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Old 03-25-2013, 08:19 AM - Thread Starter
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looking to buy some speaker cable for my theater system

i have some no name 14 awg speaker cable now i would like to switch to a better brand and easier plug in's

im runing a yamah rx a2000 reciever and bower and wilkins 683 and htm61 speakers

i was looking at these
http://www.ramelectronics.net/Canare-4S11.aspx

or these
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=181-605



or any sugestions for budget minded cables ?

also what is the best connectors ? banana plugs or spades ?

i was thinking spades for the reciever due to space confinements ?

any sugestions or idea would help,

thanks guys
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IMO, the Dayton's look better, are cheaper, and will sound just as good. Not a bad choice if you don't want to make your own cables, they will be visible in your room, and you want something that is finished off better than plain bare wire.

If you're in the diy mood, you can always just order bulk wire from PE or monoprice or your local hardware store (whichever is cheaper when accounting for tax and shipping for the amount you need), connectors and/or wire cover/techflex type pretty stuff from PE and similar.

As for connector types, I like bare wire but it can be a pain at the AVR end. Spades IMO make a more secure connection, but I think it is partially dependent on AVR configuration and specific connectors as to what is secure and convenient, and largely a matter of personal preference.

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i prefer just buy them already made and plug and play, i only need about 6 feet to the speakers minmum and 3 feet to the center,

i have bare wire not it can be a pain indeed,


i was looking at this set
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121002546643?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

6 feet long bi-wired, "not that it makes much of a difference but lower awg i think"
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Originally Posted by solarg37 View Post

looking to buy some speaker cable for my theater system

i have some no name 14 awg speaker cable now i would like to switch to a better brand and easier plug in's

im runing a yamah rx a2000 reciever and bower and wilkins 683 and htm61 speakers

i was looking at these
http://www.ramelectronics.net/Canare-4S11.aspx

You are paying for those WBT connectors which are great audio jewelry.

As long as you understand that they are about appearance, not sound quality, enjoy!

IMO, more reasonable.

Other sources:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239

http://www.speakerrepair.com/page/category/AGG_Speaker_Cables.html

http://sewelldirect.com/Silverback-Speaker-Wire-by-Sewell-Enhanced-Loud-Oxygen-Free-Pure-Copper-259-Strand-Count-6-ft-Terminated.asp?gclid=CMDHpKmMmLYCFckx4AodRTYA7g

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or any suggestions for budget minded cables ?

12 or 14 gauge stranded 2-conductor low voltage cable or even extension cord cable from your local hardware store or big-box home improvement store.
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also what is the best connectors ? banana plugs or spades ?

Depends on how you define "best", Bananas are the probably the most convenient but can loosen and pull out. Spades are harder to use and can't work in some tight situations but are less likely to pull out on their own.

Most speakers and amps are designed to accept stripped wires, which are harder to use and avoid shorts, but can be the most reliable if done well.
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i was thinking spades for the receiver due to space confinements ?

One advantage - don't make the AVR any deeper. But they may not fit if the terminals are too tightly packed.

If your receiver has clip-style speaker terminals you are going to have to use bare wire or speaker tips:

http://www.showmecables.com/product/Speaker-Tip-Connectors-Metal-Gold-Balck.aspx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882125457

Remember this discussion is about appearance and convenience, not audible differences in sound quality. Of course nothing hurts sound quality like a bad connection!
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thanks you for all the great information,

looking into those options also

maybe ill just do bare wire again


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You are paying for those WBT connectors which are great audio jewelry.

As long as you understand that they are about appearance, not sound quality, enjoy!
IMO, more reasonable.

Other sources:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239

http://www.speakerrepair.com/page/category/AGG_Speaker_Cables.html

http://sewelldirect.com/Silverback-Speaker-Wire-by-Sewell-Enhanced-Loud-Oxygen-Free-Pure-Copper-259-Strand-Count-6-ft-Terminated.asp?gclid=CMDHpKmMmLYCFckx4AodRTYA7g
12 or 14 gauge stranded 2-conductor low voltage cable or even extension cord cable from your local hardware store or big-box home improvement store.
Depends on how you define "best", Bananas are the probably the most convenient but can loosen and pull out. Spades are harder to use and can't work in some tight situations but are less likely to pull out on their own.

Most speakers and amps are designed to accept stripped wires, which are harder to use and avoid shorts, but can be the most reliable if done well.
One advantage - don't make the AVR any deeper. But they may not fit if the terminals are too tightly packed.

If your receiver has clip-style speaker terminals you are going to have to use bare wire or speaker tips:

http://www.showmecables.com/product/Speaker-Tip-Connectors-Metal-Gold-Balck.aspx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882125457

Remember this discussion is about appearance and convenience, not audible differences in sound quality. Of course nothing hurts sound quality like a bad connection!
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