If you want to make your own, I'll be happy to snip you a foot of Nordost Flatline Gold-maybe trade for a cd?
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I am leaning towards trying some of the various alloy wires as it should not cost too much to try short lengths. So I'm now currently trying to find the best source(s) for it.
The various things I will have to consider are:
-terminate ends or not (if it is to be partial gold alloy it might not have the same oxidization issues pure copper has).
-gauge and configuration (for such a short length I don't know if I need to twist them as it probably doesn't need it nor be effected by outside interference unless I want to change inductance and capacitance and for such a short length how much would a few twists have anyways)
-maybe just bypass the connectors on the amp as jrinkerptdnet suggests and wire it internally.
-run bare or have some sort of teflon piping or cotton around it (which if running just shotgun probably should not be necessary).
For those others that have been down this road, please chime in.
Frankk, your findings are interesting to me since they contradict what Pierre at Mapleshade has been promoting for years... that 8 feet sounds better than shorter lengths under all circumstances. I'm using 4 feet and have often wondered if this was a mistake. I always thought the shorter the better and found Mapleshades theory hard to embrace. Not that I blindly would follow whatever Mapleshade sayes, just that I would assume they have spent alot more time and effort experimenting with this than I have the resources to do. I doubt if many others have tried a few inches of speaker wire. Anyone else out there want to chime in with their results from going to mere inches of the same wire they are used to in long lengths?