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#377066 - 05/25/12 10:37 AM Speaker Cables
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Last night I replaced my 12 year old speaker cables with new ones of the same gauge. I don't know. My system just seems to have a fresher sound now.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Oh yeah, since the manufacturer removed the oxygen from the new cables, will they maintain their freshness longer?

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#377067 - 05/25/12 10:40 AM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Woodrow]
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You have to store them in long, narrow Tupperware containers.
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#377093 - 05/25/12 03:16 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Woodrow]
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Originally Posted By: Woodrow
Last night I replaced my 12 year old speaker cables with new ones of the same gauge. I don't know. My system just seems to have a fresher sound now.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Oh yeah, since the manufacturer removed the oxygen from the new cables, will they maintain their freshness longer?


I've had speaker cables get stale over time. They turned green in spots (or was it yellow?) under the clear jacket.

I needed a bit more lime juice in my guacamole the other day too.

What cables did you purchase btw?
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#377097 - 05/25/12 04:08 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Woodrow]
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Just standard 12 gauge.

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#377149 - 05/26/12 04:15 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Woodrow]
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Speaker cables do need to be replaced or at the very least cleaned up on the exposed ends from time to time as copper does oxidize which can give you poor connections. It is situations like this that someone buys the expensive cables and then proclaims them to be soooo much better than standard copper when it is just the old oxidized wire causing a problem.
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#377161 - 05/26/12 07:29 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: jakewash]
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Well if you do buy the "expensive" ones, you won't have that problem.
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#377165 - 05/26/12 07:57 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: SBrown]
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SBrown Well if you do buy the "expensive" ones, you won't have that problem.

Problem solved before it happens,sounds good to me.
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#377168 - 05/26/12 09:29 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Gary Vose Sr]
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Gary, hopefully it didn't really sound good to you, because if the comment was meant other than jokingly, it's sheer nonsense. Any copper exposed to air(e.g., the stripped end of a speaker cable)will have some surface oxidation over a long period of time which can either be cleaned off with a mild abrasive or the stripped end can be trimmed off and another half inch stripped. This is true regardless of whether the cable cost $1 or $100,000.
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#377170 - 05/26/12 10:07 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: Woodrow]
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Defiantly jokingly JohnK, I agree 100% with what you said.
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#377171 - 05/26/12 10:23 PM Re: Speaker Cables [Re: JohnK]
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Registered: 02/08/04
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Originally Posted By: JohnK
Gary, hopefully it didn't really sound good to you, because if the comment was meant other than jokingly, it's sheer nonsense. Any copper exposed to air(e.g., the stripped end of a speaker cable)will have some surface oxidation over a long period of time which can either be cleaned off with a mild abrasive or the stripped end can be trimmed off and another half inch stripped. This is true regardless of whether the cable cost $1 or $100,000.


John, one of the differences can be the quality of the insulation used in the construction of the cable. Over time i think that the insulation can break down if the manufacture uses the cheapest possible stuff.

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