Short connections to speakers or amps?

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  1. Mike H

    Mike H Stunt Coordinator

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    I was wondering if it would make sense to have longer connections between the pre-pro to a amp sitting next to the speaker, or have longer runs of speaker cable from the same amp to the speaker, with the connection between the amp and the pre-pro being shorter.

    Mike
     
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    My preference would be to keep the speaker connection as short as possible assuming that we are not talking about extremely long distances (e.g. 100 ft.) with the other connections.
     
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    I would agree with Phil. Keep your speaker wire connections as short as possible, and go with lengthier IC's from pre to amp.
     
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    One of the "names" in high-end audio, Dunlevy, tries to never have a speaker wire more than about 8 feet long.

    A long run of wire, carrying watts of power becomes a transmission line - (think of an antenna)

    Many of the issues disappear when running line-level (un-amplified) signals over a long run of coax.

    So an ideal system runs coax to near each speaker, and a mono-block amp for the short jump to the speaker itself.

    Hope this helps.
     

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