Which speaker cable?

jaywrth

Standard Member
I have b&w cm8s what cable should I use. I'm currently using silver anniversary but this probably needs changing?
 

Darkstar_surfer

Well-known Member
Why:confused:
 

mwdynamics

Standard Member
Is QED silver anniversary cable better than the QED bronze special edition cable?
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Is QED silver anniversary cable better than the QED bronze special edition cable?
There is a fairly large school of people who think there is no difference between any cable and any other cable as long as it is in good shape and it is adequately large. So, don't get too hung up on whether this wire is better than that wire.

Likely both are good. One is just more fancy than the other.

Steve/bluewizard
 

mwdynamics

Standard Member
Ah brilliant, I need cable for my next floor standers as i dont have any at the moment. I am just looking for some biwire cable and need a 8.5m stretch and a 11m stretch
Thanks
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Ah brilliant, I need cable for my next floor standers as i dont have any at the moment. I am just looking for some biwire cable and need a 8.5m stretch and a 11m stretch
Thanks
Bi-Wire or Bi-Amp?

Most will tell you that there is little point to bi-wiring assuming you have adequate sized wire to start with. For those who already have wire laying around, I certainly encourage you to try Bi-Wiring as an experiment. But I don't recommend spending any money on it.

Next, it depends on what kind of equipment you have. If you have expensive amps and speakers, you can probably afford to bi-wire and it certainly won't do any harm, and with very expensive detailed and revealing equipment, it might even help.

But for consumer grade equipment, I think it is a waste. Just get decent sized decent quality speaker wire and you will be fine. (AWG 14ga (2.04mm²) or 2.5mm² of real speaker wire)

Also, can you explain why you need one 8.5 meter (28 feet) and one 11 meter wire (36 feet)? That seems unlikely, so we/I assume there is something you are not telling us.

Steve/bluewizard
 

mwdynamics

Standard Member
its to go up both sides of my living room
ive got no wire so thought bi wire would be a good way to go. so you recon i should just stick to standard 2 wire speaker wire?
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Are these Rear speakers or main speakers? Again, we/I assumed the wires would run along the side of the wall, but why do much distance between the amp and the speakers?

However, assuming 14ga or 2.5mm² wire, you are probably safe up to 50 feet. For a variety of reason, it is not recommended to run speaker wire more than 50 feet. However, we also don't want to run any more speaker wire than we have to. If that is your situation, then you just live with it. But, it does seem odd that the amp is that far from the speakers, or that there are no alternative arrangements.

But, again, are these rear surrounds or are the main front speakers? We can't know what you don't tell us.

Steve/bluewizard
 

mwdynamics

Standard Member
they will be for rear surrounds. Im stuck with a long lounge and the sofa is near the back of the room hence with the rear speakers they need to be at the back of the room giving such a long run against the side of the wall
 

Wilseus

Novice Member
If you current wire is in good shape, then it should get the job done nicely. Spend more if you want, but it is not necessary. I believe the Anniversary Wire is silver plated, so if it is not tarnished or discolored, you are good to go.
If I recall correctly, even if the silver is tarnished it'll be fine as silver oxide is also an extremely good conductor.
 

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