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#82666 - 02/23/05 07:14 PM Speaker wire length
TNTguy Offline
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Thanks everyone for your patience. I have a million questions and some of these are non-conventional, but hey I don't know the answer.

When using wire to a pair of speakers, does the length for both need to be exactly the same? I know that with many of the audio delay features on receivers, you can compensate for different wire lengths between fronts, centers, surrounds, etc. But what about the wire length between your two front speakers? Do many of you buy speaker wire premade at a certain length, or do you cut it yourself?

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#82667 - 02/23/05 07:43 PM Re: Speaker wire length
FordPrefect Offline
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I bought Axiom's bulk wire, I highly recommend it very flexible, easy to work with and it doesn't set off my phobia for clear plastic covered coathanger wire .

No need to worry about the lengths being different, I think they would have to vary by over 100' before you would ever start to imagine you heard a difference.
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#82668 - 02/23/05 07:54 PM Re: Speaker wire length
bridgman Offline
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I can't think of any technical reason for matching speaker wire lengths unless you were worried about tiny differences in capacitance somehow affecting your response in some infintesmal way.

IIRC, signals travel at 1/2 to 2/3 speed of light in a typical cable, ie perhaps 600,000 times as fast as sound. The finest adjustment in the receiver is probably on the order of a millisecond, which corresponds to about 100 MILES of speaker wire.

There are so many good things to worry about. This isn't one of them
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#82669 - 02/23/05 08:08 PM Re: Speaker wire length
F107plus5 Offline
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When I worry about speaker wire length the most is when I say "So I cut it again, and it's Still Too Short!"

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#82670 - 02/23/05 08:37 PM Re: Speaker wire length
TNTguy Offline
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Finally something I don't have to worry about!

Thanks guys.

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#82671 - 02/23/05 08:44 PM Re: Speaker wire length
JohnK Offline
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Yes, TNT, as Rich(F107)indicates, the thing to worry about is speaker wires too short(has a drastic affect on sound quality)rather than uneven in length.
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#82672 - 02/23/05 09:07 PM Re: Speaker wire length
Ray3 Offline
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TNT - trot on down to Home Depot and pick up a length of 14 ga. wire (they will cut it in their bulk area to whatever length you want). It's $.25/ft. and works just fine.

Ray

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#82673 - 02/23/05 10:03 PM Re: Speaker wire length
Wegiz Offline
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Not to stir things up, because I agree with the sentiment here, but I was just reading the owners manual for H/K 3480 stereo receiver and they recommend that the wire be the same length for each speaker. Check out page 12, third column, second paragraph.

http://manuals.harman.com/hk/Owner%27s%20Manual/HK3480%20OM.pdf

[Edit: I had the page wrong, it should be page 12]


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#82674 - 02/23/05 10:12 PM Re: Speaker wire length
bridgman Offline
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How very wierd. I looked in my HK 3270 manual (predecessor to the 3480) and it says the same thing.

"This message brought to you by the United Speaker Wire Confederation of America"

Good catch, although I still don't believe it makes a difference to the sound
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#82675 - 02/24/05 01:27 AM Re: Speaker wire length
BrenR Offline
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HK's manuals probably stipulate even wire lengths because you never know when someone's going to use 30ga. wire. (look - a single CAT5 cable has enough wires to do my whole system!)

Like Ford Prefect - I bought Axiom cable, not for how they would affect the sound, but for looks (at least half my cable is exposed) and for ease of use (it's soft and pliable like buttah)... I easily could have gotten away with 14ga. lamp cord or even romex based on the length of my runs, but I appreciate the look of the Axiom stuff... and it was comparable in price to the bulk transparent pink stuff from the electronics store (even with my jobber's rate).

Bren R.

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