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Cables and loudspeakers

Greetings again from the distant island of Maui, Hawaii.

 

I have used inexpensive and expensive cables, and experienced no difference between the two types. I still listen using my Rogers LS3/5A speakers, bought in the UK in the early 

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Around 1992 time my next door neighbour asked me if I had a CD player. I invited him into my home and gave him a Demo of my Technics 990, played via Quad 34/405.2 and Rogers LS7i speakers. All speaker wire was QED 79 Strand. 4 x 5-metre lengths. It would appear that my friend only had Vinyl and on inspection, he had perhaps 400 to 500 Albums, mainly Jazz and Big band. His chosen method of playing these albums was a Fidelity music centre. Very cheap and nasty I think that he'd purchased it from Woolworths in the 1970s.

About a fortnight later he invited me to his house and the Fidelity had been replaced with Top of the Range sony separates purchased from John Lewis. He had also purchased a Technics CD player. He placed a Frank Sinatra disc in the Technics and it sounded awful. I had brought with me a Demonstration quality Classical music disc, Orfeo, John Elliot Gardner. It sounded flat and awful.

On investigation, the system had been wired correctly with exception of the Sony Brand 3 way speakers. They'd been wired out of phase, placed onto the carpeted floor bang against the wall, and he'd used the speaker wire from the fidelity, which was  figure of eight 7 strand bell wire.

I returned home and found two 3 metre lengths of QED 79 strand, plus a set of speaker stands. I rewired the left-hand channel and sat his left speaker on a stand. Placed Orfeo into the CD player, turned the Balance to the Right maximum, and it sounded crap, then turning the balance to the Left Maximum the true quality of the system was apparent.

That was my only ever experience of Speaker cable making any significant difference to a Hi-Fi music system.

So, my friend purchased 2 x 5 metres of QED and he was happy ever after!

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Maxpaddy, If your description is accurate what you heard in your experiment was not just the effect of using a different speaker cable. It was also the (probably far more significant) effect of lifting the speaker off the floor and on to a stand.

Roderick

I find Chord too bright too

Prowicz wrote:

 

I am currently using Chord Rumour cable on these beasts, but would care for any suggestions in terms of an upgrade cable?  I find the current cable sounds a little harsh in terms of highs produced, especially when listening to choral and symphonic renditions.

Yours,

Clive P.

 

Hello Clive,

I'm sure Chord make good cables, but they often use silver, and I am not a fan of the sound.. it leads to listening fatigue. Try Copper only cables.. Atlas make very nice warm sounding cables ; that's what I use.

cable agony

Speaker cables can make tiny sonic differences in frequency response, but only tiny ones. Moreover, differences are not necessarily the same as improvements. Seriously, if your system needs tone controls, just use those on your amplifier. Beyond that, ordinary cable will do, if of sufficient size for the length and the power going through them. Any more is just a waste of your money and too easy money for the shop (margins on fancy cables are huge).

Willem

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