flat cables, stuck on the wall and painted over.

    Are they any good? Do you loose much quality? Any recommendations/tips?

    Thanks in advance
    Jon
     
  2. AML

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    Usualy such cables are designed to be invisible but dont give good sound quality.
    A good cable tends to be thicker rather than thiner or flat.
    If you check in an audio shop you will see what i mean.

    You could buy good cable thats thick and run it behind scurting or along the edge of scurting if you have it. Otherwise where the wall meets the floor and put something over it like a makeshift scurting!

    I dont recomend flat or thin speaker cabling as it will compromise sound. However, there may in fact be some good high quality flat cable. Just go to a shop that stocks all kinds of speaker cabling and ask away!
     
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    Or you could save yourself a lot of money and make up your own...?
     
  4. Ian J

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    I disagree with AML as I use Ixos 607 flat cable for my rear speakers and don't find that it compromises the sound one bit. It has a self adhesive strip on one side so may suit your purpose.
     
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    ixos 607 is good value for money, if you can live without the adhesive xhs133 and xhs203 are quite good. Qed do two ranges qontour and profile which are quite flat too.
    It might be helpful to know that ixos 607 is now called xhs233
     
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    I use similar cable for my rears except it's the cheap, non adhesive stuff from RS.
    The law of diminishing returns applies when it comes to speaker cable.
    Not much point in spending a fortune on a few strands of copper...
     
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    Well there you go mate! It does exist after all!
    Personaly I preffer expensieve thick cables. Call it peace of mind.
     
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    Thanks for that guys. I’m still recovering from all the different ‘opinions’ on how best to connect a DVD, av receiver and a TV.

    I was going to pull the skirting out but frankly I’m too lazy and I still don’t know how to get around the fireplace and patio doors.

    Think I’ll try it because it sounds tidier and therefore most likely to appease the Mrs. If it doesn’t work I guess I’ll put the big fat cables in again.

    Brogan did you glue the non adhesive stuff on or did you pin it? Does it look tidy?

    Cheers
    Jon
     
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    twin & earth lighting cable. thats flat and good and cheap :smashin:
     
  10. Brogan

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    As I had to run a lot of cables to the back of the room, I used some PVC trunking from B&Q.
    I just used double sided tape to stick it to the skirting, popped the cables in and then put the lid on.
    Because it's PVC, it's very easy to cut, even making mitres for corners.
    With it and the skirting being white, it's hardly noticeable.

    For the short runs that go from the trunking to the speakers up on the wall, I used double sided tape. Works a treat.
    You can see the cables but they don't look untidy.
    If you take the time to perhaps run them up the corner of the room then they will be much less noticeable.
     
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    I use thin cables on my rears - I have no problems with that!
     

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