Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47
Thank you good audio people for pointing me in the right direction. I like to do research on merchandise before making a purchase. A JL Audio specialist once told me that the best testing gear in the world for speaker calibration was your "Brain and Ear". But if you want to, you can purchase all those toys for room balance and other stuff as well.
Everybody has their biases and their axes to grind.
As far as "brain and ear" versus gear goes, AFAIK
nobody who is seriously engaged in the loudspeaker and system design businesses does it strictly based on his ears. If you can arrange a tour of JL audio's factory and see whether there is any audio test gear there. If there is (and of course there is!) ask them why they have invested so much money in inferior means for developing and testing speakers.
The big change is that you can set up an audio lab that cost $millions in the 1970s, $100,000s in the 1980s, and $10,000s in the 1990s for a few $100 this year.
I'll check out monoprice and bluejean cables. How about the Bettercables.com (Silver Serpent 2). They seem to be affordable and again have good reviews as well.
Look to me like $10 cables with 50 cents worth of shrink wrap and braid selling for about $50. ;-)
What troubles me is that my subwoofer is probably the most single expensive component in my system at $3,100.00 @ 1500 watts. Will it make that much of a difference in the type of cable to use for the LFE connection?
There are people who say crazy things like you should spend so many percent of the price of your components on cables.
Everyone has mixed reviews on cables and there pricing levels. That's why I joined AVS to meet real honest people that can lead me in the right direction. And to find out what cables, gear, speakers they are using and the results they have encountered.
In my old 5.1 system, I was using the cheap plain metal RCA connects that had copper stranded wire with a rubber protective sheath around it. And they seem to sound good. Now as I'm venturing into a 7.1 system with a seperate pre-amp and amp, people are pushing me towards the more expensive cables saying that they'll make a big difference in sound quality.
Shove back! ;-)
Which has made me more confused. A hundred dollar cable may sound good, but a five hundred cable will sound much better and so on and so on. It never seems to end.
Then theres the difference between copper and siver stranded cables for better sounds.
The true story about cables is short and sweet. The lies go on and on.
BTW copper versus silver? The real truth is that a 12 gauge copper wire carries audio just as good as a 13 gauge silver wire (for sepakers). The difference in conductivity is covered by making the wire one wire gauge larger. For interconnects conductivity is not much of an issue because the current is so low. Compare the price and choose!
So anyway, whether I purchase cables for my amp to pre-amp or subwoofer to my pre-amp, should I use the same cable model or is the subwoofer a total different animal?
A good audio cable is a good audio cable. If you are using RCA cables, use the same brand (or mixed brands, doesn't matter) from the CD player and turntable tone arm to the input of the power amp. The basic technical requirement is all the same!
Not being scammed by people who don't tell the truth about audio cables is my idea of good luck for the holidays!