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Recommendation for surround speaker cable

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by evildonut, May 20, 2003.

  1. evildonut

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    Howdy!

    Having just moved to a new flat, it turns out that one of my surrounds is slightly too far, so I need to invest in some speaker cable :devil:

    Requirements are: Must be white and easy to bend (one of them has to go round the room).
    I'm gonna need about 20m (12 + 5 + a bit for luck/future proofing).

    My current speaker cable is QED Original (the £2.50/m jobbie :rolleyes: ).

    I've had a quick look on the net, and I've shortlisted those:
    - Chord Carnival : £3/m
    - Ecosse CS2.3 : £3.50/m
    - VDH The Snowline : £4/m

    Opinions/preferences/anything else?

    Thanks!
     
  2. shodan

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    As I have lo-fi :)-) )quality rear speakers, I have the equivalent in speaker cable!!!! Actually I have a mixture of QED original and bell wire cable joined with some VERY nasty little blocks!! It sounds ok to me!!!!
     
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    QED Micro? or is that too cheapy?
    Ixos Gamma 6003 grey/white £3 a metre?
     
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    I use Cable Talk 3.1, which offers nice solid construction and easily good enough sound quality for rears. Can be had for about £2.50p/m I think. Although it's got a thick outer skin, it's also very flexible.
     
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    Don't laugh ... but my rears are running on B&W 79strand cable - very similar to the QED Original stuff. £10 for 25m.
     
  6. evildonut

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    I suppose I should mention that my rears are Mission M77DS :rolleyes:

    IOW I guess there's no point in spending more than £3/m for those speakers (other than upgraditis of course :p )
     
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    As a rule I recommend Maplin's "Hifi" speaker cable at 69p per metre, but a 12 metre run of that stuff might just be beginning to edge towards the point where you'd need something thicker if you have particularly choosy speakers - 12-gauge, perhaps. You could try Studio Spares (click here).
     
  8. evildonut

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    Howdy!

    I think for the time being I'll just stick to another run of QED Original - at this stage there's probably not much point in spending more, as long as the cable is not too long.

    I'll double-check the lengths tonight, then probably a trip to my local dealer is in order for this weekend :D

    Thanks all for your input!
     
  9. hornydragon

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    Nicholas i am moving soon and will be rewiring, the speakers are not picky so you think Maplin 69p a metre is the best value?
     
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    I rewired my rears (ooer) recently using the QED flat cable 30 metres cost me £50. It sounds fine & goes under the carpet no bother at all (It's only 1 mm thick)
     
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    (looks around nervously) :rolleyes:

    As you may know there is something of a long-standing argument in audio circles about the importance of cables. As far as speaker cable in particular is concerned, there are basically two beliefs: 1) The influence of speaker cables on sound quality obeys the known laws of Physics. 2) The influence of speaker cables on sound quality works in a way that is beyond the understanding of Science in its present form.

    Personally I subscribe to the former, and, according to that belief I would be happy to recommend Maplin's 69p per metre cable for pretty much anything, so long as the run isn't more than 10 metres or so. For longer runs I would suggest 12-gauge (or, in extreme cases, 10-gauge) copper wire, which depending on where you buy it, might cost as much as £2 a metre, or possibly even a little more.

    However, if you are a member of the second of those two schools of thought, then the sky's the limit. You might, for example, want to use pure silver wires instead of copper, which you can import from here and which are a snip at $750 (plus VAT, carriage, and import duty) for a pair of wires twelve feet long, with spade connectors. The person who told me about that site reckons that "the prices are simply fantastic".
     
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    THanks Nicholas, you know some ucked up people!!!! I will be heading to maplin the day after i move! I get 5% discount there as well so only 66p a metre for me :)
     
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    In the interests of objective reporting, I should probably point that I haven't personally auditioned any "high quality" speaker cables. So any specific buying recommendations here are technically speculation, but based on what I consider to be a valid application of Occam's Razor.
     
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    Maplin also get my vote for cheaper cables. Last time I bought some it was about half the normal price to buy a 100m roll and even with 3 systems up and running I've still got some left. Much better to put money into Video cables and speaker cables for the front channels.
     
  15. evildonut

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    Wee update:

    I've properly measured the length I need for the surround left speaker, and it's 14m :( whereas for the right one I need 5m.

    1) Even though they are surrounds, is it still ok with such a difference of length? I'd say so, seeing as you can set up volume and distance in an AV setup, but I want to check it out.

    2) With a length of 14m, I have a feeling that the QED Original is gonna be a bit thin. What minimum diameter/gauge should I go for?

    Thanks!
     
  16. sounddog

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    How about one of the thicker Gale cables from Richer Sounds? Or 2.5mm mains cable is another alternative.
     
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    £1 per mtre from Richer souns.....not white though.
     
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    CPC do 9(£9.90) and 15(£14.10) metre reels of AR 16AWG cable on a reel with 8 free banana plugs on each reel.

    They do flat white 16AWG puresonic cable for about £2/M and stock Van Damme cable at good prices. Worth getting a catalogue for a look see.

    Add VAT. Free delivery over £30.

    Page 270 of catalogue or try www.cpc.co.uk

    Gus
     
  19. evildonut

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    Thanks Gus,

    I'll check it out!
     

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