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

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  • heyyo 2 Nov 2012 21:04:38 14,362 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 6,904 posts
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    Where's vizzini?
  • FanBoysSuck 2 Nov 2012 21:57:07 1,604 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 Friendliest Forumite, 2016 2 Nov 2012 21:59:05 30,201 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 6,580 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 16,990 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 1,598 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 69,163 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 19,201 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 1,598 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 5,950 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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