With speaker cables, how long is too long?
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    With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    Is there an optimal length for speaker cables? Do you run 20' or 30' cables? Longer?


    Obviously they need to be long enough to actually connect the speakers.
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    I've seen 14ga speaker cable run 100feet powering a pair of JBL's S3900, sounded pretty darn good.

    And no doubt 12 ga would go a lot further.
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    The old adage goes Long ICs, Short SCs...
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    There is no, one size fits all answer.
    It comes down to the end-to-end resistance/impedance of the cable with respect to the impedance curve of the loudspeaker.

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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    The shorter the better! I wouldn't buy cables longer than 8 feet. I can hear differences between 8 and 10 feet and I'm talking about hi-end cables!
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    I agree the shorter the better & <8ft is best. I use 2.0 mtr sc's which is fortunately enough for my setup. And that has allowed me to upgrade to Jorma's flagship Statement cables. The longer the length required, obviously cost goes up and then you're potentially faced with the need to compromise on the level of cables you buy such as going for the next model down, or look 2nd hand.

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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    I really think it all depends on the efficiency of your speakers, the amp, the distance and your EARS.
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    My Everest loudspeaker cables are 8ft long. The downside with them is that they are terribly rigid and therefore complicated to position.
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    I use 7m interconnects to my amps and 6' speaker cables. For a long run I prefer the long interconnects.
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    Re: With speaker cables, how long is too long?

    Transparent does not make any speaker cable under 8 feet. I know they have experimented with shorter distances and their research showed that they didn't work as well. Maybe some one can give the exact details why? I know I read it somewhere years ago but I didn't memorize it...
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