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    Default Does the length between paired speakers matter?

    Will there be any effect on the SQ if the wire length from AVR/Amp to Left front is different to Right front?

    My AVR/Amp is close to left speaker planning to get 1 meter (4.92 feet) MIT Shotgun S3 for Left and 8 Feet MIT Shotgun S3 for Right will this have any effect?
    Or is it suggested to keep the lengths same?

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    If you rearrange your gear you might find the short cable to be a problem. There will not be any audible difference in sound with only a 4' difference in cables. When you setup your AVR it uses the length of the distance between the speaker and your seat. It doesn't care about the cable length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    If you rearrange your gear you might find the short cable to be a problem. There will not be any audible difference in sound with only a 4' difference in cables. When you setup your AVR it uses the length of the distance between the speaker and your seat. It doesn't care about the cable length.
    thanks for the reply

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    My AVR/Amp is close to left speaker planning to get 1 meter (4.92 feet) MIT Shotgun S3 for Left and 8 Feet MIT Shotgun S3 for Right will this have any effect?
    This is a non-issue because the shortest speaker cable lenght MIT sells is 8 feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    This is a non-issue because the shortest speaker cable lenght MIT sells is 8 feet.


    Joe also have 1.5 meter cables

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    Speaker cables???
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Speaker cables???
    My bad... they are RCAs you are correct minumum is 8 feet .

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    Ok, color me stupid today, why on earth would you need an 8 ft RCA cable ? The rca's go from receiver to amp, no way those are 8 ft. apart.

    Speaker cables should be bought in equal lengths, with a tad extra just in case you have to move gear around, rearrange the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Ok, color me stupid today, why on earth would you need an 8 ft RCA cable ? The rca's go from receiver to amp, no way those are 8 ft. apart.
    My rack is 5 feet tall, I need 6 feet to go from the receiver on top shelf to the amp on the bottom shelf. The need for 8 ft isn't really that hard to imagine. But I believe he was talking about speaker wires.

    Speaker cables should be bought in equal lengths, with a tad extra just in case you have to move gear around, rearrange the room.
    Why should they be equal lengths? My equipment is in the back corner of the room, they aren't equal lengths. Speaker wire should be in the wall, not on the floor like most amateur installs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    My rack is 5 feet tall, I need 6 feet to go from the receiver on top shelf to the amp on the bottom shelf. The need for 8 ft isn't really that hard to imagine. But I believe he was talking about speaker wires.


    Why should they be equal lengths? My equipment is in the back corner of the room, they aren't equal lengths. Speaker wire should be in the wall, not on the floor like most amateur installs.
    While your situation may be unique, definitely not the norm. Also, speaker wire in the wall ? Also not the norm, nice to do, but not the norm. Usually speakers are set equal distances from center, and people usually re-arrange rooms over time too so hence my thoughts. Not written in stone, but this is usually why when you buy speaker cables, they come in equal lengths.

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    Why should they be equal lengths?
    Well, for one thing in the case of better cable, that's the way they come.

    Speaker wire should be in the wall, not on the floor like most amateur installs.
    I've never seen a serious 2 channel rig with in wall speaker cable.
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    Not to mention in-wall speaker cables makes it a tad hard to try new cables every so often.

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    In wall speaker cables add more unnecessary connections. A big audiophile no-no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    Speaker wire should be in the wall, not on the floor like most amateur installs.
    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I've never seen a serious 2 channel rig with in wall speaker cable.
    Apparently, you associate with serious amateurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    Apparently, you associate with serious amateurs.
    After all these years.....who knew!
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    See PFB, everyone forgot their part in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Not to mention in-wall speaker cables makes it a tad hard to try new cables every so often.
    I don't believe in wasting time listening to cables. I listen to music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    In wall speaker cables add more unnecessary connections. A big audiophile no-no.

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    No extra connections, I use these in the wall behind the rack, and a single hole behind each speaker:

    http://www.amazon.com/DataComm-45-00...ds=wall+plates

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    WilliamM2, I've got to hand it to you, you're always good for a chuckle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    WilliamM2, I've got to hand it to you, you're always good for a chuckle.
    I'm sure I get just as much entertainment from your posts, so it all evens out.

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    There you go, making me laugh again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    Speaker wire should be in the wall, not on the floor like most amateur installs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    I don't believe in wasting time listening to cables. I listen to music.
    To bad you can't hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    I don't believe in wasting time listening to cables. I listen to music.
    ....and you can't listen to music without cables. Also lends itself to.....you can't listen to better music if you never try better cables/gear.

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    F-1 I know exactly what William m2 is talking about .I've pre wired hundreds of houses for both alarm and music.and all are home runs w/ no splices anywhere. It's up to the customer as to what wire he/she wants to use w/ our instruction and how long the runs were.We usually used Carol 12gu in wall class 2 w/ either new work boxes to except ready made plates for banana plugs or just a 6/8' tail of wire coming out of lets say a cable plate w/ the f-connector removed. At the amp end all would be marked w/ tape or #tags and either go to a speaker selector3gang plate or to the amp it'self depending on how big the system was.If not planned right then yes YSOOL,so that's why you have a sit down between electrician,alarm dude, and designer to get all the stars aligned.

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    Lew, he's a cable/gear naysayer, that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    To bad you can't hear it.
    Too bad you never learned to spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I've never seen a serious 2 channel rig with in wall speaker cable.
    Sounds like a serious lack of experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    Sounds like a serious lack of experience.

    Just the opposite William. You'll find just by looking on other forums, viewing pics, the majority of good 2 channel systems don't use in-wall cables.
    Another reason why is because in-walls will require additional footage, and when we are talking better more expensive cable, it makes no sense.
    Maybe your satisfied with your cables and never intend to use anything else, which is fine and dandy....for you.

    But calling the ones who don't use in-walls "amateur" ,LOL well that's just amateur in itself.

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    No, I get what William is saying. I mean, if you see the cable, you just THINK it sounds better because the cables are so damn purdy. If they're hidden, then you're not lying to yourself anymore.




    I really hope Mr. M2 is talking about HT installs and not a 2 channel system.
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