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I don't know anything about wires. I have a Yamaha v373 + Jamo 426 + Kef C4 SW... yes toy speakers for most of you, but still I want to get the best out of them... so.. I bought these wires only because they were the only ones available at the store... and for subwoofer I bought a crappy regular RCA cable...

Please could you advice me if I should buy different cables and which ones?

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I don't know anything about wires. I have a Yamaha v373 + Jamo 426 + Kef C4 SW... yes toy speakers for most of you, but still I want to get the best out of them... so.. I bought these wires only because they were the only ones available at the store... and for subwoofer I bought a crappy regular RCA cable...

Please could you advice me if I should buy different cables and which ones?

Those wires are 2 channel shielded cable for making RCA cables.

You want wire like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2747

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Those wires are 2 channel shielded cable for making RCA cables.

You want wire like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2747


Thanks for your quick reply.

One question, how does my current wires are impacting on the sound according to my setup?
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Any wires will work.  As long as the copper wire is complete.

 

Some use electrical wire form their local home improvement store.

 

However, most use speaker wire.

 

The gauge and the length are the most important factors.  Followed next, by shielding.  Lastly, colour(which has no bearing on performance, just placement).

 

Somewhere, there is a super-duper link to an online article regarding speaker wire length vs gauge.  However, for the life of me, I am currently unable to locate it.  I am sure that someone else here will provide the link.

 

With all of that said.  What is your end goal?  The wires provided will work, but not as effective, as speaker wires would.

 

 

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I don't know anything about wires. I have a Yamaha v373 + Jamo 426 + Kef C4 SW... yes toy speakers for most of you, but still I want to get the best out of them... so.. I bought these wires only because they were the only ones available at the store... and for subwoofer I bought a crappy regular RCA cable...

Please could you advice me if I should buy different cables and which ones?

Thakn you
It doesn't matter what anybody suggest-if those are the only ones available.

But since you have those-here is a way to make the "most" out of them.

On each of the "sections", strip it back so that the shield and inner conductor (red and white cables) are stripped. THen wrap both the inner conductor and the shield together (of each "section"). Now you have 2 conductors that are quite a bit larger than if they were individual.

Hook it up and see if it works for you. I bet it will.

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Those wires are 2 channel shielded cable for making RCA cables.
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Shielded? I must be blind;) I see a red coat over one and white over the other both inside a thicker black insulation. But, it wouldn't be the first time being blind.wink.gif
Good thing it is not a permanent issue.biggrin.gif
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The first thing you go blind in is the eyes.
The wires that are the shield surround the red and white cover that surround the wires in the core.
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I finally bought the ones that arnyk suggested. They were more expensive but oh well.. Thank you all!
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Those wires are 2 channel shielded cable for making RCA cables.

You want wire like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2747


Thanks for your quick reply.

One question, how does my current wires are impacting on the sound according to my setup?


Depending on how you strip and connect those wires, you have the effect of speaker cables that are something like 20 gauge wire. In short lengths like 3 feet, they may not even cause any audible problems. If the speaker cables are more like 20 feet long, wire that thin could cause some audible coloration and loss.

Good speaker cable is cheap compared to most other audio components when bought as a commodity item (the Monoprice cable I recommended is under $15 for 50 feet which is a lifetime supply for many people) so overkilling the application is no big deal.
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