i know firsthand from a/b'ing instrument cables what a difference their is between different companies/cables. but what about head to cab cables? I'm talking 2-4' cables. I've been using Todd's speaker and XLR cable's for the last 6-7 years, and have been very happy with them, but out of boredom I was reading a lot about head/cab cables. opinions seem to be ALL OVER the board on this one. do you guys think different head/cab speaker cables effect the sound?
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I went with the pcns 11 gauge dragon slayer lol. Picture shows the comparison between the livewire cable it replaced. Todd gives discounts to forum members so I wanted to get the best he offered knowing we were helping each other out.
Post by premiumplus (Dave) on Dec 31, 2017 13:26:11 GMT -7
For a 3 foot connection between an amp and a speaker? Just get a well built cable with good connectors and at least 18 gauge wire. You'll be fine. If you go to 6 footers, go to 16 gauge. PCNS makes great speaker and instrument cables, the assembly and components are second to none. Besides, Todd's a great guy to deal with. If you have any questions he won't steer you wrong.
EDIT: I just saw your phrase "Honest opinion". Honestly there is so much BS about cables out there that it makes me sick. It's especially bad in the high fidelity/home theater arena. You want low resistance, low capacitance, and low inductance in all cables, whether they're for speakers or interconnects. What counts the most is good quality wire, connectors and good construction. My honest .02 cents worth.
Between those two cables pictured, the major difference is the connector. The plug that PCNS uses is heavier-duty than the smaller one. It will last longer. Also it is very difficult to assemble a cable larger than 18 gauge with those smaller plugs. They are really made just for uses like guitar cables. I don't like to use guitar amp speaker cables smaller than 16 gauge. It's a little overkill but that's OK.
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