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01-10-2003, 12:04 PM
I went to Home Depot last night to get some heavy gauge speaker wire for my 4 ohm load speakers. I wanted something to get me by until I could afford a better set of cables. So I got some 12 gauge wire for 34 cents a foot. Anyway, I was looking at the spool and it says "not shielded." What does this mean and am I going to run into any problems?
I have Monster cable XP that it would be replacing. is this going to be a "better" cable and is it shielded?
01-10-2003, 12:07 PM
I'll bet a six pack you don't have any problems and if you hear a radical difference I'll throw in another sixer.
Slight changes don't count. ;)
01-10-2003, 02:39 PM
I'll need that 12 pack when I sit down and listen to my Dynaudio 1.3mkII that will arrive tomorrow!! I can't wait any longer!!!!
01-10-2003, 02:50 PM
Well the way today is going if we were close enough I'd bring a 30 pack!!!!
You are in for some FUN!
01-12-2003, 02:17 AM
The shielding is just an outer conductive sleeve used mostly to block RF interference. You probably won't notice any difference w/wo it. If you wanted, you could always go to Radio Shack and pick up something like this. They should help in the unlikely event you need 'em.
01-13-2003, 06:05 AM
Been running Home Depot 12 gauge bi-wire set-up for years... no problems in ~35' run... At $0.35 per foot consider bi-wiring if your run is of any length and/or your rig is high-powered.
Good wiring guidelines include:
- both runs the same length;
- if source is off-set towards one speaker, don't coil the excess wire in the shorter run; and
- avoid crossing 110V cords.
Later two are anti-EMF measures. Former is based on resistance balancing (neglible unless you're wrapping one run around your house a couple times) and avoiding time-lag (in case your ears hear at light speed).
As for shielding, the plate in my head picks up more RF than my speaker wires... ;)
01-13-2003, 08:53 AM
Thanks for the help!
gidrah, the link did not work. it wants me to log in again...
The Home Depot wire seemed to do fine. The speakers are amazing, even when they're hooked to my $350 receiver... Yes, my speakers WAY outclass everything in my rig, but you gotta start somewhere, right?
Also, you can't bi-wire Dynaudio's... I don't think they believe in it... I think they do a pretty damn good job with out it...
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