In my search for an Airbrake I came across a statement that said high quality speaker cables to and from the Airbrake make a huge difference and there was a burn in period. I don't doubt these claims but just want to understand more about guitar amp speaker cables. Q1: I understand that quality connectors, proper gauge and length is important for speaker cables. How does cable quality impact the sound? Q2: For guitar amps, what's an appropriate speaker cable gauge and length. Q3: Is this something that only a trained audiophile would notice or can anyone detect the differences in speaker cables. Q4: any recommendations on speaker cables for the airbrake?
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I try to keep my speaker cables as short as possible. As for what the exact gauge is, you got me there. All I know is that speaker cable is considerably thicker than regular guitar cable. I can recommend a place to you for high quality custom made cables that wont break the bank (unless you want them to). That place is Lava Cable.
I am currently using Canare cable with Neutrik & G&H jacks. Excellent sound quality and a very reasonable price. I'm in the process of upgrading all my cables to Evidence Audio but thats a slow & expensive process.
Post by benttop (Steve) on Apr 23, 2006 9:06:38 GMT -7
Well there is as much hokum as good info in this area. I have 4 foot speaker cables that are 12 gauge. But look up any reference on the web and they will all tell you that you don't need to go to 12 gauge until you are up around 40 feet driving a 2 ohm load. Here's the wire gauge recommendations from my Mackie M1400i users manual:
Up to 25 ft: 2 ohm load, use 14 AWG 4 ohm load, use 16 AWG 8 ohm load, use 18 AWG
Up to 40 ft: 2 ohm load, use 12 AWG 4 ohm load, use 14 AWG 8 ohm load, use 18 AWG
Up to 60 ft: 2 ohm load, use 10 AWG 4 ohm load, use 12 AWG 8 ohm load, use 16 AWG
Up to 100 ft: 2 ohm load, use 8 AWG 4 ohm load, use 10 AWG 8 ohm load, use 14 AWG
That amplifier is 1400 watts!
I think you can see a trend here - for a 3 foot speaker cord for a guitar amp, you can probably get away with 16 AWG or better no matter what. But I swear I heard a difference in the low end when I tried the 12 AWG cables! So I think it's going to depend on how much you're willing to spend. And how much hokum you're willing to buy into.
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