Originally Posted by m. zillch
Clever, genius marketing:
Yeah, if they are claiming you need to spend 10%, 15%, 20%, 25% or more, it is cleaver marketing. Well, more like fraud than clever marketing.
But my charts show that regardless of system price, most people Actually spend between 1% and 4%. Four Percent of $10,000 is only $400 for All Wire and Cable. One Percent is $100. For all wire and cable neither of those is ridiculously high. Perhaps unnecessarily high, but not ridiculously high.
If you look at the charts, there is a guy with a $15,000 system who spend 1%, There is a guy with a +$50,000 system who spend 1%.
There is no one absolute guideline. I use the 3% to 5% range simply to frame the budget, once you have some budget perspective, you can then make decision to spend more or less as you see fit. That's not my call to make.
As I said, I'm not here to tell people you CAN'T do this or you CAN'T do that. I'm here to give them a range of options, and the information and perspective necessary to make the right decision for themselves.
For example, the $10 cables I suggested are Oxygen Free Copper
that is Double Shielded
and with Gold Plated Contacts
. When I examine realistically what I need, I can't see that I need more than that. Is long grain copper
really going to make that much difference? I don't see how.
In another thread I analyzed Speaker wire for every parameter available - resistance, reactance, inductance, capacitance,
and every thing else I could think of, and assuming reasonable size wire, none of those parameter had any effect on what you hear. Though when you get up around 50 feet or more inductive reactance become significant and start to trim away at high frequencies. But for that to reach a significant dB level, it takes considerably more than 50ft (13ga/2.62mm²). If I recall, all reactance/resistance combined was about -1.3dB, though that is from memory.
RCA cables are generally rated as functional up to 100ft. So, 3ft, 6ft, 10ft, 12ft, etc... are insignificant.
Now if someone wants to spend up to
$100 on RCA cable, though I will offer alternatives, that up to them. Not my system, not my wallet, not my life ... do as you please.
But, while I will offer Cables in their price range, as I said, I will also offer alternatives are lower and under certain circumstances at higher prices. As to the advisability of spending that kind of money, I will simply offer - Bounds Of Reason,
and Don't Get Carried Awa
y. Then, with a range of information, the Original Poster or anyone seeking advice, and make a reasonably informed decision.
The goal should be to help the Original Poster find Wire and Cable within the parameters he/she laid out.
I'm not here to judge, but to simply offer options and reasons why. That ...to me... seems the most helpful.