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post #1 of 117
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I will be buying m&k s-150 speakers with a b&K component. I am wondering what you all use for thx sound for speaker cable? I was thinking about the monster thx 14/2 stranded. i have also heard to buy something with a solid wire. I just wonder what wire everyone is using for their thx cert. systems. I have the opportunity to buy a solid speaker cable at 18 awg but not certified. I just am wondering if I should use the stranded or solid. If solid is the best to go where can I get solid for around 60.00 for about 100 ft. I like the audioquest but way to expensive. thanks!
post #2 of 117
14ga. speaker wire from Monoprice.com will work just fine.
post #3 of 117
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

14ga. speaker wire from Monoprice.com will work just fine.
+1. You can spend a thousand times as much and it won't make any difference in the sound.
post #4 of 117
Yes ignore first 2 posts though everyone's entitled to their own (wrong)opinion.

as an installer I use audioquest type 4 ,
For my own hometheater and certain clients that can spend $7 per ft for at least your fronts.
I use flex 14/2 for rears by audioquest.


Google aq type4 on audioreview.com

Both sound excellent ,
No idea why people here sound like trolls when anyone wants to spend a bit on cables here on the site.(sponsors who knows)
Besides that this site rox!


Crappy contractor grade speaker wire always gets replaced when I'm around.

Way superior .


Just compare yourself,
You'll see.
post #5 of 117
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

14ga. speaker wire from Monoprice.com will work just fine.
+2 Cables should be selected for their low impedance (some accept 10% of speaker impedance as a minimum, others 5%); nothing else effects sound (unless they are defective)

If you decide you want a pretty set (with banana plugs and cables sleeves and the like) I'd move you to PartsExpress; as many have reported problems with Monoprice Banana plugs not keeping a good hold in the hole.
post #6 of 117
+3 on 14 or 12 gauge cable. I bought it from monoprice.com, which is cheaper than any company in my town that sells speaker wire. I use this: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2817&seq=1&format=2, which is about $32 dollars + shipping for 100 FT roll.
post #7 of 117
You were right audioquest preferred
Obviously mono price sponsor here


14/2 is fine
Mono price too


But aq slip or flex 14/2 in a 50 or 100 ft roll
Not that much.
But does make a difference in sound.

Same with excellent audioquest chocalate hdmi.

Big difference sound and picture.
You can take that to the bank.

theaudioguy.ca
post #8 of 117
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... everyone's entitled to their own (wrong)opinion.
Funny you should say that... wink.gif
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Crappy contractor grade speaker wire always gets replaced when I'm around.
Hmmm...if it always happens when you're around, perhaps the wire isn't actually to blame... wink.gif

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Edited by eljaycanuck - 12/31/12 at 3:34pm
post #9 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

Big difference sound and picture.
You can take that to the bank.
You have that backwards.

First they take their money out of the bank. Then they give it to you for cables. Then they cross their fingers and hope that there's a big difference and that it's positive... which given the nature of a digital signal with a functional zero error rate is quite impossible.
post #10 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

Yes ignore first 2 posts though everyone's entitled to their own (wrong)opinion.
as an installer I use audioquest type 4 ,
For my own hometheater and certain clients that can spend $7 per ft for at least your fronts.
I use flex 14/2 for rears by audioquest.
Google aq type4 on audioreview.com
Both sound excellent ,
No idea why people here sound like trolls when anyone wants to spend a bit on cables here on the site.(sponsors who knows)
Besides that this site rox!
Crappy contractor grade speaker wire always gets replaced when I'm around.
Way superior .
Just compare yourself,
You'll see.

Instead of telling the guy to google why don't you explain to us how this wire makes a difference since you ARE the installer.



Anyways +3 on the monoprice recommendation.
post #11 of 117
post #12 of 117
I guess blu ray reviewer Ralph Potts on this forum another quack like me eh? (Wire world)

Or maybe your missing out.
post #13 of 117

Why don't you tell me how it makes a difference instead of user reviews biggrin.gif You're an installer, so persuade me to get them over monoprice wires. We all know how deceiving our ears can be:)
post #14 of 117
+4/+5 whatever - for the mono price cable.

