I've never used the Kimber, but am very impressed with Morrow SP2 with bare wire termination. Morrow is always having some kind of sale going on. Get on his email list.
48 responses Add your response
You are not yet in a place where you have to worry about ruining your speakers. Certainly not the cable.
Order what you need from Blue Jean Cables. You will be happy with what you get - top of the line mainstream cable from the big players like Canare and Belden properly terminated, and you will be happy with what you pay.
SR Alpha Quad x2 active (preowned) is a good choice right off for music and movies.
Audio Art does a real good job with their stuff.
The Canare 4S11 is not a bad choice either to begin with... I use it in my HT for center & rears. terminated or bare. Single or biwired, your choice as it has four separate conductors. For the $$$ these are pretty decent wires.
KImber 8TC is a very good cable which I have used in the past. I strongly recommend trying the Anticables which I have used to replace my very expensive high end Cardas speaker cables. The Anticables may be entry level cost, but their performance is not. I have heard good things regarding the other recommendations from other posters but have never heard those cables.
I would second Blindjim's recommendation of Canare 4s11 or even 4s8 cable for your situation. You can buy either in bulk and either terminate them yourself or just use bare wire. The 4s11 is $1.17 a foot from markertek.com. It's flexible and easy to work with and comes in a nice, neutral gray color. The 4s8 is only $.55 a foot and should be fine unless you get a really powerful amp and some speakers that will pull a lot of juice. I've used both alongside the entry level Cardas and Dh Labs cables and couldn't hear anything that made the extra cost seem worthwhile.
Bare wire is best, IMO, but most people choose spades or bananas out of convenience, or to provide a little more contact surface area with binding posts.
Having owned both Anti Cables and Canare 4S11, I think the Canare is a little more conducive to bare wire installation because the wire itself is more flexible, and because it's multi stranded it will spread under pressure and give you more contact area on the binding posts.
Put a little CAIG ProGold on the bare wire and install them. You're good to go.
The Anti Cables may work better with spades for the reason of increased contact surface area.
It's down to personal preferences.
I might help to understand that for most people (especially the gearheads) this hobby is a journey - you start somewhere and go from there as your tastes, listening skills and budget evolve (not necessarily in that order but you get the idea)
Little known fact but a very few manufacturers make most of the wire used by the entire industry. It's an expensive undertaking. Some companies have custom runs done with their own "formulation" but there are minimum orders...
Companies buy from them, then add various combinations of insulation (teflon, cotton, PTFE) cosmetics (techflex and shrinkwrap in fancy colors) and nice connectors...For instance single pair of RCA males can cost from about $2 to $400.
There are a lot of people who think that a bare wire is the best possible amp to speaker connection - all you have to be able to do is strip insulation...
There is also a very strong DIY tradition in a portion of the community. Lots of info and what are called "recipes" around. Go to Audioasylum dot come and vhaudio dot com
In all fairness the anti-cables are a legitimate design alternative - I have never heard them but they have stood the test of a few years on this board which is generally flavor of the month oriented
And you can't get hurt with 30 or 60 day moneyback guarantees - worth it to learn to hear the differences - its kind of backwards but the less difference you hear, the less you have to worry about it. There are a ton of factors that determine your sound in your room - cable is nowhere near the top of the list.
So start with one or the other, or roll your own. markertek and partsexpress are both good resources, there are many others.
Don't sweat it.You could have system multiples better and while I think Kimber makes excellent product for buck go for cheapies (even home dept 16 gauge extension cords would do) and them get Kimber latter.Heard anti is good and have bought Blue Jean before and they work fine.Put more into the cake,then the frosting and make the cables the sprinkles.Go for short speaker cable lengths and first spring for source to reciver cables and then splurge on speaker wires.
The neat thing about any hobby is this.... When it comes to descerning quality.. you're the judge and jury.
or you should be.
If what you mean is which measuring stick should be used, that's another subject. many go with the attempt to emulate live music. Some shoot for imaging and ambient retreval. some like it wet, big andd fat... Many choose sheer neutraility across the board.
Reality, or the illusion of it with the addition of platable ease and flow are my preffs. If there's to be a compromise with regard to neautraility, I'll lean towards warmth... albeit not by a lot.
I don't think there truly is a Holy Grail in any facet of this hobby... as to cables, preamps,sources, etc.
Some good road signs that one is headed in the right direction IMO, are
A broad smile on your face when the music is playing
Knees bobing up and down
turning it off is not a predominant thought
Jaw on floor
Numerous bruises from repeated pinchings, stemming from
Anxious desire to hear more of the collection
Continued yawning throughout the day from lack of sleep due to extensive listening sessions.
Results will vary of course.
The real trick... the key to all this IMO, is being happy with what you have, rather than looking towards that next addition to your system as being the magic pill that will supply it to you.
Look at the virtual systems posted here, and the threads pertinent to the pieces within them. get out to dealers and audition some things. Attend live shows. Pay attention to properly matchintg components, with regard to one another.
you'll be fine i'm sure... mostly though... enjoy listening to the music.
