Does expensive speaker cable make a difference in sound quality? Page 2

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  • heyyo 2 Nov 2012 21:04:38 14,364 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    Still no.

    Unless you can't find anything else to waste your money on
    Fixed.

    Great start to a new page.

    Edited by heyyo at 21:05:34 02-11-2012
  • Fake_Blood 2 Nov 2012 21:42:02 5,068 posts
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    Where's vizzini?
  • FanBoysSuck 2 Nov 2012 21:57:07 1,550 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Where's vizzini?
    I heard he had to cancel his internet due to the costs of his massive data centre rental.
  • DFawkes 2 Nov 2012 21:59:05 25,995 posts
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    Vizzini transmits his sound via infra-red. Can't get faster than light.
  • RobTheBuilder 2 Nov 2012 22:13:43 6,521 posts
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    I'm sure others have said this but:

    The difference between good cable and cheap cable is far bigger than the jump to great cable. But only ever pay in proportion to what your system costs...
  • elstoof 2 Nov 2012 22:21:33 9,763 posts
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    I scrunch up tin foil into a long sausage shape and run it from amp to speaker.
  • gammonbanter 3 Dec 2012 20:56:13 1,549 posts
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    So I bought 50m of 42 strand cable for 20 from Screwfix. It's perfect (for me at least), it's does have a reasuring thickness and weight.

    I also bought the cheapest amp lead I could - it's all the same in europe no cross over or whatever!
  • Deleted user 4 December 2012 10:40:26
    Just before you opened wide.
  • De4dCert 4 Dec 2012 12:04:04 8 posts
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    Apples stuff rules!

    But no expensive cables are not worth it. Its like saying an HDMI cable that costs 1.50 is better than one that costs 80, they do the same job.
  • nickthegun 4 Dec 2012 12:10:49 64,322 posts
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    Its not like that at all. Speaker cables carry an analogue signal which can degrade and the hdmi one carries a digital signal which cant.
  • chopsen 4 Dec 2012 12:13:54 17,246 posts
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    Yes and no.

    Paying a bit more is likely to give you better results than a massive roll of cable for a tenner from B&Q would. Rapidly get to the point of diminishing returns and then outright snake oil further up in price you go.

    Nobody should pay more than a few quit for an HDMI cable, but that is a very different situation as you're not relying on it to faithfully carry an analogue signal.
  • Deleted user 4 December 2012 12:26:15
    nickthegun wrote:
    Its not like that at all. Speaker cables carry an analogue signal which can degrade and the hdmi one carries a digital signal which cant.
    And the degradation in signal in analogue isn't going to be noticed by a human unless the cable is very long.
  • gammonbanter 4 Dec 2012 22:19:17 1,549 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    Its not like that at all. Speaker cables carry an analogue signal which can degrade and the hdmi one carries a digital signal which cant.
    And the degradation in signal in analogue isn't going to be noticed by a human unless the cable is very long.
    And nothing that if noticed couldn't be fixed by turning up the volume a tad!

    I think it's all about strand count and amp rating. Maplin give you all the details on the cable they sell. RS and the like don't give you any measurable details.
  • skuzzbag 4 Dec 2012 23:10:25 5,934 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Its not like that at all. Speaker cables carry an analogue signal which can degrade and the hdmi one carries a digital signal which cant.
    Not strictly true as any signal on a path can degrade over distance. How HDMI handles lost bits is important and bla bla bla bla bla boring bla
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