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Gene Flynn

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Speaker cable- even lengths?
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:16:26 pm »

I would think ideally you would want an even pair of speaker cable going to a set of speakers..  My amp rack is set up in a way were its off to one side, so I could run a 6' cable to one side but need a 17' cable to the other..  Is it ok to do that or should I just have 2 - 17'ers??? 
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 01:35:43 pm »

Relax, don't worry, be happy... (or do a search).

Not a problem.

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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 02:08:52 pm »

You won't have any noticeable difference with that short of cable length.  With excessively long cables, there would be some signal loss in the cable, but that would be correctable by simply adjusting the gain up on the channel with the longer cable to compensate for the loss.  Not a biggie.
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 04:30:19 pm »

If you are running subs to each side of the stage, and damping factor is of importance, you may want to run equal lengths.  If not, you could get more of a "punch" from once side of the amp (which may be ok), but could distort your impression of how your system is performing; especially if your far side speaker is not "punching" the same way.

...this may be too much, but thought it could be included.
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 05:33:08 pm »

If you are running subs to each side of the stage, and damping factor is of importance, you may want to run equal lengths.  If not, you could get more of a "punch" from once side of the amp (which may be ok), but could distort your impression of how your system is performing; especially if your far side speaker is not "punching" the same way.

...this may be too much, but thought it could be included.
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 05:48:11 pm »

In todays world damping factor has far less meaning than it may have had 20, 30, 40 years ago. Forget about cable length and be more concerned with cable gauge. Use #12 at a minimum and damping becomes just another PHITS (piss hole in the snow).
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 07:31:08 pm »

Even way back in 1947:

The debate over damping factor is hardly a recent
one. For example, the following letter appears
in the August 1947 issue of Wireless World:
In your April issue, D. T. N. Williamson
refers to electromagnetic damping of a baffle-
loaded loudspeaker, through low output
resistance of the amplifier, as being important.
I used to think so myself, and was the
first to use the word "damping factor" but
my belief was much shaken by the following
argument. .....................
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 09:45:17 pm »

Relax, don't worry, be happy...

If you must worry do a search. Then stop worrying.

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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2014, 05:41:26 am »

punch ? i'v heard of drinking the kool-aid. but punch ? i donno. 
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Re: Speaker cable- even lengths?
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2014, 07:37:17 am »

If you are running subs to each side of the stage, and damping factor is of importance, you may want to run equal lengths.  If not, you could get more of a "punch" from once side of the amp (which may be ok), but could distort your impression of how your system is performing; especially if your far side speaker is not "punching" the same way.

...this may be too much, but thought it could be included.
Unless the distances are REALLY different-or the gauges are really different or unless you have a set of "super ears", I HIGHLY doubt you could tell the difference in a blind test.

Yes there are differences-and they are measurable-but can your EAR tell the difference?  The differences in the loudspeaker cabinets is far going to swamp any differences in cable length.

Unless you are talking about a 10' cables and a 500' foot cable. MAYBE then you can tell a difference-if you listen hard enough.

Will the average person be able to tell-I seriously doubt it.
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