INTERS OR SPEAKER CABLES FIRST

stiffy

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Hi Everyone,

I'm off to treat myself to new cables tomorrow and need to know if I should get speaker cables or interconnects first.

Which one is likely to make the biggest difference? I can't afford to buy both at the same time.

Thanks

John
 
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I assume you're talking about analogue interconnects. In that case if I were you I would change whichever piece of your current kit has the lowest quality/performance etc. first.

Or find some good deals on internet en get both


James
 

aliEnRIK

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How have you chosen which cables your to buy? (as in manufacturer and code)

What do you use now?

First thing I look at is mains supply, then ill move onto interconnects and speaker cables last
 

idc

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You may have reason to change the speaker cables, particularly if you have low impedance speakers or a very long cable run. Low impedance speakers benefit from lower resistance cables and long runs benefit from a lower AWG, or in other words a thicker cable. Braiding the cable also helps with rejection of interference as a speaker cable can act as an aerial.
 
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Anonymous

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not sure there is an easy answer - If you demo the cables you want to end up with, then buy the cables which make most difference now then the others.
 
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stiffy:
Hi Everyone,

I'm off to treat myself to new cables tomorrow and need to know if I should get speaker cables or interconnects first.

Which one is likely to make the biggest difference? I can't afford to buy both at the same time.

Thanks

John

You don't need to spend a lot if you don't want to. My cabling's cost me £32 all in. 322 strand 12 (I think) AWG speaker cable, single wired (£5.49), one pair of QED Qunex 2 interconnects (£20) and a pair of generic but good quality interconnects (£7). The system sounds great. You can, of course, choose to spend a lot of money, after all, it's your money(!), but keep an open mind about all of this.
 

stiffy

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Yeah, I hadn't intended to spend a lot, maybe up to £40 on the interconnect and around the same on 7 - 8m of speaker cable. I'm just not sure that any noticeable improvement will be gained over my current 79 strand £1 per metre QED and cheapo £8 digital interconnect. I might be better keeping the cash and saving it towards a speaker upgrade in the new year.
 

aliEnRIK

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stiffy:
Yeah, I hadn't intended to spend a lot, maybe up to £40 on the interconnect and around the same on 7 - 8m of speaker cable. I'm just not sure that any noticeable improvement will be gained over my current 79 strand £1 per metre QED and cheapo £8 digital interconnect. I might be better keeping the cash and saving it towards a speaker upgrade in the new year.

Buying van damme UP LC-OFC interconnect and speaker cables will work out about 40 quid (a bit more for connectors) and I feel would be far better than what you use now
 

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