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Speaker cable experiment with my Stingray

 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4231
Registered: Feb-07
I know this post should go in the cables section, but no one ever looks there.

When I was working in my garage the other day, I found some very thing solid core copper wire. I had enough to create two 6' braided pairs to try out. Man, was I ever pleasantly surprised! Before I was using Home Depot 12AWG, but this thin wire (I'm guess 20-22AWG) seems so much more clear, responsive and transparent.

Maybe I'm hearing things? But I don't think so.
 

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Username: Stu_pitt

Irvington, New York USA

Post Number: 3974
Registered: May-05
Forget about brands, looks, prices, etc. It's all about the sound. If it works, it works. Everyone hears what they hear.

You can always dress it up with some Techflex, heat shrink, and some nice spades.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4233
Registered: Feb-07
Dressing them up is a good idea. I'm not feeling the need to upgrade cables right now.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15368
Registered: Dec-04
http://www.takefiveaudio.com/mall/default.asp
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4236
Registered: Feb-07
Noooooo..... no new cables!
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15372
Registered: Dec-04
That's where you can get the dress-up stuff, Dave.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4239
Registered: Feb-07
Ahh... gotcha.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4518
Registered: Feb-07
"I'm not feeling the need to upgrade cables right now."

I bought new cables.
 

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Username: Hawkbilly

Nova Scotia Canada

Post Number: 1138
Registered: Jul-07
LOL. It's like when an owner is asked if he's going to keep the coach. Today he says "I love the guy, he'll be here next year", then tomorrow he fires him.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4519
Registered: Feb-07
LOL.. yup, it's exactly like that ;-)
 

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Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 696
Registered: Oct-10
To know if you really want to know what sounds better to you, run one type of wire to one speaker and one to the other. As you listen move the balance to one side, then the other. Keep the wire that sounds better and lose the other one.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 15626
Registered: May-04
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You are forgetting the effects of the room on each speaker and the fact stereo channels are not identical not to mention moving the balance control will typically place you in a very off axis position relative to the speakers. You are also ignoring the concept of listening for anything other than "clear mids, tight bass and clean highs". I think there are more concise methods for selecting "better".


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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4520
Registered: Feb-07
My room is very unbalanced as well.
 

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Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 699
Registered: Oct-10
I've used that method many times Jan. It always worked out very well. Of course, this includes having the balance centered as well. In some cases, switching the wires between the two channels is involved. Yes, it means switching the wires at both the amp and the speakers, but it works.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 15628
Registered: May-04
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You get to listen to and for whatever you care to but I fail to see how this is a valid comparison of anything for the reasons I've stated above. If you're concerned with the music at all, this doesn't sound like it even takes the music into account. I'm sure you'll say it does but I simply don't know how it could. IMO this is like judging your preference for cofee or tea by putting one cup in each hand and deciding which cup feels hotter. It misses every major point of logic I can imagine.


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Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 705
Registered: Oct-10
ROTFL Jan! I won't argue my point since obviously all we can do is disagree. It works for me and it might work for David, nuff said.

Which coffee cup is hotter? Do you work with a lot of blonds? You don't sit down to a computer at work and find the screen covered with white out do you?
 

Gold Member
Username: Stu_pitt

Stamford, Connecticut USA

Post Number: 4218
Registered: May-05
What cables did you buy, David?
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4528
Registered: Feb-07
There's a guy here in Ottawa who makes cables. He hand delivered them to my house the same day I ordered them. Good dude....

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/userads.php?user_id=141
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15623
Registered: Dec-04
Which cables did you get from Omer, Dave?
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4529
Registered: Feb-07
Unity 12 AWG, terminated with bananas on both ends, thick black braid on them... very nice looking cables.
 

Silver Member
Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 802
Registered: Oct-10
So what's better Dave, the wires you found or the ones you just bought?
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4531
Registered: Feb-07
The ones I bought. But that's probably only cause I know I spent 100 bucks on them.
 

Silver Member
Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 812
Registered: Oct-10
It's only a perception, don't let it die, keep it alive!
 

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Username: Stu_pitt

Stamford, Connecticut USA

Post Number: 4222
Registered: May-05
Trust your ears, David. You've been at this game long enough to know when something works well or not.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4538
Registered: Feb-07
Thanks for the vote of confidence Stu. I am a cynic at heart, which I guess sometimes makes it hard to enjoy new gear without over-analyzing it too much.
 

Gold Member
Username: Stu_pitt

Stamford, Connecticut USA

Post Number: 4224
Registered: May-05
I know exactly what you mean.
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