Originally Posted by Nuance
Since we're on the subject of speaker wire, and since I've been asked this question numerous times, does anyone believe banana plugs degrade the sound quality?
No, but they can't enhance it either, nor will one sound any different than another.
i DO use 50ft speaker cables as my amp and speakers are on opposite ends of the room. any diff in moving amp up front near the speakers, then running 50ft inputs to preamp...?
50 ft is about the limit you want to go with speaker cables, not on account of gauge requirements, but because of capacitance and inductance. In pro-sound we typically have the mixing console 100 feet or more from the speakers, so we put the amps close to the speakers, and let the line level sends be the long cables, as they don't suffer from capacitance and inductance even at 500 foot runs. But another consideration is ground looping. In pro-sound all the sends are balanced, so there's never an issue with ground loops. In consumer audio most sends are unbalanced, so ground loops are a major concern. With a 50 foot speaker cable I'd be inclined to leave the amp where it is.