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In Reply to: RE: Is 16 gauge speaker wite ok to use with my Merlin TSMBME posted by Dawnrazor on July 04, 2020 at 12:16:31
When it comes to cabling, there's more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. Some folks like copper, others like silver. Solid core or stranded. Unplated or plated. Numerous dielectrics and geometries to choose from. Same thing goes for vibration control methods, with so many options available to choose from. With strong opinions of my own, there are only so many options I'm willing to try for my own wants and needs, with a number of designs that are popular to some folks, that I'm simply not willing to explore for myself. I mostly keep quiet about my opinions of such things, out of respect towards others who enjoy and advocate matters I'm either not interested in, or have experience of and don't care for when implemented within my own particular audio systems, based on my own listening tastes. Sometimes my decisions are based on direct experience, other times they are based on cable philosophy developed over the test of time, which can be considered personal bias that every listener has a right to hold onto as a way to approach cabling and other audiophile devices they either choose to explore or simply ignore.
Again, I'm not saying that what you hear is not the most enjoyable way to experience audio for your own wants and needs, since there are a lot of things going for solid core magnet wire with an enamel dielectric; I get it. Adding more 24 AWG conductors within a bundle opens-up a can of worms when it comes to the cable resonance of litz wire, so using a single solid core wire with a low-mass dielectric that's smaller than 22-21 AWG with minimal skin effect to deal with is an attractive idea, and I think it's the primary reason why you enjoy the simple DIY build for your own wants and needs; I get it. I have nothing but respect for your right to have a personal approach to cabling, and I don't want to come across as being so critical of it that others should not try it for themselves, and make a decision based on personal evaluation, if that's what they are interested in doing. Audio cables tend to have compromises, with no standard offering that everyone can agree upon. Same thing goes for all of the different kinds of audio components to choose from. To each his own, and listeners should feel grateful that there are so many options that they can select for their own audiophile wants and needs.
BTW, what is the purpose of the thick outer layer implemented for the shotgun run? Is there a single 24 AWG wire per polarity involved in the design?
can you narrow this down & address the impedance issue of wire gauge from his 60W tube amplifiers with low damping being part of the reflected load it will 'see' in tandem with his Merlins? I believe that is the feedback the OP seeks.
I'm thinking that the heavier the gauge he can use in the 8' runs he referenced the better the overall synergy of speaker + cabling + OPT
The OPs system involves both tube and solid state power amplification to choose from.
I would suggest Furez FZ124AS 12/4 bulk cable wired cross-connected with a star quad geometry if he just wants to choose an inexpensive option.
The Furez FZ124AS features a foamed/cellular dielectric and the stranded conductor features a coarser gauge core which affects both cable resonances and provides a firmer conductor bundle while still remaining very flexible, IMO.
It's the best inexpensive stranded speaker cable I've experienced.
sounds reasonable to me ...
Me too rv. 2x12AWG= 9AWG
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