Speaker Cable thoughts?

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NICKTENN

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Speaker Cable thoughts?
« on: 6 Aug 2020, 07:57 pm »
Not looking to start a cable debate by any means, just looking to see if anyone had tried these ribbon speaker cables from Pine Tree Audio. They look really interesting and are made from 26x28AWG silver plated copper wires in a parallel/twisted pair configuration for a 14AWG equivalent wire gauge. If you feel negatively about them, simply say pass, if you have a similarly priced recommendation I’m all ears (these are $90 + $15 for shipping for 6ft length for a pair of speakers, 4 cables). If you’re curious I’m using Golden Maraschino’s with JTR 110HT’s until my 210HT’s get built.





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Re: Speaker Cable thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: 6 Aug 2020, 08:58 pm »
It depends on what speakers you use. I tested wire gauges on my Salk HT2-TL speakers using Kimber 4VS (13 guage) and Zenwave 14 gauge Neotech EC-UPOCC speaker cables. Both sounded great, the Zenwave are slightly clearer but I discovered 13 and 14 gauge cables attenuate the bass, the Salk speakers has strong bass down to 34 Hz.

I currently use a double run of Kimber 4VS that has an aggregate wire size of 2-10 AWG cables. I used "Temple Caves" off of Mickey Hart's album "Planet Drum" as a test track. My old house had single pane glazed windows, using just the 13 AWG cable the bass was OK, the 10 AWG double run playing the same track made the glass rattle.

If your speakers don't go below 40 Hz then 14 AWG may work for you.

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Re: Speaker Cable thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: 6 Aug 2020, 10:41 pm »
MEGA Snakes (see photo, 8-ft length, $90/ch with new Cherry Amp purchase) are 9-gauge equivalent.  I do believe lower resistance to the speaker is audible, and lower resistance simply means better control !!

What we claim about these speaker cables: LOW resistance, very flexible for easy setup, reliable (can withstand many connect/disconnect cycles), and they LOOK COOL!  Note that we're not using phrases like "expands imaging" or "opens up the sound stage".  That's because we're honest (:



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Re: Speaker Cable thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: 6 Aug 2020, 10:44 pm »
Here’s how speaker cable resistance affects damping factor (DF):
https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=157603.0

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Re: Speaker Cable thoughts?
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