Monitor audio Silver 300 speaker cable

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  1. rjames1701

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    Hi,
    I have recently purchased a set of monitor audio silver 300 and aC350 centre and would like to know the best type of speaker cable to buy. I have seen some good reviews for the van damme but I don't understand the importance of the thickness of the core and what I should be looking for. I mainly listen to films and will have them hooked up to a denon x4400.

    Any help/direction greatfully appreciated.
     
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    2.5mm or 4mm are seen as the "go to" diameters for core thickness. A general rule of thumb is the longer the distance, the greater the thickness needed. Especially so if you have harder to drive speakers.

    Van Damme such as Van Damme Blue is viewed as an industry standard, safe choice, fair value and easy to work with.

    There are usually cheaper, just as effective options though too. Such as DCSK speaker cable or KabelDirekt, both available on Amazon UK in the conductor sizes mentioned.

    You could even use mains twin & earth from somewhere such as Screwfix, B&Q, trade wholesalers. It usually works out cheaper per meter and would leave more money left over for terminations (such as banana plugs) if you are not using bare wire into terminals. Reputable makes such as Prysmian/Nexans or Doncaster cable are easy to strip/work with.

    All the names I have just mentioned are copper through and through not copper clad aluminium (CCA).
     
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    Thank you MacVee. I have just ordered VanDamme blue. As you say they look to be a go-to cable and I think I'll get away with hiding it between the carpet gripper and underlay.
    Cheers
     
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    I have the same speakers with van damme 2.5. At 3 metres. It's spot on.. I got them terminated from Mark Grant
     
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    Good to know thanks. What do you mean by terminated. Sorry but not familiar with that term with cable. Im planning on bi-amping the speakers as my amp will handle it and configuration was suggested. Not entirely sure what the result will be though.
     
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    Terminated usually means having 4mm banana plugs attached at either end. Having them done at the dealer ensures that the connection is done correctly. If you are unsure of the lengths you require per speaker then just getting the wire and fitting to both speaker and receiver with bare wire is as good, if not better, than using banana plugs.

    You could also fit your own deadbolt banana plugs. I have a mixture of both dealer fitted and deadbolt banana plugs on my system. Easy to fit yourself, the bare wire is inserted into the plug and firmly held in place by two screws.

    Fisual Easy Fix Banana Plugs (Pack Of 4) - Banana Plugs, Spades & Pins - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists
     
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    So basically when a speaker cable is terminated, it concerns what connection is at the end of the cable. There is a variety of connectors available, from the aforementioned banana plugs to just the bare wire itself.

    Bare wire will usually be considered best as it provides the least path of resistance for a signal but can be impractical and that is when the connectors come into play.

    Banana plugs, z plugs and spade lugs are the most popular ones. They can usually be screwed, crimped, soldered or can be locking. This is to keep it secured and can even be heat shrink wrapped.


    You could have a dealer like Mark Grant do this for you or even certain ebay outlets offer this service. If you go DIY the previously linked Fisual plugs are a good choice and heat shrink wraps are also available.

    I'd shore up Gibbsy's advice to try bare wire if you are unsure, then consider plugs if you require them.
     
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    Thank you. I generally use banana plugs going to the amp and bare wire going to the speakers. I have to admit that with all the info I’ve been getting I think I’ll be doing a lot of trail and error. Thank all.
     
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    If you haven't purchased your cables yet and your wanting your Banana Plugs fitted before you, we have a made it very simple for you to add them to the cart via any of our speaker cables that are recommended. Just remember to select which plugs you wish to use at either end, set the lengths and then quality, If you are using differing lengths, simply make one at a time :)

    If you've ready purchased your cabling, then some of them use a simple screw system enabling you to carry out a DIY job :smashin:
     
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    Hi @ShanePJ just ordered cable and banana plugs. (In basket) How do you know whether I want them fitted or selivwred as separate products?
    Thanks
     
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    If you've ordered them as one item on the site, via a compatible cable page, then its taken as you want them together, if however you have ordered the items individually, this tells us that you want to carry out the work yourself. I hope that helps. If you are unsure how you have ordered them, simply drop us a quick message including your order number at the below link via the "Contact Us" page and one of the team will get back to you regarding your order.

    Hope that helps! :)
     
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    Thanks my basket basically show the plugs as a plus item. Out of interest do you do any colour plugs. Just thinking that if the cable is red/black/purple/green how would I tell the purple and green at amp if they have red/black at speaker. Will there still be a slither of cable colour at the end you put the plugs on?
     
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    Although that sounds like it would be a great idea to have each of the cables plugs colour coded for AV side setups, as far as I'm aware nobody offers that type of banana plug solutions
     
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    Order placed. Thank you for assistance
     

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