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Question Speaker Cable/Wire Recommendations

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Curious if any of you had recommendations for specific brands and gauge of speaker cables. Any other qualities or characteristics I should be considering?

Also looking for some banana plugs that are better than what Monoprice has to offer - just noticed mine have turned green and they're not even 6 months old. Or are lugs recommended above bananas?

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Search 'cable' and 'connectors'. You'll find enough reading to keep you busy for a month or two.
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Sewell Direct makes good plugs (check Amazon).
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Search 'cable' and 'connectors'. You'll find enough reading to keep you busy for a month or two.
I really need to make more use of that feature first before I post questions. I'm sure some of you are tired of hearing the same questions over and over.... lol
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Monoprice. Full stop. No need to spend any more, and they have high quality stuff in various guages.
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Monoprice, or if you want a bit more quality Blue Jeans Cables.
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Monoprice, or if you want a bit more quality Blue Jeans Cables.
IDK about monoprice. I've bought tons of products from them and 90% of things are purchased from them are cheaply made crap. Blue Jeans cable, however, I've been interested in trying out. I think I finally will.
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IDK about monoprice. I've bought tons of products from them and 90% of things are purchased from them are cheaply made crap. Blue Jeans cable, however, I've been interested in trying out. I think I finally will.
Check out this Ebay seller. Ships directly from China, which is the reason for the good prices: http://stores.ebay.com/ghentaudio/RC...sub=7196177010
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Monoprice, or if you want a bit more quality Blue Jeans Cables.
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IDK about monoprice. I've bought tons of products from them and 90% of things are purchased from them are cheaply made crap. Blue Jeans cable, however, I've been interested in trying out. I think I finally will.
+1 - I agree that there is better quality wire available than the stuff at Monoprice for not much more money - I suggest the 12AWG Belden speaker wire sold at Blue Jeans Cable as well as their locking banana connectors. Their connectors can also be welded to the wire (not soldered) for a few extra dollars for a superior termination.

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IDK about monoprice. I've bought tons of products from them and 90% of things are purchased from them are cheaply made crap. Blue Jeans cable, however, I've been interested in trying out. I think I finally will.
Go for it then, but monoprice wire is still... greater than 99.95% pure, oxygen-free bare copper wire. No much to go wrong with it. I've had some for years; hasn't turned green either.

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Go for it then, but monoprice wire is still... greater than 99.95% pure, oxygen-free bare copper wire. No much to go wrong with it. I've had some for years; hasn't turned green either.
I suppose there's no harm in trying the MP wires for a different set of speakers, I mean especially considering their price...

My MP banana plugs, only 5-6 months old, are already turning green.
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I usually order my wires from anywhere other than Monoprice. Nothing wrong with their wires, but I've had a few issues with their customer service and they've lost me as a customer and I'll never recommend them to anyone. I've had no problem finding good quality copper wires from ebay, Amazon and Parts Express for only a few dollars more than Monoprice.

As mentioned by others, their connectors are cheaply made and the quality (or lack thereof) is very evident. I have quite a few banana plugs/wall plate connectors and HDMI cables/HDMI wall plate couplers that have failed or were DOA. I'm just waiting to replace them all before I contact their customer support to see if they'll honor their lifetime warranty on their products.
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I usually order my wires from anywhere other than Monoprice. Nothing wrong with their wires, but I've had a few issues with their customer service and they've lost me as a customer and I'll never recommend them to anyone. I've had no problem finding good quality copper wires from ebay, Amazon and Parts Express for only a few dollars more than Monoprice.

As mentioned by others, their connectors are cheaply made and the quality (or lack thereof) is very evident. I have quite a few banana plugs/wall plate connectors and HDMI cables/HDMI wall plate couplers that have failed or were DOA. I'm just waiting to replace them all before I contact their customer support to see if they'll honor their lifetime warranty on their products.
I had a problem with a cable failure, and then another problem with customer service. So for other than speaker wire, I like to look for other options. KabelDirekt (via Amazon) has been good so far.

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Blue Jeans Cables have nice speaker wires for the DIY crowd.

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I still suggest 12AWG wire - best trade off between low cost and low resistance for runs less than 25ft. Also, don't worry about bi-wiring - as with passive bi-amping you aren't going to be able to hear any benefit.

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I still suggest 12AWG wire - best trade off between low cost and low resistance for runs less than 25ft.
For a run of less than 25ft and power output up to 100w/ch there's absolutely nothing to be gained by using larger than 18ga. wire. With four ohm speakers 25ft of 18ga. has an insertion loss of 0.66dB. With eight ohm speakers the insertion loss is 0.34dB. Anything less than 1.0dB is inaudible.
I'd go with 16ga. or 14ga. only because most connectors are sized to handle those better than 18ga, and because 16ga. will be comfortable with 250w/ch, 14ga. with 800w/ch , should you have a system that powerful.

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Found some great power cables for you. Mapleshade Clearviews:


Looks like they wrapped the bare copper in saran wrap. LOL

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Found some great power cables for you. Mapleshade Clearviews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkPPSCxpcxI

Looks like they wrapped the bare copper in saran wrap. LOL
What an odd combination of funny, yet disgusting all at the time.
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