|Originally posted by drunkpenguin
You're trying to convince someone to learn a brand new skill, take some time to master it, to simply extend a speaker wire 6 inches. Thats just ridiculous when there is no advantage in this case. Unless he has a 5 year old who plans on picking up the speaker and moving it every few minutes, its probably not needed. I solder myself once in a while, but to simply extend a low power speaker wire 6 inches is completely unessessary. So I figured I would be the one, since none of you were doing it, to save the poor guy all the time and trouble.
OK, I was going to let this go until you came back with THAT.
1. Whether you tug on the wires or not, tape - over time - will degrade. Black electrical tape will NOT last forever. That is a fact. I have been using it for over 20 years.
2. If your environment has any degree of humidity or moisture it will facilitate the breakdown of the tape and expose the wires to corrosion. This will eventually lead to signal loss and indeed you WILL hear a difference.
3. Once the tape breaks down and the wires corrode you will have to do it again. This WILL happen, it's just a matter of time. So why do it half ass and worry about it when you can do it right and it's done with.
4. This may seem like rocket science to YOU, but any individual with average intelligence can buy a soldering kit, read the instructions and make a fine connection in a matter of minutes. It is a skill worth having as there are many scenerios where tape alone is not possible and a soldering kit is a useful thing to have.
There are lots of people that will settle for just taping wires together. These are the same kind of people that use glue and tape for everything they can instead of doing it right. I am a strong proponent of doing things CORRECTLY the first time, and not having to deal with the consequences of band-aid type repairs.
Do it right man, you won't be disappointed.