Cables

last update : 21-02-1998

Introduction

Their is also lost to do about cables, just read the news groups. Some manufacturers make a real hype with time flux blah blah terms, Solder free cinch plugs (Yeah of course you may not solder your interconnects, but ehhhhh my amp has many solder joints?!) And do't forget the junk wire inside.

Resulting in a lot of YES-NO-YES-NO discussion between believers (happy spenders) and non-believers (sarcastic/ignorant 'I don't believe it, so I don't try it, and it IS bull schit'ters)

I hope to find a middle way, happy spending al little of money , not to much fuzz and fine reproduction of music.

After some experimenting I come to the next cable tips :

General cable

a good contact is 90% of the quality of the connection !

THEREFORE :

Use connectors you can clamp well, tighten /clean regularly.

Bare wire is fine, but cut back loudspeaker cables if they oxidize. A cheap and effective is oiling the bare wire and connectors, A German audio magazine recommended weapon oil. I don't know about snake oil.

I found biwiring useful.

Some wire experiments ((sugestions): - use RG213 as speaker wire, Use the core as conductor, Connect the shielding the ground (not the minus speaker output). So you need at least 4 lengths (biwiring 8 lengths) This should prevent HF entering the amp. In the amp HF can upset the feedback and cause IM and TIM ! Very useful if your amp has no Zobel network.

I tried to shield my simple 4mm^2 multistrand cable with sticky aluminum tape, it looks nice, but I didn't found any improvement.

- multi-parallel-telephone / UTP (singele strands as with Kimber) cable as speaker cables

- Massive copper wire sounded bad (PVC insulation?) in my system.

- RG58 as an interconnect (use good plugs)

- band cable as speaker wire as some adepts

- C12 television cable is an fine interconnect to me

- OFC microphone cable works ok too. Choose the kind with two conductors, use one for + on for ground. Connect the shield at the source with the ground and use a 1pF capacitor from ground to shield at the amplifier side. Thius gives HF a chance to find a good ground.

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