Originally Posted by torii
I remember I bought into the speaker wire thing in the 90's with 3x10ft XLO cables for my LCR speakers. I still have them but dont use anymore. Honestly my ears never could tell the difference but I dont know what to listen for
same for my msb dlink dac
when I first received them I thought to myself I could make my own with 30 strands of 20 gauge and twist/braid myself(guesstimate on strands/gauge I never counted)
an old friend of mine buys into the speaker wire stuff tho...retired electrical engineer 40 years. He mentioned at cornell he had to design/build speakers and amp as graduation requirement and that when it comes to stereos every little bit helps when it comes to reproducing great sound to include cables/wires...ofc this was in the 60's...but I believe him to an extent.
I dont think he ever worked with super expensive speaker cables tho, probably just means dont use crap
and my own personal/noob opinion on using too large or is it small of gauge wire could lead to early oxidation or corrosion of the terminals. so just stick with 12-16 gauge
is the industrial strength goo for all but maybe the most delicate electrical connections. An 8-ounce tube should last you a lifetime. I have several.
might be the last word there, although I have some DeOxit Gold, whose literature, though not specific, reads as thought it has a similar (if not the same) active component. It's been real good at fixing things around the house and car that stopped working correctly (for me).
When I played around with homemade wires and configurations I could never shake the impression that simple solid core was better. Something like clarity or precision came through. Still does.
I subscribe to the 'every little bit helps' idea, too. Reductions of degradation is the best you can do. Can't make things better, only less worse.
Since it's only a hobby here, I get to try whatever I want. Never bought a fancy cable though. Doesn't make sense to me when I crunch the numbers. Throw conductivity at it, I say.
Measurement-wise, at some point I compared 18AWG to the 2AWG, and there was a rolloff in the highs with the 18 gauge. So it came out. And the other pair of 2AWG will go back in (as biwire) when I get ambitious again. I didn't want to cut them, as they are a little longer, but now I find I can get it by the foot at HomeDepot if I need to, so, out come the cable cutters.