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Topic # 202013 13-Sep-2016 18:38
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OK, so gradually unboxing my new toys and setting it all up:

Marantz SR5010 amp
B&W 685 fronts, 686 rears and HTM62 centre.

Based on this equipment, can someone in the know recommend what size speaker wire I should be using?

The guy at Smiths City today recommended a Pudney cable but when I got it home it looks woefully inadequate- I am pretty sure he only recommended it as it was the biggest they had in stock. I only went there cos it was my lunch break and it was close to work.

I prefer not to go to somewhere like Harvey Norman as they will just try to sell me the stuff with the biggest mark-up...

Not looking to spend a fortune but I'm not cheap either - I just want something middle of the road that will do justice to all the money I just spent lol.




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  Reply # 1628813 13-Sep-2016 18:41
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order it from surplustronics - Im using some 1.5mm2 stuff which is more than adequate.

 

 

 

https://surplustronics.co.nz/products/7865-speaker-cable-kit-2-x-15mm

 

 





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  Reply # 1629112 14-Sep-2016 09:58
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Just have a look at the cable you buy (in person, not on-line as the pics don't always show what you're getting) and make sure it's not a copper / alloy mix. Shonky manufacturers will save money by reducing the amount of (relatively) expensive copper content and substituting in alloy. This leads to a cable that 'greens' / corrodes, and in the process changes the ability for the cable to deliver the signal to the speaker.

 

 

 

So basically, cheap cable can be a crap-shoot unless you get to eye-ball it first.

 

 


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  Reply # 1629117 14-Sep-2016 10:05
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Wheelbarrow01: The guy at Smiths City today recommended a Pudney cable but when I got it home it looks woefully inadequate

 

What's the cross section of copper? I would say as long as it is a reasonable quality copper cable, it will be just fine.

 

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/threads/speakers-when-is-good-enough-enough.2512/page-2#post-15412 < is good reading on speaker wire.  TL;DR: basically anything works perfectly fine


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  Reply # 1629148 14-Sep-2016 10:32
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Get 14 (over kill but if same price why not!) or 16 AWG wire from Bunnings or if someone resell stuff on monoprice on ebay.

Seriously, unless your system Setup is worth 100,000$ don't worry too much about the cables. Sub needs to be shielded however i mean the sub cable.




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  Reply # 1629152 14-Sep-2016 10:42
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I can't remember what cable I used when I built up my system years ago (10), but the advice I got was not to skimp on cable.

 

When I built my system, (Originally Marantz SR5400 AV Receiver, Marantz DV4300 DVD, Marantz CC4300 5 disc CD all going to Mission speakers M35 Fronts, M30 Rears and M3C1 centre) cable came in at about 10% of the total cost.

 

The Receiver and DVD player have long since being replaced, but the speakers and cable have stayed the same


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  Reply # 1630589 15-Sep-2016 01:04
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joker97:Seriously, unless your system Setup is worth 100,000$ don't worry too much about the cables. Sub needs to be shielded however i mean the sub cable.

 

need, no, recommended yes. Depends on where the cable runs


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  Reply # 1630631 15-Sep-2016 08:38
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I went from using very expensive cables on my Polk LS90's, to using TPS cable, and there was no noticeable difference. I sold the big monster cables, and stayed with the $1.50/meter mains cabling. If I were to do it again, it would be a trip down to Cory's to get more mains cabling.


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  Reply # 1644192 2-Oct-2016 15:33
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After much research, I decided I didn't want three cable to be the weak link in my setup, and it's something I'll keep forever and no need to change/upgrade.

I got my speaker and sub cable from the below:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/indexmob.htm

Very thick & good quality

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  Reply # 1644194 2-Oct-2016 15:44
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I seem to remember an audio experiment where they compared some very expensive brand name speaker cable to an unbent coat hanger and there was no appreciable difference. A lot of the hype is probably just marketing bullsh!t.


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  Reply # 1644286 2-Oct-2016 17:35
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It's just a way to make more money for the Hi-Fi asylum peddlers. But if it makes you feel good - then by all means waste your money.

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  Reply # 1644287 2-Oct-2016 17:37
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Spend your money on the terminations on speaker wire, that is where things go wrong with the crap terminals on most gear.





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  Reply # 1644292 2-Oct-2016 17:48
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DarthKermit:

 

I seem to remember an audio experiment where they compared some very expensive brand name speaker cable to an unbent coat hanger and there was no appreciable difference. A lot of the hype is probably just marketing bullsh!t.

 

 

The unbent coat hanger probably sounded OK because it was thick wire, and was very short.  wink

 

For anything longer than a coat hanger, I would recommend thick braided pure copper wire with good quality terminations.

 

Yes, there is a lot of BS in high-end audio, but good cables do make an audible difference with a good system, specially with long cable runs &/or low impedance loudspeakers.

 

DISCLOSURE:  My audio system cost more than my new car.  I like it that way.  Cars are a waste of money.  tongue-out

 

 





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  Reply # 1644363 2-Oct-2016 20:17
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+1 for "Spearsniper".

 

I did exactly the same, sold the big-name brand multi-strand stuff and went to TPS.

 

Did a fair bit of reading and research and listening on lower end stereo systems

 

Seemed much smoother to my ears on my old Polk speakers.


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  Reply # 1644593 3-Oct-2016 11:00
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33coupe: After much research, I decided I didn't want three cable to be the weak link in my setup, and it's something I'll keep forever and no need to change/upgrade.

I got my speaker and sub cable from the below:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/indexmob.htm

Very thick & good quality

 

I did the same about three years ago, as I needed to wire the 7.1 system in the external HT, as well as the two outdoor speakers under the HT's veranda - buying that much decent-quality cable was expensive here, so I got it from the above site. (Also wanted a decent diameter cable, given it's a fair length by the time you get the cable to the rear surrounds.) I'm pretty sure they shipped directly to NZ, so no need to use YouShop or similar.

 

Would purchase from them again.


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