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    Default Looking to buy high quality speaker cables. Do you have what I need?

    After purchasing Face's Mapletree Line 2A (thanks for the suggestion, bobsauto49) I have begin upgrading all my cabling. l This thing has taken my 2 channel listening to a level which I never thought possible. The only thing left is to get a good high quality speaker cable (6-8 feet), of which I would need two pair. I would prefer one side to have spade plugs and the other side to have locking banana plugs. I know I can just order some on Amazon but would rather give my money to someone here on the forum. Would like to keep the cost to around a Benny. I would consider custom built cables. Used cables should show no sign of wear. Thanks!
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    Can't help you, but I am curious why one side needs spades, and the other bananas. I doubt if many people have a pair like that, but some vendors do offer the ability to adapt the end to whatever you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    Can't help you, but I am curious why one side needs spades, and the other bananas. I doubt if many people have a pair like that, but some vendors do offer the ability to adapt the end to whatever you need.
    My Martin Logans cannot accept spades, just Banana plugs, pins, or bare wire. The spades will connect to the amp so I can get it closer to the wall.
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    Okay. I understand. Duh.

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    Somebody's got to have a set of speaker cables lying around, right? Hook a brother up.
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    I've got audioquest cv-8's, but it'd take more than a bill. I do have monster z3 cables that I'd sell for $100 shipped, not sure if you're interested in those though.
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    Check out Clear Day cables. Paul is great to deal with and will send you a set to audition before laying out any money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratster View Post
    Check out Clear Day cables. Paul is great to deal with and will send you a set to audition before laying out any money.
    What would you take for them and what's with the battery things?
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    I have a pair of MIT's? $5250 or I have a pair of wireworld silver eclipse 3 meters. I also have some apolloav speaker cables that arevery well made and soundgreat for cheap.

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    High quality cables....for 100 bucks....with exact terminations no less, somebody better shake you to wake you up. LOL.

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    Dskip, how much would you take for them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    I have a pair of MIT's? $5250 or I have a pair of wireworld silver eclipse 3 meters. I also have some apolloav speaker cables that arevery well made and soundgreat for cheap.
    Only a tad more than what the OP wants to spend, perhaps he will sleep on it.

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    Man I have the exact same speakers and just got some MIT Avt 2's and they sound awesome with the ESL's. I started a thread a while back and had lots of good info and opinions on cables. For your price range if you don't find anything used check out Signal Cables, that's what i'd get for the $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    High quality cables....for 100 bucks....with exact terminations no less, somebody better shake you to wake you up. LOL.
    High quality to me is not necessarily high quality to you. I just went on the Blue Jean site and put together two pair of 500UP cables with 25 degree spades on one side and locking bananas on the other side. All for $143. And they're going to be ultrasonically welded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    I have a pair of MIT's? $5250 or I have a pair of wireworld silver eclipse 3 meters. I also have some apolloav speaker cables that arevery well made and soundgreat for cheap.
    You are on the crack thinking I'm buying the MITs. What are you asking for the apolloavs and do you have any pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gudnoyez View Post
    Only a tad more than what the OP wants to spend, perhaps he will sleep on it.
    He'll ship them, uninsured, to the wrong address. Should be a great adventure...
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    I think I changed my mind and may be getting four of these. What do you all think? Of course, they are the single wire variety.

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    give forum member doug a call for custom cables.
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    Like I said before, sign up for the MIT cable demo program. At least they will give you a bench mark.
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    A hundred bucks is a lot of money for a couple of strips of wire. Having said that, I've done it. I bought a pair of Signal Cable Ultra speaker cables for just over a hundred. They look nice and Frank will terminate them to your specifications. He even gives a Club Polk discount of 5%. Highest recommendations if you're in the market for designer cabling that's built to last.

