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Trimming speaker wire

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Cut to fit placement of each speaker or both channels cut to same length? Due to room layout I'll have one speaker about 6 feet from amp and the other about 12 feet. I've got my cables cut now at 15 feet each. I often like to move my speakers around as well so are there any advantages to cutting the wires to the exact length you need like signal degradation over a longer wire and such? 

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I say leave them at 15 ft. each....If you can hear any difference between 6 and 12 ft....buy a lottery ticket.

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18 minutes ago, Harleywood said:

signal degradation over a longer wire

Yes, be careful. You could loose 0.000001 % of your signal if you cut it. :)  As an aside ... never understood why some people buy $100 speaker cables.  Somehow I think I am going to hear about this comment. :)  I use standard 12/14 gauge cable.

Cheers, Emile

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4 minutes ago, Emile said:

Somehow I think I am going to hear about this comment.

Nah, don't worry, we've had this discussion before.....about 100 times...

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5 minutes ago, Emile said:

You could loose 0.000001 % of your signal if you cut it.

You mean if you don't cut it, right?:)

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24 minutes ago, Ceptorman said:

I agree. I leave mine a little long just in case I move things around.

Careful now, this is a family forum.....

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Just now, jimjimbo said:

Careful now, this is a family forum.....

That made me chuckle 

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7 minutes ago, babadono said:

You mean if you don't cut it, right?

OK; I stand corrected ... 100% if you cut it :) 

Cheers, Emile

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32 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

Keep at same length.  Otherwise you will not be able to sleep at night.

 

I already can't sleep and that will make it worse? I'm doomed. I trimmed some off the other night and I think I took more off the left that I did the right. Be right back…

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17 minutes ago, Emile said:

Yes, be careful. You could loose 0.000001 % of your signal if you cut it. :)  As an aside ... never understood why some people buy $100 speaker cables.  Somehow I think I am going to hear about this comment. :)  I use standard 12/14 gauge cable.

Cheers, Emile

 

Im using 12 gauge now. Same wire I bought when I bought the Epics back in 1996. Have some Nakamichi banana plugs coming Monday and will probably replace the wire with 8 gauge. 

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2 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

get your tape measure and fix it.  They MUST be equal length.

For Klipsch speakers the wires must be equal to 1/64 th of an inch. For Epic's it's +/- 50%. :) 

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They MUST be the exact same length. Also you will need to count the total strands on the left AND right wires to verify they are the same on both sides.

 

A little cumbersome but well worth the effort......

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remember the wire inside the speaker is pretty cheap stuff... probably 16 gauge 

and....  oh my gosh... the voice coil is gonna be over 15 feet and probably 22 gauge or smaller! 

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5 minutes ago, TasDom said:

you will need to count the total strands on the left AND right wires

He is switching to 8 gauge wire ... probably more than 20 strands ... most of us only have 20 fingers/toes :( Now what to do? :) 

Cheers, Emile

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14 minutes ago, Emile said:

He is switching to 8 gauge wire ... probably more than 20 strands ... most of us only have 20 fingers/toes :( Now what to do? :) 

Cheers, Emile

I can count to 21 :D   well actually 20 1/2 :angry:

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39 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

get your tape measure and fix it.  They MUST be equal length.

 

As per normal - OT is correct. I've found that for each one inch difference in L-R speaker wire length I need to rotate the balance control approximately 1/8 inch to compensate. There is a mathematical formula to calculate electron speed through various cable metals but I won't bore you with the  calculations. Suffice to say - just cut 'em even!

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Now you're just getting silly.  The important thing to remember is ideally you should be using 2 gauge for jump starting your car.  

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