speaker cables & connectors

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by 500magnum, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. 500magnum

    500magnum Auditioning

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    Could someone give me some much needed help.I'm thinking about upgrading my cables and connectors.Some people say they make a huge difference,others say they don't and laugh at people who pay big $$$ on them.I'm just using large gauge coppr speaker cable and braide connecters.Spent about $150 combined.I went to a site,audiogon,and I could'nt beleive the prices you can spend.I was thinking about products called anti-cables and anti-connecters.Can anyone give me the right answers?Thank you.
     
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    Echo42987 Stunt Coordinator

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    If all you want to do is change out your speaker cables....then don't do it, it's a waste. You won't hear an audible difference between the two.

    -Nick-
     
  3. Craig

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    I'm not a big believer in spending big dollars on speaker wire or connectors, I just ended up using regular speaker cable I found at Radio Shack along with the Radio Shack Gold bananna plugs (which are excellent plugs btw).

    I have been reading up a little on HDMI cables, and it does appear that for longer runs, over 20 or 30 feet, you do have to pay more to get top performance, although you still don't have to spend really big bucks (just avoid the real cheapies). However, on shorter runs for HDMI, it looks like even the cheaper cables work well.

    It's just a hobby, do what makes you happy. Some people spend a lot for small items on cars, boats or other things, if buying expensive speaker wire makes you happier with your HT setup, then go for it.
     
  4. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

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    IMHO, if you spend more than 10% of the value of your components on wiring/interconnects, you are spending way too much. The only improvement you will get from "upgrading" your cables is getting to say you "upgraded". If that's what you want, then go for it. But I doubt you will receive any improvements above that of the placebo effect.

    By the way, me being interested in the marketing of complete BS, what exactly are "anti-cables" and "anti-connectors"? Do they have anything to do with "anti-science"? [​IMG]
     
  5. 500magnum

    500magnum Auditioning

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    anti-cables and anti-connecters are ones that are very,very thin.Like a single wire.There's a lot of talk about them on audiogon under cable section,and in the forum.People either say they love them,up to switching from the're big $$$ cables or they hate them .No in betweens.You should ck out them at audiogon.Interesting concept.
     
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    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

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    No thanks. I try to stay out of that stuff. Too much BS being thrown around.
     
  7. 500magnum

    500magnum Auditioning

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    Good to know,I'm very new,know next to nothhing about real hi-fi,and don't know the good,the bad,and the ugly.
     
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    beetle_slayer Auditioning

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    I think you should have good quality connector and wires--build quality. I mean connectors that don't fall apart or cable that breaks inside the insulation. There are several websites selling cable--I bought some shorter hdmi cables and audio cables to help clean up the wire nest. I bought 10 cables and it was around $40 shipped. My boss just bought a nice dvd player for $100 and spent $125 for the Monster HDMI cable. Go figure!
     

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