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Spekaer Cable Which of these to choose?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Mark Ward, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. Mark Ward

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    I need LOTS of speaker cable for my new room and can't stretch to QED silver anniversary that I currently use in the smaller room.

    I've decided to go with Maplins cable for now and was wondering which of the following would be the most appropriate for the High Freq & Low Freq Bi-Amped. Would I be able to run narrower gauge for the High Freq?

    Note that some of my runs are very long (room is 42ft long and you can't go in a straight line across the floor)

    I'm planning to Bi-Amp the front three and possibly Bi-Wire the Sides and Rears. What would you recommend from these?

    Van Damme - Professional Loudspeaker Cable

    Conductor
    High Purity non tinned OFC
    1.5mm 30 X 0.25mm
    2.5mm 50 X 0.25mm
    4.0mm 56 X 0.30mm

    D.C. Resistance
    1.5mm 11.2 ohms per km
    2.5mm 6.8 ohms per km
    4.0mm 4.3 ohms per km

    Price (Used Bulk Price Because of amount needed)
    1.5mm 2-Core £0.90m (£89.99 per 100m)
    4-Core Not Available
    2.5mm 2-Core £1.37m (£136.99 per 100m)
    4-Core £2.64m (£131.99 per 50m) (Bi-Wire)
    4.0mm 2-Core £2.28m (£113.99 per 50m)
    4-Core £4.38m (£218.99 per 50m) (Bi-Wire)


    Alternatively

    Maplins Hi-Fi Loudspeaker Cable

    Conductor
    Copper 79 X 0.20mm
    Max Working Voltage: 100V RMS
    Max Current: 18Amp


    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
  2. Silent Fly

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    Mark,

    I use this:
    and I am very happy with it. Transparent, flexible, mechanically solid.

    I use it with Marantz SR5300 and Kef "eggs".

    Before taking a decision I would suggest you the reading of this web page:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~rogerr7/wire.htm :smashin:
     
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    Sorry, I just realised I posted this in Amps/Receivers. Is more appropriate to SPeakers/Subs Forum really as the decisions would be different depending on the speakers used.

    Could you move it please mods? :blush:

    Silent Fly:- I may do the 79 strand Maplins for the rears/sides and some better stuff for the fronts.

    What I don't know about is what affect these numbers/measurents have on performance? Should I keep heavy gauge for the LF only and a lighter gauge for the HF?

    Mark.
     
  4. Silent Fly

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    You can but in my opinion you will not notice any difference (well, apart the money in your pocket:)). You may want to read http://home.earthlink.net/~rogerr7/wire.htm, it explains why.

    In a nutshell... not too much.

    You can read:

    1.5mm 30 X 0.25mm

    as

    {total diameter} {number of internal conductors} X {diameter of a single internal conductor}

    (I think)

    From the sound point of view the only important number is the first one: total diameter. Normally bigger cables have lower resistance.

    The D.C. Resistance is another important parameter. The lower the better. However, unless you are going to use a 100mt cable for each speaker, it is unlikely that it will have any major impact. The Van Damme 2.5mm is probably the best balance in terms of size/resistance.

    No. You can buy a good cable and use it for both.

    ---

    Buy what makes you happy... but I still think that the Maplin “Heavy Duty Loudspeaker Cable” (XR60Q) is the best cable on earth. :rotfl:
     

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