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    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...speaker-cables

    See if they are still up for sale...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    High quality cables....for 100 bucks....with exact terminations no less, somebody better shake you to wake you up. LOL.
    So, have you always been rich? Have you listened to the cheaper options? What do us "financially embarrassed" folks do? Give up all hope of thinking that we can get a system together that allows us to enjoy the music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleBoot View Post
    So, have you always been rich? Have you listened to the cheaper options? What do us "financially embarrassed" folks do? Give up all hope of thinking that we can get a system together that allows us to enjoy the music?
    Us "financially embarassed" folks find bang for buck options. $100 is a tough sell even used as you can easily approach that number with connectors alone. Don't underestimate the impact a good cable makes on a rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OleBoot View Post
    So, have you always been rich? Have you listened to the cheaper options? What do us "financially embarrassed" folks do? Give up all hope of thinking that we can get a system together that allows us to enjoy the music?
    and by your post count and join date, I am going to guess you don't really know the folks around here or their sense of humor.
    tonyb is one of the best, a stand up individual who worked with me exhaustively to purchase a VERY nice set of IC's with little risk and a super great deal.
    The OP DOES ask for a lot for $100...... but tony isn't trying to belittle him or anyone else in the same spot.
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    I wound up going with Audio Advisor cables. 8', spade/banana. $137 with 3 day shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OleBoot View Post
    So, have you always been rich? Have you listened to the cheaper options? What do us "financially embarrassed" folks do? Give up all hope of thinking that we can get a system together that allows us to enjoy the music?
    Oh geez...

    No, I certainly wasn't belittling anyone and spending more than 100 bucks doesn't determine one must be rich. Simply put, given the OP's gear list, I believe he could benefit from better cables. However, what the man decides on his up to him, no skin off my nose. As long as he likes what he hears, who gives a rats arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Oh geez...

    No, I certainly wasn't belittling anyone and spending more than 100 bucks doesn't determine one must be rich. Simply put, given the OP's gear list, I believe he could benefit from better cables. However, what the man decides on his up to him, no skin off my nose. As long as he likes what he hears, who gives a rats arse.
    Sorry, five posts and I'm taking a pop at the regulars on here. One glass of Chateau de Plonque too many. The reason I snapped is that I am currently trying to get the readies together to redo some Monitor 10s I got quite a few months back and forgot to budget for cables, so $100 sounds like a lot at the moment when tacked on to the rest of the expense. Thinking of something DIY. Will ask for some opinions in the DIY forum. BTW, good to see that they spell arse correctly in Chicago (I'm English)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleBoot View Post
    Sorry, five posts and I'm taking a pop at the regulars on here. One glass of Chateau de Plonque too many. The reason I snapped is that I am currently trying to get the readies together to redo some Monitor 10s I got quite a few months back and forgot to budget for cables, so $100 sounds like a lot at the moment when tacked on to the rest of the expense. Thinking of something DIY. Will ask for some opinions in the DIY forum. BTW, good to see that they spell arse correctly in Chicago (I'm English)
    Wine in a box is your answer. Think of all the money you'll save and can apply towards a cable purchase.

    Canare 4s11 gets high praises around here for getting your feet wet in DIY speaker cables. My first (non-clearcoat) cable purchase was a used set of Belkin Pure AV cables. I spent little money but was able to hear a difference, before deciding on spending more money on even better cables.

    edit: Also, Doug from Douglas Connection (mentioned above) sells DIY cables by the foot and gives a discount to Polk forum members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermitism View Post
    Wine in a box is your answer. Think of all the money you'll save and can apply towards a cable purchase.

    Canare 4s11 gets high praises around here for getting your feet wet in DIY speaker cables. My first (non-clearcoat) cable purchase was a used set of Belkin Pure AV cables. I spent little money but was able to hear a difference, before deciding on spending more money on even better cables.

    edit: Also, Doug from Douglas Connection (mentioned above) sells DIY cables by the foot and gives a discount to Polk forum members.
    Wine in a box? I'd stop buying food to eat before that !

    So I have been searching all over here for info on DIY cables, and manage to miss the reference to the Douglas Connection site in a thread I reply to. Just had a quick look, and looks really interesting - broad price range and all the required parts in one place.

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    You get great customer service with Doug. He'll answer any questions you have.

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