need help on choosing cables

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by David Cheng, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. David Cheng

    David Cheng Auditioning

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    hi, after reading many reviews on how my Onkyo home theatre is in desperate need of new cables (the stock ones aren't very good apparently) i've begun to look at some cables. but i don't really know what i'm looking at so i figure i'd turn to the pros! (that's you. [​IMG])

    i want to buy 3 things:
    1) subwoofer cable
    2) speaker wire connectors
    3) speaker wires

    for the subwoofer cable i am looking at:
    Acoustic Research HT152 PRO SERIES SUBW CABLE 12FT for 15 dollars

    for the speaker wire connectors i am looking at:
    Acoustic Research HT405 PRO 24KT COMPRESSION PINS 2PR for 3 dollars

    for the speaker wire i'm kind of stuck; deciding between
    1) IXOS 6007P 15GA SPEAKER WIRE (0.70/ft)
    2) IXOS 603 13GA SUPERSTRAND SPK WIRE (0.55/ft)
    3) 4-Conductor Speaker Cable by Canare (16 awg) (0.41/ft)

    it would really help me out if you guys can give me some pointers! thanks!

    - david
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    The sub cable sounds fine. Also something that'd work would be a length of preterminated video cable and then you add some RCA-F connectors. Unless you're running something like 100 feet of wire, any of your speaker wire choices will result in inaudible differences. Pick one based upon price or looks or phase of the moon or get some 12 gauge at HD for prices around 0.35 or so a foot. Really it's a non-issue.
     
  3. David Cheng

    David Cheng Auditioning

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    thanks for the speedy reply. should i be concerned with the quality of a Home Depot speaker wire vs. a professional grade one?
     
  4. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    You know, the prices are so close really, that you ought to go with what satisfies your worries. for the distances you're talking about the gauge thing is not even an issue. I'd posted some stuff about this a couple of days ago. expand the # of days at the bottom and read the post. it may be heresy, but audibly speaking, wire is wire.
     

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