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My test between Van Damme 4mm Blue Series and CAT5

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by gerbilly, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. gerbilly

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    I have used quite a lot of speaker cable to find something I liked from QED, Atlas, Shark, Ecosse but the two I have liked best were the cheapest CAT5 and Van Damme Blue Series.
    I have been using 2 1/2 metres per cable of the biwirable 4 core 4mm Van Damme and also 2 1/2 metres of 6 lengths (each) of CAT5 braided together.


    Listening to both in the last month I have decided both cope with treble very well and are very difficult to seperate. However I think CAT5 is better when it comes to bass as it sounds as tight as a drum when listening to the likes of Portishead, with the Van Damme it just doesnt sound as clear and as controlled. However it is still a great deal better than the horribly expensive QED silver anniversary.

    Maybe I have not got the configuration with the Van Damme cable width and length wrong but at the moment for hifi purposes I would still recommend CAT5 as being superior. :smashin:
     
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    Sounds interesting mate. :thumbsup:

    What sort of difference in cable diameter and flexibility are there between the two that you've been trying? :)
     
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    When it comes to flexibility Van Damme wins hands down it is like a coiled snake and can bend and twist into any position and it doesnt seem to put any strain on the plugs. It is also a dream to strip and connect the banana plugs. As I said the diameter is the thickest 4mm Van Damme cable with the 4 couloured cores.
    The CAT5 isnt as flexible but it is better than say Twin and Earth. It isnt as small as 4MM I would guess around 5 or 6, but as I said despite this it sounded better with my hifi equipment.
     
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    Thanks, just trying to get a handle on the physical characteristics of each. :)
     
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    So which specific cables have you tested and what were the main differences between them?
     

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