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#131695 - 03/13/06 05:08 PM Birthday present for me
littleb Offline
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
My son wants to buy me a Birthday present. I suggested a pair of M60s, which he informed me are about $910 over his budget. He wants to get me some speaker cables and banana plugs for my front speakers. He thinks I need monster cable, whereas, I told him I was thinking about some lamp chord. Right now, I using some cheapo Phillips brand 14 gauge wire. He seems to believe in audiophile cables, while I don't think a change would make any difference. What do you guys think. I don't want him to throw away his money.

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#131696 - 03/13/06 05:13 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Have him get you a set of premade Axiom speaker cables. They are some really good looking cables.
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#131697 - 03/13/06 05:14 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Don't let him fall into the Monster hype. He would be wasting his money. You can buy bulk quantities of 12, 14, or 16 gauge speaker wire from most home improvement stores. They will cut lengths right off the roll. I bought my 12 gauge wire off of Ebay. I know a few people that have purchased from http://www.monoprice.com and have been very happy with the quality. Don't let your son jump on the Monster bandwagon, it is grossly overpriced and no better than other copper wires.
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#131698 - 03/13/06 05:24 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 87
Loc: Chicago, IL
What gauge do you recommend? 12, 14, 16? I'm powering M60s, V150, and QS4s from a Pioneer VSX-74
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#131699 - 03/13/06 05:26 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
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#131700 - 03/13/06 06:17 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Looks like you beat me twice today Rick, your typing skills are improving.
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#131701 - 03/13/06 06:21 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
Not one I have yet to get a good hold on
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#131702 - 03/13/06 06:47 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
I highly recommend Blue Jeans Cable I bought their Canare 4S11 along with some techflex, heat shrink wrap, and some nice banana plugs (Ebay) and made my own "fancy schmancy" cables. They look great, were fun to do, and saved me the cost of buying fancy ones.

Of course regular old 12ga would have worked just as well. But it wouldn't have looked as good or been as much fun.


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#131703 - 03/13/06 06:59 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I second the Blue Jeans Cable, nice quality, good looking and won't break the bank.
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#131704 - 03/13/06 07:40 PM Re: Birthday present for me
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 1334
Loc: Ancaster, Ontario
Seeing as it's a present and I'm sure he wants to make sure you get something really special why not go with Axiom bulk cable (it's a joy to work with,it's so flexible) and Axiom banana plugs.

I'm well aware there are cheaper options that will work but this is a present that he wants to get for YOU and it is a much saner option than monster.


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