Originally Posted by tvrgeek
RG8 comes in solid or stranded. Stranded is still pretty stiff though. Pigtails make termination easier.
I'm using Belden 8214 RG-8 coax; see my current post #84 in the "DIY Audio *analog* cables" thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&highlight=diy
It does not matter which lead is which. ( Speakers are pure push-pull AC)
I followed several actual electrical tests on wires over the years. Audio Amateur,
re RG-8 as speaker wire, it was mentioned in Audio Critic issue 16, which can be downloaded at www.theaudiocritic.com
There's a lot of useful stuff there, which is part 2 of 3.
Interconnectors is in issue 17, with write-in comments in 16, 17, and 18.
Aczel is roughly 83/84 now (assuming he's still alive), so I suggest you d/l all of it now, as well as the 3 recent html webzine writeups
Speaker Builder, etc. Found the excellent paper submitted to Audio Engineering Society in one of the anthologies. Pretty much says zip cord is darn good, just don't get really fat insulation as the inductance gos up with separation of the wires. RG8 or RG9 had significantly lower L and C, and as it is about 13 gauge, low R too.
Correct except for the gauge. Belden 8214 is roughly about 10.4 gauge for both the center conductor as well as the braid.
Kind of the best of all worlds.
Back when this mess started, a coworker ultra high end guy and I did some checking. He used to be an engineer at Gore; designed wire for a living. Our conclusion was 12 ga zip cord. As always, the shorter cable is the better cable. I ran out of coax and just use zip cord. I admit I used some Kimber for a while to protrect myself from a mobile 1000W CB radio that would get picked up in my cables. Blew a tweeter in my old Ditton's. The Kimber had some common mode resistantce. I solved the problem when I found the yahoo and pined his coax. So much for his illegal 1000W amp.
I fully accept that some cables make a difference. Yea, they do something wrong, and we are told by the salesman it is better. Same thing with high end amps. Method? Find all the ones that sound the same and buy the cheap one.
You need to think of speaker wire as part of a system, where one end of the system is the speaker and the speaker wire. And the other end of the system is the power amp.
The speaker wire together with the speaker, present a reactive load to the power amp.