Speakon Speaker cable Suggestions?

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  1. David*RT

    David*RT Stunt Coordinator

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    I bought an amp that ONLY accepts Speakon connectors.

    Are there any recommendations for cable mfgrs. who make an audiophile quality speaker cable?

    Thanks!
     
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    My Rel subs use that connection and I make my own stuff. I know of a small company based in VA that I believe has dealers in VA and IL that makes upgraded Rel cables and they probably could make something for you, Empircal Design. I think there are a couple of reviews of their stuff at Audio Review under 'ED Omniwire.' It is possible that places that sell the connector like www.markertek.com or www.haveinc.com may make-up cables using those too. I'm not sure what type of quality you are looking for. Speakers cables come in all price ranges. If you can't find anything, I would not want you to be unable to use the amp and drop me an E-Mail. I would assume it takes the NL4FC (4-pole) connector.
     
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    David, the places I noted distribute the connectors. If you have cable you are happy with you can just reterminate one end with the connector too. The 4-pole connector has 4 screws that clamp onto the wire, 2 are positve (1+ and 2+) and 2 are negative (1- and 2-) so if you have speaker wire that has a positive and negative you just need to attach it to an appropriate terminal if you have 4-conductor wire you can just attach 2 of the conductors to the + and 2 to the -.
     
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    Phil, I also own a Rel sub and have been considering purchasing a BFD to better EQ it with my horrible room acoustics. The problem, the neutrik speakon connector.
    I'm not a DIY cable guy so what do you think my options are, as far as using an EQ with a Rel sub? [​IMG]
    Edit: forgot to say, I do not want to use line-level connection, I use the Rel for 2 channel only and I don't want to DSP the analog signal, I just want to EQ the bass info. My speakon conn. has only 3 wires, red, black, yellow.
    They connect directly to the back of my 2 channel amp.
     
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    Frank, not sure what BFD is or why you feel you need to EQ the bass but I guess you could put an equalizer between the preamp and power amp and only adjust the bass frequencies, leaving the rest of them flat. I used an RTA plus test discs to look at the problems in my room and I have 2 tube traps, one super trap, and another type of trap made by www.acousticsfirst.com (barrel shaped diffuser which depending on the size help centered on specific frequencies - can make you own too with thin sheets of masonite and fabric). I just picked up a couple of tube traps from the bedroom system from an estate sale and I guess in a week or so I'll pop the real time analyzer in and drive myself crazy in there. Not sure where you are located, they have more tube traps for sale w/o boxes and not sure if they can ship, but they would be a great deal (I was good and did not buy them for the future basement system).
    So that everyone knows I'm a CL (certified lunatic - please send yor spare straight jackets) when it comes to this stuff, I have 4 Rels in my main system. 2 Storm IIIs which operate in stereo on music or distributed ".1" on movies, a Q150 on the center and a Strata III on the rears. The center and rear subs are naturally just hooked-up via the Speakon connection (with of course non-stock wires). I'm trying to be very good (and might need to take some Dos Equis medicine in a few minutes to remain that way) since they have a Storm (not a III, just a Storm) at the estate sale and not buy it for the bedroom (where I currently have a Sunfire, Jr.) and use the bedroom sub on my center when I finish the basement. I already have a Phase Technology Octave 1.0 waiting for the basement system. I've had subs in my systems long before Home Theater (e.g. Dahlquist with the Dahlquist elect. crossover, et. al.).
     

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