Longer Interconnect or Speaker Cable?

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  1. ColinM

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    I have the option of using a .5 meter mono sub IC for the amp, which would force me to run 25 feet of the Home Depot 12 Ga speaker wire, OR I can run a 6 meter Ixos bronze mono sub IC and just a couple of feet (+/-) of the 12 Ga.

    What are the tradeoffs?

    My thinking is to run shorter "amplified" signals. No reason, really, for thinking that, but it sounds good.

    Opinions?

    Thanks!
     
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    I think the general consensus is to run longer ICs, but I'm not sure of the reasoning behind that, and I think that depends on a lot of factors. Can your preamp drive a 6' interconnect? How much EMI/RFI do you have in your environment? I think those would be the basic deterrents to longer interconnects.
     
  3. Mark Rich

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    Price wise you are better off running longer speaker cables.

    I have tried both longer IC and longer speaker cable for center channel aplication and cannot notice any noticeable differance so take your pick. I ended up using a loner IC but that was more a conveniance factor rather than based on audio performance. Dont think the average Pre/Pro or AVR would have trouble with a 6 foot IC.
     
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    It probably doesn't matter, anyway. This is home theater, not some underground lab. Or is it?? I think I'll keep the amp in the rack and run the 25 foot speaker cable. Mono subs' distortion from this type of A/B comparision is probably miniscule.
    Thanks, guys, for the replies.
    Keep them coming, though, if there's something I should know...
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  5. Saurav

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    You're right, for a subwoofer it's practically irrelevant. I hadn't thought about that.
     

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