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Old 23rd July 2006, 09:25 PM
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Would it be presumptious for a new commer like me to sugest a discusion on what cables work well with world amp's like the kel84,Ive got long runs to the speakers and am considering an upgrade.Ive thought about Kimber 8vs, has anyone tried it?.Im currently using QEDmk2 biwire left from a NAD based system, It's reasonably good but i feel it could be improved on quite easilly.
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Old 23rd July 2006, 10:04 PM
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Hi Dave,

Save yourself a fortune and build a set of TNT Audio Tripple T or Twisted Twins. Cheap as chips and mine have on a number of occasions out-performed cables costing thousands.......I kid you not. I don't know exactly why but I suspect it is a valve amp synergy thing.

http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/triple_t_e.html

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Old 23rd July 2006, 10:32 PM
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Thanks Greg,looks very promising i think i might try this.Any ideas about a good source of wire?
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Old 23rd July 2006, 10:44 PM
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Hi David,

It's bog standard CAT5 computer hook up. I bought mine from Maplins when they had an offer on. Don't be conned into the more expensive purple fire resistant stuff.....it doesn't sound any better/different. The basic grey stuff is fine. Any electrical component seller should be able to supply. Best price I last saw was from 'Screwfix'.

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PS I suspect there are contributors on this forum who disagree with me. If they post to this effect, before you make a decision, PM me and we should discuss further. There is far too much bollocks talked about speaker cable and infact cables in general. I'm sure a short discussion would put you properly in the picture.
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Old 23rd July 2006, 10:50 PM
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I haven't found a reason to not use cat5 yet. I am with Greg on this one.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?...CW45Y&DOY=23m7
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Old 23rd July 2006, 10:55 PM
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Hi-i made up a set of 4 way speaker cables in cat 5 quite a few years ago from an article on the TNT website.

i cant remember where i got the cable (RS or Maplin i think) and it did have a purple outer sheath.

i am still happy with them today !

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Old 23rd July 2006, 11:13 PM
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Twisted twins rule okay!

But even today I was using just one run of CAT5 per speaker - fantastic@95p a metre

I know it is hard to believe when all the mags boll@#~ on about this and that but there really is so little difference, you may as well use the 'best'.
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Old 23rd July 2006, 11:16 PM
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I know what you mean,i think.I made all my interconnects from Maplin's silver coax at 15£ per meter with shark phonos silver soldered on & they sound great, a big improvement on the QED Qunex 2 they replaced.Im very tempted to try your suggestion soon thou i'd like to know how you think they would do in long runs, thanks again.
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Old 23rd July 2006, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Greg.
PS I suspect there are contributors on this forum who disagree with me. If they post to this effect, before you make a decision, PM me and we should discuss further. There is far too much bollocks talked about speaker cable and infact cables in general. I'm sure a short discussion would put you properly in the picture.
Why don't you do us all the kindness of putting us "properly in the picture"?

In my system I found that the CAT5s were easily bettered by 3M SCSI cable (though my experiences are clearly "bollocks" as they are not the same as Greg's.)

In any case I've come across CAT5 that is stranded and therefore probably unsuitable for speaker cables, it would probably be wise to check that it is at least solid core before spending money on a generic CAT5.
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can I put my tuppence worth in
I'm currently using a pair of Allen's SCSI ribbon cables,
just plain common or garden comptuter ribbon cable from RS, great sound,
in fact really good, betters my Kimber 4VS and Nordost Cinemaflex I was using,
very easy to use , just a matter of stripping it down and terminating it,
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