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Speaker cable lengths/delays?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by probedb, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. probedb

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    Hi all,

    I've always made sure my left and right speakers have the same cable length, figuring it'll introduce miniscule delays if they're different.

    I've also made the centre speaker cable the same length.

    Does this actually matter anymore when running an AV amp? Since the delays are adjustable anyways, does it make a difference?

    Thanks in advance!

    Paul.
     
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    It really doesn't matter unless you're using cable differences of tens of metres. Moving your head a couple centimetres to one side will make far more difference as sound travels much slower through air. :)
     
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    I think the theory being you need v big differences (I can't remember if it was in the hundred of metres or kilometers) before it comes close to what human hearing can pick up - so not something to worry about. FWIW, I've got a cable on my right speaker that's a couple of metres shorter than the left - I certainly can't hear any differnce...

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    OK thanks very much for clearing that up :) I can get rid of some redundant cable now.
     
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    Different lengths (unless ridiculous) will make no (Humanly) audible difference.
    It's always good to keep signal lengths as short as possible though. Theory here being the signal will degrade over distance. Again whether this is audible over a couple of metres is obviously negotiable....:)
     

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