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Speaker Cables - recommendations

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by mwhorley, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. mwhorley

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    I've finally put together my HC Setup comprising of :-

    Philips 28" PW6006 w/screen
    Marantz SR4200 Receiver
    Tosh SD100E DVD Player
    KEF Q15 Fronts
    KEF Q85s Rears
    KEF 80C centre
    KEF PSW1000 Sub

    Now the next stage is sorting out the cables & interconnects.

    I have an optical cable for the DVD connection so I just need advice on connects from my TV to amp and then suitable speaker cable and a connection for the Sub.

    As this is my first forray into a proper AV setup I don't want to break the bank on cables and was considering something like QED Silver anniversary for the fronts and maybe QED Original for the rears - I want something that will work well for Films and Music. Any good alternatives in this prices range ?

    I'd also be greatfull for advice on a cable for the sub.

    I was expecting to pop into my local Richer Sounds for the cables but if people are aware of any Internet dealers with good offer on cables i'd be interested to hear about them.

    Finally is it important for the runs to be of equal lengths - I could get away with 0.5M to one front and say 2.5m to the other. Is it wiser to make both lengths 2.5m or is there no noticeable difference

    TIA for the advice,
    Mike.
    :)
     
  2. mjn

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    i use QED Original/Qudos.......around £2 per meter..and well...i like it...!!
     
  3. bob007

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    I use QED S/A for the fronts arround £5 metre and QED Bronze for the rears arround £3 metre these are both regarded as good cables as with the original..........works well with movies and music.
    Fronts are all equal lengths as are the rears...........i think it is important...........

    I bought a IXOS cable for the Rel i have and as soon as i connected it up it started to hum..........couldn't get rid of the hum, so i reconnected the cheapish 5metre phono lead i had originally and....no hum.......still got it connected and have no wish to change it, so i say no point in spending too much on this one through my own experience.....
     
  4. marcoeser

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    Hi Mike,
    we have similiar speakers.
    I agree with QED cables. I have the oiginal but if you can afford the silver ones, even better.
    I've been recommended to have all the front & center speaker cables the same length and the rears the same.

    I would STRONGLY suggest you bi-wire your Q15. I have just done it myself after many years and was gobsmacked at the difference. The cost is not that much extra, only 5m more.

    try http://www.hificables.co.UK/ . I'm sure others can suggest other sites.

    have fun listening.

    marc:D

    system:
    Sony 32" TV,
    Sony 735 DVD (multi region),
    Sony TA-E9000ES (firmware version 2.5)
    Sony TA-N9000ES,
    Sony SLV-E810EE VHS Video,
    Sony 750 Sky digibox (1.3m satellite dish),
    Kef Q55 front (bi-wired), Q95c Centre, Q15 rear speakers
    Rel Strata III Sub-woofer
     
  5. marcoeser

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    I forgot to say that a digital/coax cable is better than your optical cable if you can afford to replace it.
     
  6. lmccauley

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    Just to throw in a bit of controversy, here's a site that does double-blind comparisons of audio equipment. Here's there page comparing speaker cables costing 3 figures against cheap 16 guage zip-chord.

    http://www.oakland.edu/~djcarlst/abx_wire.htm

    Also, the impedance of a cable run (assuming it isn't very, very long) will be insignificant compared to the impedance of the speakers. Mind you, I still made mine up the same length, just to be sure :blush:

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
  7. mjn

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    why?? it's just sending 1's and 0's.......as long as there is no data corruption at the end of the line..its gonna sound the same...?

    I only use optical from my DVd player cos my co-ax input is used by my HTPC.
     
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    Ordered a catalogue from the once .......never turned up so i never used them........if they can't be bothered to send out a catalogue i wouldn't trust them with an order or my money.....!!

    Have used... HiFiBitZ
    £4.49 metre.............. reliable and free p/p...
     
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    Just bought 6m of QED silver anniversary with bannana plugs from ReTrO (Sound Gallery) to connect my B&W's, ok it was close to £100 but it sounds superb:D


    Taz.:cool:
     
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    I also use QED S/A for my B&W'S, but fronts are in 2M runs ,and the runs for the rears are 4M's. 3 runs of 4M's behind my TV is just too much. I was told that as long as the fronts matched with each other, and the rears matched with each other, it's Ok. so which is right?
     
  12. marcoeser

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    Mike,
    I can't explain technically why coax is better. I'm sure the more experienced members here can shed some light on the subject. But everyone I've spoken to, told me to buy a good quality coax rather than an optical.
    marc
     
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    How about Puresonic 7845.I've seen it at £9m. CPC sell 10m for £12.15. :D :D
     
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    I swapped the cheap stuff on my Mission M73s for QED Silver anniversary recently and was amazed by the difference they made. The bass is sharper and harder, the treble lost the fizz it did have when played loud, and I no longer pick up radio 4 :p
     
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    I would have used an electrical coax from dvd to amp.
    Some most people prefer to by-pass the amp and connect the
    dvd player direct to the tv for a purer picture. The amp bascially
    acts as a filter. Wether the picture is better or not is u're chocie.
    For the osd i have a cheap svideo to scart lead going into the 2nd
    connection on my video from av amp. I use this for quick setup.
    For speaker cable for my front mainspeakers I'm using a Nordost Solarwind,
    they're excellent, they cost about £250.
    I felt the quality of my amp and speaker justified this cost.
    But I think £5 to £10 a meter of speaker would be more than enough.
    There are people that say that QED Qudos or was it 79 strand?
    for any speaker for any system is more than enough!
    Have a chat with a few stores over the phone and compare and contast their advice.

    For the other speakers I used QED Qudos(original).
    They're about £2.50 a meter. The price for that speaker cable is
    pretty standard for any store. I bought mine from SevenOaks,AudioT and a local Sony Store.
    I didn't see the need to buy online. Too much hassle! Richer sounds is also another
    option. So I would not waste time buying online. It's just budget speaker cable.
    It's Saturday...
    ..it's a day of shopping! So pop down the high street and any
    average hifi-av dealer will have this speaker cable in stock!

    I don't have a sub so can't advice u on that.
    Yeah u could keep the speaker cables short &even and not too long.

    Cya,
    Shaz
     

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