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    Default Unequal speaker cable length

    I could save a bit of coin ordering cable just in the lengths I need... 8ft and 15ft.

    Would there be any detrimental effects?
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    It will take a second or two longer for the sound to reach the speaker with the longer cable.












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    Shouldn't make any difference. In my experience anyway.

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    Other than the audio Gods sending a bolt of lightning your way? No.
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    It makes no audio difference with speaker cables being unequal length. Unless they where extremely long and short or of different gauge or incorrect gauge for the system , you will be fine at those lengths.

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    I have always been told just the opposite
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    From what I have read there is a difference but it may or may not be noticeable. Personally, that would be too big a difference for me.

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    Same here. I have had differences in speaker distances from the amp but I always kept the wire runs the same length.

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    The electrical travel time differences could not be heard but my OCD requires me to use the same lenght.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    the electrical travel time differences could not be heard but my ocd requires me to use the same lenght.
    +1...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    The electrical travel time differences could not be heard but my OCD requires me to use the same lenght.
    Funny... found this post in AVS forum:

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...72#post9836372
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    I have them equal in my 2 channel system, but in my HT the FL, RL, and CC are 8', while the FR and RR are 16'. This is using 'good' speaker wire, and I cannot tell any difference from the different lengths. But, man o man did I hear a tremendous improvement when I went from hardware store 12 gauge to the 'good' speaker wire.

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    my front three are all the same length, the surrounds are the same length.
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    Different lengths of speaker cables are a non issue until you push the limit at about 500'. Even then Superman would have a tough time hearing any difference between different lenghts.
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    Not the point Phil! Do you or would you use different lengths of speaker wire? I think not buddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    The electrical travel time differences could not be heard but my OCD requires me to use the same lenght.
    Same here. (I hate when people do this with no link...)but I read somewhere that having your speaker cable lengths off by several hundred feet would be the same as shifting your head (ears included :D) 1/2" off center from the "sweet spot."

    Even if the distances from the amp are different, I'll have the total length of the cables be the same.

    I think the key though is to keep the runs as SHORT as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hearingimpared View Post
    Not the point Phil! Do you or would you use different lengths of speaker wire? I think not buddy.
    Joe, with my system layout the speakers cables are the same length. If by chance that wasn't possible, I wouldn't be the least bit concerned over it though. There just isn't any audible difference in different length speaker cables until you approach 500'...not likely in a home system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmaker737 View Post
    Funny... found this post in AVS forum:

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...72#post9836372
    this ( http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...4&postcount=14 ) is the best post evah!!

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    Posts like that is why I don't join that forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    Joe, with my system layout the speakers cables are the same length. If by chance that wasn't possible, I wouldn't be the least bit concerned over it though. There just isn't any audible difference in different length speaker cables until you approach 500'...not likely in a home system.
    No **** Sherlock but you are just as OCD as the rest of us!!!:D:p

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Posts like that is why I don't join that forum.
    Amen Brother. It would be like World War III!

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    With respect to two channel I always use the same lengths..but as for surround I often have different lengths for L/R surrounds because of the way I have to run the wire. Since the current travels at near light speeds...I think you'd be hard pressed to hear a diffference? I mean we're not talking about 700+ miles an hour (mach 1) but less than a light second (186,000 mpsecond)? No?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    With respect to two channel I always use the same lengths..but as for surround I often have different lengths for L/R surrounds because of the way I have to run the wire. Since the current travels at near light speeds...I think you'd be hard pressed to hear a diffference? I mean we're not talking about 700+ miles an hour (mach 1) but less than a light second (186,000 mpsecond)? No?

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    Even knowing that the difference most likely isn't audible, I couldn't use different lengths of wire. EXTREME ANAL RETENTIVENESS!!!:D

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    I am always very suspicious of the human senses as a measurement tool, especially ears, which are much less sensitive than eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hearingimpared View Post
    EXTREME ANAL RETENTIVENESS!!!:D
    BULLSHART! :p :D :D :D :p

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    i made my runs equal lengths. as mentioned previously, OCD commands this be done.

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    OCD, as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    OCD, as in Obsessive Cable Disorder?
    Fixed it for ya.

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    Quote:
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    OCD, as in Obsessive Cable Disorder?

    Fixed it for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Posts like that is why I don't join that forum.
    but it is a fantastic forum with some really knowledgeable folks for the most part.. some of them can be asses though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hearingimpared View Post
    No **** Sherlock but you are just as OCD as the rest of us!!!:D:p
    Hey Holmes, I'm ever more anal than you (if that's possible ). I use this method of measurement & kill two birds (salmon really) with one stone. Once I lay them out end to end, I then lay the speaker cable next to them stretching from nose to tail. Once I'm happy with "precise" equal measurements, I then grill them up for a superb dinner!!! :D;) There you have it...spot on equal cable lenghts & dinner!!!!

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