You guys have given such great information and recommendation. Thanks for all the input. I think, since I'm just starting to get into everything, I'm going to start off with something cheaper and then upgrade as I am able to. I'm only 24 and with a medium-range income, so it's a work in progress. But thanks again for all the input, you'll probably be hearing from me again :)
I've seen a lot of 8TC, in 7 to 10ft pairs, sell for under $200. IE: (http://cgi.ebay.com/KIMBER-CABLE-8TC-Speaker-Cables-Terminated-7-6-ft-pair_W0QQitemZ300296392435QQihZ020QQcategoryZ14966QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) Many on AudiogoN also, but the stuff goes fast, because it's so popular.
Supra is definitely good stuff. I cabled my HT with the 3.4Ply. I like that the copper is tinned which means no maintenance going forward. I did implement the shield system which seems to work - the background is inky black. I used the Audioquest bananas - gold over copper - and for a cost effective system I am very pleased. Warm, nice detail.
I also built a pair of power cables for my Flying Mole 100 amps which run the rears. I used the 2.5 - its a very well made, super flexible cable. I paired it with the Furu F-11 Cus, and covered it in techflex. Couldn't be happier. It handles well and sounds good.
Before I jumped I did as much research as I could - these products while unknown in the US are in fact highly regarded in the EU.
Lars, their US rep is very helpful - nice folks to do business with.
And I appreciate the fact that this is an honest to god manufacturing company that makes what they sell in their own factories and has a point of view about what works.
Visit the Supra home site: http://www.jenving.se/
To extend Audiofeil's point about explicit disclosure, it's in your best interest to be meticulous about pointing out your potential financial interest in a comment, whether as a dealer or a seller of something listed on the site. It's one of the best things you can do to increase your credibility in the long run and credibility is the thing that makes this site work.
I can say honestly I have never had anyone contact me based on a thread that I left on Audiogon, let alone purchase anything from me based on a thread. Meaning I have never benefited financially from these threads. I have no financial interest.
Besides if someone were to look for a dealer near them and say that I was a dealer then they could clearly see the connection. They would put two and two together and just say "hey this is the guy on Audiogon who recommended this product".
I think "goners" deserve more credit then you are giving them.
I think people deserve to know every time I post a response to a thread that I am a dealer and not just threads where I make mention of a product that I carry. I could very well have a used piece of gear advertised here and then go on threads and in stealth mode to promote that piece. Not sure how many members may be doing just that.
So my advice would be for you to announce that you are a dealer every time you are on a thread. I am sure that would help your business.
"I could very well have a used piece of gear advertised here and then go on threads and in stealth mode to promote that piece."
Yes - and that would be bad as well. I hope you're not trying to say that other do it so it's OK.
I'm not a dealer but I would feel bad posting about something I sell - even if it's only one piece on Audiogon.
Solution is simple - post about any other brand without disclosure and avoid posting about piece you sell at Audiogon for the time of sale. Simple.
OFF TOPIC ALERT
The evolution of this thread brings back the question raised on a thread which for some unknown reason the moderators appear to have deleted. The thread offered many suggestions and I still remember mine. Add a small notifier on the signature line next to the moniker showing the status, with at least the categories of Manufacturer, Dealer/Distributor, Reviewer, Individual, and perhaps other.
Sounds_real_audio would become Sounds_real_audio (D) .
I would be T_bone (I).
The moniker or appended letter would link to the Profile page where another field would require Commercial Users (already defined by Audiogon) to have a small area to identify themselves and the products the manufacture, represent, or sell.
For the purposes of the Audiogon, you are a Commercial user if you fit any of the following criteria:
It would be easy to execute, be clear to all, and would end much of this silly back-and-forthing between Audiofeil and others, and would make disclosure a matter of course.
To be fair to Audiofeil, this was an obvious case. I do not know SRA from a hole in the wall, I remember the moniker from a previous similar situation so I know he is a dealer. I have never seen a declaration of what he sells, and it is not publicly posted. In addition, there have been other instances where dealers have used monikers which were less obvious than sounds_real_audio and been caught out advising people to try out what they sell, without disclosing their interest. Distributors as well. I would think this is such an easy thing to change for Audiogon that they should do it and be done with it.
Dealers who disclose clearly, to my mind, are more easily trusted, in all respects. It would be nice to have that disclosure built in. That way, Dealers who play the police would have structural support, and might be able to do away with gratuitous rudeness (unless they just like being gratuitously rude).
Belkin PureAV Silver series on shameless blowout from Parts Express.
This is monocrystal hyper-pure copper with individually insulated multiple gauge conductors. At their original retail price the closest you could get was Harmonic Technologies at twice the price. I bought two pairs to do an external bi-wire for $40 on this closeout!
The bargain would be meaningless if they didn't sound good, but they sound REAL good--very clear, transparent, fast, wide bandwidth at both ends, excellent clarity, but always with a natural, organic-sounding presentation. They replaced some silver-plated AudioMagic internal bi-wires to great improvement. I like them a lot!