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Speaker Cable advice please

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DocG

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millennia_one said:
Tbh before spending money I would first move the speakers around. If they’re lean and thin move them back a little and give them just enough toe in to make the centre image stable. Speaker cable really won’t make much difference other than small tuning differences. It could be just a trait of those particular speakers. Maybe look into a small musical subwoofer, a Rel q150 can be had for roughly the same as 2 runs of your max budget. And would help warm up the sound and certainly get rid of any thinness.
+1 for your comment about speaker position.

Not sure a sub will help to get a ‘beefier’ sound. Subs are <100 Hz territory, while for reducing thinness, you’re more looking at 200-500 Hz (or even higher). A digital equalizer could help. Many on here get a bad taste in their mouth thinking of DEQ though...
 

bigfish786

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speaker positioning is the best free upgrade you will ever have. get it right, and you are onto a winner, get it wrong, and you'll be left scratching your head why all your expensive boxes sound bad!

take your time, make small adjustments. try and create the best soundstage in your listening position. best to be right in front of the speakers, in a kind of equilateral triangle.
 

BigH

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Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
 

Al ears

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BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
 

Vladimir

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BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables.
That's because you are also changing all the wire inside the speakers. Cables make all the difference.

Or so I've heard. *dirol*
 

Hawkwind16

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Al ears said:
BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
Thanks - what speakers would you recommend ? I am currently hunting on ebay !
 

Al ears

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Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
Thanks - what speakers would you recommend ? I am currently hunting on ebay !
Tricky. I would suggest trying to get out and audition some.
 

Hawkwind16

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Al ears said:
Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
Thanks - what speakers would you recommend ? I am currently hunting on ebay !
Tricky. I would suggest trying to get out and audition some.
My long term objective is to get some decent floorstanders which i think would give the natural meaty midrange that i like, but i haven't got room for that now, hence trying to tweak the cables in the short term.

However, my upgrade itis has lead me to look at new bookshelf speakers for my system 2. I demo'd some - starting off with Q Concept 20's and working upwards. Inevitably i liked the larger more expensive one's and my favourites were Focal Aria 906's, KEF Q150's and KEF Q350's. But i couldn't quite commit to buying new at the time. My ebay search has now lead me to procuring good deals i think on two different quality bookshelf speakers and i hope some good quality QED speaker cables !

A bit mad *help* but i can experiment and mix and match and the losers will go back on ebay !

This is in addition to my planned upcoming DAC audition ! *crazy*

I will report back/update if anyone's interested.....
 

Hawkwind16

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So after all the different advice I have now got a good deal on ebay on the following -

QED XT400 cable

Monitor Audio Gold GX50 speakers (I listened to some Golds a while back and liked them but couldn't afford them)

Focal Aria 905 (front ported - hopefully a step up for system 2 in my study)

Great ! Can't wait to try it all out and see what goes with what..*help**crazy*

​Thanks for all the input

​(Searching for hi fi gold in mad range products)
 

drummerman

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Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
 

Thanks - what speakers would you recommend ? I am currently hunting on ebay !
Tricky. I would suggest trying to get out and audition some.
My long term objective is to get some decent floorstanders which i think would give the natural meaty midrange that i like, but i haven't got room for that now, hence trying to tweak the cables in the short term.

However, my upgrade itis has lead me to look at new bookshelf speakers for my system 2. I demo'd some - starting off with Q Concept 20's and working upwards. Inevitably i liked the larger more expensive one's and my favourites were Focal Aria 906's, KEF Q150's and KEF Q350's. But i couldn't quite commit to buying new at the time. My ebay search has now lead me to procuring good deals i think on two different quality bookshelf speakers and i hope some good quality QED speaker cables !

A bit mad *help* but i can experiment and mix and match and the losers will go back on ebay !

This is in addition to my planned upcoming DAC audition ! *crazy*

I will report back/update if anyone's interested.....

 
I believe Musicraft have a pair of Focal 906 at a good price on their Special Offers page.
 

Hawkwind16

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drummerman said:
Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
Hawkwind16 said:
Al ears said:
BigH said:
Changing the speakers will make a lot more difference than changing cables. Some people think MA are like that, read several posts about it. I would go to a decent dealer and try out some other speakers rather than cables.
+1

I tried to imply that in post #11
Thanks - what speakers would you recommend ? I am currently hunting on ebay !
Tricky. I would suggest trying to get out and audition some.
My long term objective is to get some decent floorstanders which i think would give the natural meaty midrange that i like, but i haven't got room for that now, hence trying to tweak the cables in the short term.

However, my upgrade itis has lead me to look at new bookshelf speakers for my system 2. I demo'd some - starting off with Q Concept 20's and working upwards. Inevitably i liked the larger more expensive one's and my favourites were Focal Aria 906's, KEF Q150's and KEF Q350's. But i couldn't quite commit to buying new at the time. My ebay search has now lead me to procuring good deals i think on two different quality bookshelf speakers and i hope some good quality QED speaker cables !

A bit mad *help* but i can experiment and mix and match and the losers will go back on ebay !

This is in addition to my planned upcoming DAC audition ! *crazy*

I will report back/update if anyone's interested.....
I believe Musicraft have a pair of Focal 906 at a good price on their Special Offers page.
Hi Drummerman

As above i've now bought some new kit to have a play with - including Focal Aria 905, Monitor Gold GX 50, QED XT400 to try in my two systems. Should keep me quiet for a while !
 

Hawkwind16

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Hawkwind update - I have definately been neglecting my front end too much. Both speakers sound great, and very different !
 

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