I must be missing out too.
post #15 of 117
Somehow the wire gave him an extra 10hz of extension biggrin.gif
post #16 of 117
The higher price MUST excite the electrons into moving faster....
post #17 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

Ears Jerry unless your tone deaf.

That's it. I must me tone deaf. Nevermind that I have no problem telling speakers apart by sound. Never mind that I can track down room problems by ear. Never mind that those machines that measure tone don't hear it either. I must be tone deaf, and the man with the magic elixir must be right. Just look at all his loyal customers. A group of people can never be wrong.
post #18 of 117
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Originally Posted by ceh383 View Post

The higher price MUST excite the electrons into moving faster....

Probably can't say the same about the installer.
post #19 of 117
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

Probably can't say the same about the installer.

LOL...
post #20 of 117
Meh
post #21 of 117
Why Kevin what's wrong with user reviews?

Much more hands on then all the haters here that won't give any decent cable a shot.

Compare both then decide.
Why dismiss ..
But I do see add for mono below..
Hmmm


Believe me I have,

And hdmi's make a difference do .

I'm not a professor of .....theory
I just let my eyes and ears be the judge.

I try to use audioquest chocalate hdmi for short runs.
http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/tablet/detail.jsp?skuId=9515802&pid=1218123221012&tab=reviews

Forest for projectors
http://www.whathifi.com/review/audioquest-forest



Happy New Years guys
post #22 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post


audioquest preferred
monoprice sponsor here

No way, man.

Kimber Kable preferred
Dirt cheap cables sponsored here biggrin.gif

No difference in SQ.
post #23 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

You were right audioquest preferred
Same with excellent audioquest chocalate hdmi.
Big difference sound and picture.
You can take that to the bank.
theaudioguy.ca

Best post evah!! $100 for a 3' HDMI cord that will vastly improve your picture and sound. Who knew?
post #24 of 117
Well, many years ago my step-father told me quality speaker wire is the only way to go "you can hear the difference"
Being the smart a$$ I was, when they went on vacation I swapped out his "quality" speaker wire with plain old lamp cord.
6 months later I asked him how his stereo was sounding, he told me it was as good as ever....That's when I told him what I had done, and gave him back his wire...
He didn't bother to change it back.

As far as HDMI goes, it's digital, nothing but 1's & 0's....How is wire going to change that?
Is it going to change them to 1's & 0's?

Give me a break.....

I will admit tho, I am willing to pay a little more for better construction....
post #25 of 117
Really guys
Actual people with ears and cables that they tried then wrote a review on and compared
mean nothing to you?

Is it cost?

Thrifty maybe


Whatever...


I'm out
post #26 of 117
Ceh grab a 1 m audioquest choc and try it to compare ,

Turn contrast and brightness down a bit then let me know your findings.

If your too blind to notice a difference
I'll buy it off you no problem.
My word.






Have a good one
post #27 of 117
Sound for sure ceh.

That the first thing people notice.
2.5% silver.
post #28 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

Really guys
Actual people with ears and cables that they tried then wrote a review on and compared
mean nothing to you?
Is it cost?
Thrifty maybe
Whatever...
I'm out

When you buy expensive cables you have to hear a difference, otherwise they weren't worth it. After all, that $10 cable you use can't possibly as good as the $100 cable I use...
I pulled a blind test on my step-dad, he never noticed any difference. Actual people, real world...

Do blind testing if you really want to know....
post #29 of 117
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Originally Posted by vm8444 View Post

Ceh grab a 1 m audioquest choc and try it to compare ,
Turn contrast and brightness down a bit then let me know your findings.
If your too blind to notice a difference
I'll buy it off you no problem.
My word.
Have a good one

So, if someone disagrees with you there either to blind to see or tone def?

Awesome....LOL....

Again1's and 0's....
post #30 of 117
vm8444,

Do your work for a company or are you self employed? I'm trying to understand how you can stay in business offering people something that they do not need and won't make a difference.
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