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In Reply to: RE: ...And then every time we change speakercable, we should change... posted by jeffreybehr on August 16, 2012 at 10:40:43
...but what's that got to do with using the SAME cable internally?
So my question remains--every time we replace our speakercable with better ones, we should change the amp's internal wiring?
IMO it's LOTS easier to install the best-possible cable internally...ONCE. After all, there can't be more than a foot or 3 in there.
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18 gauge solid silver with a teflon jacket. Change the speaker cables to your heart's desire and whatever your wallet is capable of doing but, at the very least, you know the internals of the amp are good to go with anything you throw at it.
And we're only talking about maybe a foot of wire each in a pair of monoblocks.
Silver in teflon may work for you but made my 45 amp an ear-bleeder. The late, lamented, 28 ga. solid XLO copper in Teflon was just right for signal, to my ears. Still is.
Lately, in my Simple SE I'm using Cardas 23.5ga Litz Wire. It's also going in my current P-P KT-88 project.
Inches of cable do make a difference. Everything makes a difference if the circuit and your ears are any good.
Oh, and the conventional wisdom about using component leads to eliminate wire runs is just plain wrong. I don't spec top quality magnetics and hardware, then use "pot" metal to hook things up. Component leads get cut to the nub and soldered to quality wire, which BTW, doesn't wind up being any longer than the component leads. DUH! (Ignore rant for PCBs)
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Do you cut off an inch or two of component lead so you can solder another wire to the part? I believe the extra solder joint would affect sonics more than an extra inch of wire. Most quality components have copper leads. What wire is so superior that you can detect a difference of a few inches?
Besides, soldering to a "nub" on a capacitor could lead to destruction of the cap. Even an inch or two of lead will dissipate a lot of heat before it gets to sensitive dielectric layers.
Interesting. Can you post a picture?
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