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    Default So what is your favorite speaker cables to date?

    So whats your favorite speaker cables you have tried so far?
    What has been your best "bang for buck" speaker cables?

    The vast majority of people don't care too much for the Nordost speaker cables, but they seem to work best in my system (synergy?) and are some of my fav's in my system at least.
    I have the Red Dawns, and Flatlines.

    "Bang for buck" would have to be the River Cable Flexygy 6 or 8's, both bring alot to the table @ their used prices are a crazy good speaker cable for the money.

    I have AQ Midnight, and XLO Pro 600 for comparision, but have had a many come and go in the past, both cheap, and expensive (I lean toward the cheaper SC's, and put my money in the IC's).


    Whats your favorite SC?
    Best "Bang for buck"?
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    signal cable ultra's

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    Best Speakers I have owned was the Audioquest CV8's.
    Best bang for the buck speaker cables is by far Audioquest Flx14-2.
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    Best cables i've owned are my Zu Missions.
    Best bang for the buck i've tried is Kimber 4pr, or super cheap Canare 4s11.
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    MIT cables.

    Signal Cable.

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    Best: MIT Shotgun S3's.

    B4B: Hmmmm. I would say for the discount price of $11/ft. the Alpha Core Goertz Python MI2 (from Sonic Craft). Not a "cheap" cable but best B4B (IMO).
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    I make my own. Buy 12 gauge CL2 speaker wire from mono price.com, and get sleeve, speaker wire pants and banan plugs.
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    MIT shotguns

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    No Way But The Hard Way, So Get Used To It!!!

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    High/Mid-MG Audio Planus 3

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    I have tried over a dozen cables from Nordost,Audioquest,Morrow,Kimber,MIT,etc. and always end up going back to my DIY Canare 4S11.
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.

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    I really enjoyed my PNF Symphonys for several years. Great overall sound. I just swapped them out for a set of Morrow Audio SP4s. I am enjoying more detail, better soundstage, and timing. :)
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    I've used DH Labs Q10 for many years

    I changed the connectors a few years back, sent them to DH and they changed one end from spades to banana plugs
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    I make my own....make my own optical cables also

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    Best: MIT Shotguns

    B4B: Signal Cable or Canare Star Quad 4S11

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    I've tried many cables over the years but at this moment with the speakers I have it seems that Reality cables so far are the clear winners.....for my ears anyway. Which.....does anyone else's ears count anyway ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Which.....does anyone else's ears count anyway ?
    Not yet, I've trained mine to wiggle and dance, but so far, unable to count.
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    http://www.jwaudio.net/Cryo-Nova-Speaker-Cables.html

    I don't think the "cryo" aspect is worth the space it takes up :-) and magnet wire like this is available inexpensively from www.allelectronics.com but I've gotta say that they do "sound good" (whatever that means in the context of a completely passive component).

    They are firmly ensconced in my 'real' hifi (you can sort of see 'em in the photo - they're not too layout-friendly, being quite stiff).

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    MIT S2s.

    Won't be changing any time soon.

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    Best: Groneberg

    Good: Signal cables

    Not so good: Canare Star Quad
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    Another shameless plug Douglas Connection Custom Cables...

    Best cables I have used, budget or not.

    http://www.douglasconnection.com/Dou...Cables_c58.htm
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    Best: MIT Shotgun S1's, of course.

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    I'm a novice by comparison to you guys... but the BJC Ten cables with locking banana plugs that I have on my front three gave them a very nice sound. Yes, those are 10 AWG cables for like a 5 foot run. It made sense at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuntasensei View Post
    Yes, those are 10 AWG cables for like a 5 foot run. It made sense at the time.
    Makes sense to me I used 10ga for the longest time 12ga is so yesterday........

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    Speaker wire is speaker wire, it doesn't matter how you pretty they are. I can't believe how much money people spend on these! Then again, if you have the money that's cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFOviedo View Post
    Speaker wire is speaker wire, it doesn't matter how you pretty they are. I can't believe how much money people spend on these! Then again, if you have the money that's cool
    I find it interesting that people such as yourself always think cables believers are buying cables because of how they look. I agree that speaker wire is speaker wire, or you get what you pay for. It's just that some speaker wire has much better audio aspects than others. Things such as dynamics, soundstage, clarity, detail are what's important and are what higher end cable buyers are paying for; it's not for their looks (at least I can say for me it's not for looks).

    Yes, that is cool isn't it.
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    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    I find it interesting that people such as yourself always think cables believers are buying cables because of how they look. I agree that speaker wire is speaker wire, or you get what you pay for. It's just that some speaker wire has much better audio aspects than others. Things such as dynamics, soundstage, clarity, detail are what's important and are what higher end cable buyers are paying for; it's not for their looks (at least I can say for me it's not for looks).

    Yes, that is cool isn't it.
    Whatever makes you happy! I really don't want to get into this conversation since it has been beaten to death by others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFOviedo View Post
    Whatever makes you happy! I really don't want to get into this conversation since it has been beaten to death by others.
    It obvioulsy does make us happy. Why did you bring up the old "cable is cable" idea if you don't want to beat it to death? Are you trying to save others from "wasting their money"? Or simply just stating your opinion?
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFOviedo View Post
    Whatever makes you happy! I really don't want to get into this conversation since it has been beaten to death by others.
    And yet you posted your uninformed opinion even thou it had nothing to do with the OP's question. Brilliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    It obvioulsy does make us happy. Why did you bring up the old "cable is cable" idea if you don't want to beat it to death? Are you trying to save others from "wasting their money"? Or simply just stating your opinion?
    I didn't say anything about saving anyone money. I was simply stating my opinion.
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