Originally Posted by Ron Temple
Probably a sponser...though I do recommend picking bananas from Parts Express, just for ease of connection to the receiver at leastwww.bluejeanscables.com
(I think ?) has fairly inexpensive speaker wire and cables that are just fine. Personally, I use Home Depot 12 & 14g speaker wire without any complaints. The wire arguments and IC cable arguments from those pros and cons get heated. I don't want to go there.
Well, I'd just point out 2 things to people:
- What Ron decided to get for himself was regular wire. If it's good enough for Ron, it's good enough for everyone else in this thread.
- There's no question at all
that any money you spend on cables beyond the cost of regular wire would be better spent on pretty much anything else - speakers, receiver, etc. - if you want it to make your system sound better.
Remember that what you're buying isn't bettter sound, it's how the wires look, and convenience if they are pre-terminated (aka, have connectors attached already). Which is fine, as long as you know that's what you're buying.
At this level of system and in an average room, you're not going to hear any difference. If
there's any benefit at all to cables, it's for people with very good hearing (ie, under age 25-30), listening to a near-reference system, in a near-ideal room.
And again, a reminder - banana plugs are also for convenience (hard to get to spaces behind a receiver or some mounted speakers) or fun, not at all required. Just be sure to allow for the extra space needed for them.
By the way, if for any reason people are looking for black speaker wire, try a car audio shop or the car audio section of a big store, or check online. Something like this: Stinger 14 gauge black wire at Car Domain
. They have other colors too.
P.S. I'd suggest that this not become another one of those useless, AVS Forum trademark threads that rambles on and repeats the same stuff over and over. It stops being usable pretty fast, as it starts to get 50 pages long. Most other forums have figured that out. Scan the thread, or at least the last few pages. Don't expect people to repost stuff that's already been posted in the last couple pages - subwoofer cables, alternatives to the Velodyne - it's all in here.
Even better, of course, would be to collect some of the info into the OP. Or, better yet, if there was a way for us all to do that, like on Fatwallet.