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Should fuses be considered wire or components?
Is wire not a component?
Oh YEAH !! seems everyone ignores the fact that inside your speaker is about 60-100 feet of guess what - 22-28 gauge commercial grade copper wire. So you have a $1000 speaker wire terminating on about ten bucks of copper - hum?
There's a difference between carrier components and working components. The speaker cable is a necessary evil. It shouldn't contribute anything to the task at hand and must simply do as little damage as possible as we move the speaker away from the amplifier.
The wire in a driver forms an electrical component and it does work. We don't expect to find an unscathed signal at the other end of it; we expect to find ground (usually). As such, it is chosen for completely different properties and it's already factored into the potential performance of the speaker.
What you can complain about is the few feet of hook-up wire in the speaker, though.
If so, so what?
Manufacturers of high quality loudspeaker drivers care very much about the characteristics of the wire they use to wind their voice coils, e.g. the electrical parameters of the wire and its insulation, the geometry of the wire, how it's wound on the former, etc.
The purpose of the voice coil wire is to produce a magnetic field. The wire going from the amp to the loudspeaker terminals serves a different purpose, so there's no basis for comparing their performance.
... "The wire going from the amp to the loudspeaker terminals serves a different purpose, so there's no basis for comparing their performance."
Actually, there is basis for performance comparisonss The purpose of the "wires" in both examples you cite is to conduct an electrical current. Physical configurations of conductors may be arranged to take advantage of the consequences of a "flowing" electrical current. In the case of a voice coil, low loss and low mass are also usually considered important. In the case of audiophile grade speaker cables, visual impressiveness is typically as important as electrical properties if not more so. ;-)
To confuse the issue with facts for this segment of the audience. :)
And what about the cheap stuff going from your $3K PL filter to the box? And that noisy awful stuff going from the box to the pole?
Where does it end?
One hypothesis is that the further you get away from the component's power supply, the less it matters. Which kind of makes sense considering that home electrical wiring is a poor conductor of RF. And it's not like there are "dirty" electrons traveling all the way from the power plant to your system. AC electrical circuits are not pipes.
My favorite is someone using a $500 power cord and extolling the sound signatures, when 8 feet above their head is a crappy splice box making that house line connection with a three cent partially oxidized wire nut.
Or better yet the outlets power line is connected simply by an old style 1/8th inch wide spring clip. But that magic rope IS working!
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