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In Reply to: RE: Speaker Cables - Which to Buy? posted by email@example.com on March 08, 2017 at 12:35:29
After reading your system profile,( Inmate's Systems) I'm wondering if addressing room acoustics (either thru passive or active methods) would have a more positive effect. Depends on if you're going to be at this location for the long haul of course. Since no cable I'm aware of is going to correct room acoustics, I would try something very reasonable as a few have suggested already. If you're looking for a cable that's available just about anywhere, I would suggest Supra. The Ply 3.4 would be a reasonable starting point. Good luck, but as always....YMMV.
Thank you for the Supra suggestion. Supra used to be widely available, but for some reason they are now difficult to find in the UK. No dealer at all in Hampshire!
However I can get them supplied from the importer. I've been looking at the very poor Supra website and see there are Ply cables, but also Linc, Quadrax and a much more costly XL Annorum.
Most of these cables are appreciable cheaper than my present Chord Odyssey cables, so I am wondering whether they'd actually offer an improvement in sound quality. They are very differently constructed and may be worth a try. I'm inclined to think the Quadrax in shotgun form may be better than Ply. Do you have any experience of these cables? Thanks
My experience is limited to the Ply 3.4, Rondo 2.5 and the 2.5 Classic. All easily punch above their respective price points. All can be sourced from Madisound here in the U.S. They also feature two different Quadrax versions that are terminated. Since all of these are manufactured in Sweden, I'm sure they'd be easy to find in Europe as well. I wouldn't get too hung up price vs. performance either. Many here and at Audiocircle have ended up prefering less expensive speaker cables such as the Duelund or WE #16 to the $1000 plus cables they had been using. All system dependant of course.
I agree. There's a lot of rubbish peddled by exotic cable vendors, mostly for their own unwarranted profits, but possibly more to encourage their dealers to sing the praises of grossly and unnecessarily over-priced cables - and other audio accessories for that matter.
I did have some Supra cables years ago, probably their first ones - 2.5 or 4.0 Classic I suspect. They were nicely flexible but I was persuaded to upgrade to Chord Odyssey. I'd always like to see and handle cables before purchase as how they connect to the amp and lay across the floor are important factors. The nearest Supra dealer is about 80 miles away so I'll try to visit when I going in their direction. However I would be prepared to pay a higher price if I can be convinced they'd be better. I don't want to lose any of the potential quality from £25K worth of kit.
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