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What good quality audio cables for listening music?
Old 8th August 2018
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Gear Maniac
What good quality audio cables for listening music?

Hi,

I have a set of B&W DM110i speakers.... now currently have some cheap audio cables (thin) hooked them up to my amp. Wondering what would be good quality thick audio cables for this setup?
I am into analog vinyl listening and also planning to buy a set of DM330i's.

This is my AMP : JVC Stereo REceiver RX 6001RGD


I have very sensitive ears!


Someone told me about getting 'banana plugs'?


Old 8th August 2018
  #2
i just recently wired the home stereo with:
KnuKonceptz Kord Kable 10 Gauge Copper Speaker Wire
It was about $1 a foot on amazon, build quality is good, it's made of so-called "oxygen-free" copper, the jacket's not the type that degrades and becomes sticky after a few years, and it sounds fine with my B&Ws. I'm of the camp that believes that properly specified, decently made cables are the way to go.

The other question is the cable length. The longer the cable run, the larger diameter cable you need (aka a lower gauge number). If you're running under 25', even the 10 gauge cable I mentioned above is overkill (12 would have been fine), but won't hurt.
Old 9th August 2018
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Don't fall for the oxygen free marketing hype guys.... All copper used in the conduction of electrical signals including power cables are 99.90% oxygen free.
Old 9th August 2018
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Don't fall for the oxygen free marketing hype guys.... All copper used in the conduction of electrical signals including power cables are 99.90% oxygen free.
that's why I said "so called oxygen-free"
I will say, though, that some of the lamp cord you get at hardware stores, as well as most of the cheapo RCA cables and such, sometimes contains a pretty low amount of copper material; at least the "OFC" stuff is likely to be copper!
Old 10th August 2018
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Just get pure copper 12 or 14 gauge wire depending on length needed with 50 to 60 strands or so and forget the banana plugs, all they can do is degrade the sound, use a hard wired direct connection. If you go to a audio store get Audioquest 14 gauge from the spool wire a bit less than 2 bucks a foot and you're all set.
Old 11th August 2018
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I live in the netherlands, will soon place a picture of my audio setup!
Old 11th August 2018
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A picture won.t be needed.
Old 11th August 2018
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My amplifier will simply not output anything at all if the speaker cables cost less than one dollar per foot. Somehow it knows.

Last edited by Bushman; 11th August 2018 at 10:46 PM.. Reason: Space (not the final frontier)
Old 11th August 2018
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I use this with my passive ATCs:

DCSk HiFi Loud Speaker Cable transparent - AWG: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Seems to have gone up since I last bought a reel, it was £1.50/m. Honestly you can use mains cable of similar gauge but it gets boring explaining to people why its at least as good as boutique cables.
Old 13th September 2018
  #10
Gear Maniac
Here is my stereo set



Old 13th September 2018
  #11
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I won't show my stereo set, because I’m not sure about the legality of sharing such images.

Wait... What? In what world is “stereo set” NOT sexual innuendo?
Old 14th September 2018
  #12
Gear Maniac
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Originally Posted by Richard Crowley View Post
Picture(s) are not necessary, The only critical factors are:
1) What size is the wire you are using now?
2) What is the distance between your amplifier and your speakers?
Wire is about 3mm
Distance to speakers should be around 2 meters... but when i am gonna move in future will be bigger distance. 5 meters would be fine?
Old 14th September 2018
  #13
Gear Maniac
I Live in the Netherlands
Old 18th September 2018
  #14
Gear Maniac
Hmm, those links shown here are with shipping to UK or USA. I live in the Netherlands. Can't seem to find them in my country
Old 18th September 2018
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DCSk is made in Germany so you shouldnt have too much trouble finding it, or just order from UK and have it shipped to Holland?
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