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    Default Picked up some different wire

    As most of you know I subrscibed that the branded wire was not for me even if I could afford it.As I have said for my mains my Polk 2Bs the longest run is 8' and the nearest is a foot away from the amp.Over the weekend I did my usual garage sale hop along and came across a set of 10' 12 guage Audio Quest speaker cables w/bananas on the speaker end and pins on the other which is exactly what I needed because I run all my speeks through a selector. Mind you these were /are in great shape no peeling ,shedding of the jacket and the ends are done well to my eyes.Do I hear any difference, I really don't know and leaning deffinitly not worse by any standards but way better I do not think so. True, they are not Doug's, Blue Jeans.Signal,Kimber or all the other high tagged brands.So for a big $10 I went for it but still not a beliver unless it's just a latteral move from my world famous 14gu. clear.Just keep in mind they are a gu lower, very cost effective and w/o losing out on either being to short or long and on the short 1 I did run it out and not in a coil.

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    I'd suspect as long as that speaker selector is in the chain, audible differences won't be as prevalent.
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    I have heard of this before.It wouldn't be to much to go directly to the Adcom as I think the pins are small enough to fit in the holes of the binding posts. So I just might try this one out. Just how much does a switcher detract from going direct ,after all they are basically push/pull on off switches that is powered through the amp.Also the device itself is literally on top of the Adcom if that matters and my other speaker runs w/ my 14 gu are about 13/15 runs.I just threw in some pix so you get the idea of the distances I'm talking about, obviously the 2Bs are front and center now.

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    I am no expert nor am I an authority on cables. Keep in mind that speaker cables are only one of many components that make up a system. It is quite possible that in your system, those cables will make little to no difference, but that does not mean that they are not an improvement over lamp cord. Synergy is a term often used to describe a systems ability to deliver everything it can when all of the components of the system are functioning on a similar level of performance. It may be that those cables are capable of delivering more, but there isn't anything more being pumped into them. For $10 I think you did really well, and if nothing else, at least these cables are more attractive than lamp cord. In the end, have fun, and remember that it is all about the music and what you like.
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    I see your up early in deer country. I like your approach but I think I'm going to hear a lot more that the switcher is defeating the purpose of going w/ a solo 2chll set up. Before I had the Polks had also had Bose 601s, and Infinity SM 112s,JBL 2060s so I always had multiple sets of speakers in 1 room. The ones that I have now I call keepers w/ the 2Bs being top shelf, DCM TF 350s, a totally different sounding speaker and the ADC 303ax has that famous vintage east coast sound akin to AR2s, Rectilinear ,Frazier and the like.I've said many times I do like the variety of switching off from time to time and if room allowed the Polks would stand alone.For $10 bucks I gain lower guage and factory ends at the very least.
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    The switcher is just more junk added to the signal path. The less, the better.
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    I would just take the switcher out and see whether I could hear a difference.

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