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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by onewingedangel, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. onewingedangel

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    I'm going back to Uni next week and need speaker cable to connect my tannoy fx5.1's to my pioneer 301 amp. I dont want to spend over £20 and I'll probably need about 25M of cable. So what would you recommend, I've been thinking of either getting a long spool of mains cable from maplins, or buying 5 packs of 7.5m speaker cable from wicks. The wicks stuff is cheap £1.50 a pack, but is obviously low quality. Would the mains cable provide better quality sound at a low cost, or are there other reccomendations you would suggest?
     
  2. owain_thomas

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    I'd go with the mains stuff over the wickes stuff if I were you. Another option would be a 100m drum of cat5 cable from maplin which you can use to make up about 30m of FFRC cable, will be better than stuff costing a LOT more. do a quick search on here for cat5 and you'll find plenty. If that all seems like to much of faff then the mains stuff would be fine.

    Owain

    EDIT - forgot to add, the cat5 reel would cost £30 for 100m, you need 3 runs for each speaker, hence about 30m total.
     
  3. CJROSS

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    CAT5 is 38p per metre, simply use 2 CAT5 cables as you would normal £2/m speaker cable this works out at 76p a metre, Ive used 2CAT5 speaker cable no problem in the past on a second system. Maplin code VB20W :

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    The other type of cable as you have noticed is T+E hwo about this stuff :

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    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/CA1dot5slash50.html £0.19 per metre (50m Reel)
    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/CA2dot5slash50.html £0.26 per metre (50m Reel)

    Either way you will get change out of £20 which is the main thing.

    Consider what size of cable you can fit in your Amp FWIW, hence using 2 CAT5s may be a better option than using 3 CAT5s (FFRC), 2 CAT5s up to 5m length should be fine. If diameter is no problem consider the FFRC.

    HTHs
     
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    Using the mains cable would be easier as its so logical to do, but the cat 5 option does interest me, however how would I connect it to my amp and speakers, as at the moment they use bare wire, would this be possible with the cat 5 option?
     
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    Yep. If you use bare wire now it is possible.
     
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    Would you recommend using the CAT5 over the mains cable considering the system is used almost exclusively for movies and tv? Is the extra cost and effort required worth it in terms of sound quality?
     
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    With the right equipment the difference between the two is a real one, however I'm not sure if it's mostly for TV that you'd hear it. I'm not familiar with you kit, how much did you spend on it?
     
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    Not much really, about £220 for the speakers and £180 for the amp - certainly entry level, but good entry level ;)
     
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    In that case save yourself the time and stick with the mains flex for now, you won't be disappointed, its easily the equal of the £2.50-£4 per metre stuff I've tried. Extra beer tokens for the uni bar :):):)
     
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    Thanks for all the help, mains flex it looks like then...
     
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    What difference would there be in quality between the two mains cables linked to at tlc earlier in this thread? I have read conflicting reports that larger/smaller cores are better. Any suggestions?
     

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