I’ve had good experiences with that cable. I now use Anti-Cables because I now have mono amps next to the speakers. The twisted two pair is great for long runs. It helps with RFI and EMI.
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I have Canare bi-wire speaker cables. Really nice low end and mid-range but they sound slightly rolled off and washed out on the top end. I inserted Legacy bi-wire cables in their place. The Legacy are not rolled nor sparkly on the top end but are rather smooth and balanced. Neither cable costs very much.
The Canare line of cables have excellent fundamental designs and are built for professionals. The quality and consistency of their product are among the best I've seen, they are not designed to be a tone control like many high-end cables. It is very likely that your $1500 speaker cable was designed to sound that way and would have been better served in a slightly cool or tilted up system.
The Groneberg cables were purchased with a Odyssey Kismet stereo amp and Odyssey Kismet Reference speakers which I ran for about 5 years. Both the amp and speakers were internally wired with that cable and that is why I purchased the same cables for my speakers. Once I sold the amp and speakers, the magic was gone. The cables then seemed to restrict the flow of the music with the Mac equipment and GE speakers. The Canare cables really opened up my system, the bass isn’t muddy and the treble is pristine.
After reading here about the Canare 4S11 I decided to give them a try, at that price why not. I'm running them bare wire on my Pass 250.8 and banana on my Maggie 3.7i all I can say is wow these please in every way, great dynamics, separation within the sound field, depth and overall presentation. These are keepers thank you to stereo5 for bringing them to my attention.
I recently made a pair of speaker cables from Canare 4S11. I used cheap amazon spade lugs at each end. System is Merlin3B with Music Reference RM9 amp, RM5 pre and Denafrips Ares2 DAC.
Only 3 days in and to me they sound better in my system than the Cardas Series 5 they replaced.
Cost $19 for the wire and $11 for shipping. I am happy, my ears are happy.
I've been using the Canare 4s11 for 3 years with my Pass Labs X250.8 and Vandersteen Quatro CT speakers. I hear a very neutral, natural sound with nothing exaggerated. I recently upgraded to a pair of X260.8s, shortened the cables down to 5 feet, and sonic bliss again.I will also mention that the dealer who sold me the Quatros told me he was very impressed with the Canare cable. He helped a customer set up a pair of Vandersteen 5A CT speakers, and the customer had his own set of Canare cable. The dealer felt the Canare was every bit as nice as some of the more expensive Audioquest cables he sells.
I think the Canare cable is a good budget priced cable, and in some situations might be a better choice than "higher end" cables. I used to have a pair of Magnepan 3.5r speakers driven by a Krell FPB-300 and was using older Nordost Red Dawn cable. I switched to the Canare and found the sound much fuller and smoother.
I'm currently using this cable in my home theater where I have moderately long runs to seven speakers and couldn't really justify anything more expensive. It works well for movies and TV.
But in my two channel system, I found this cable to be kind of dull sounding and lacking image detail compared to other speaker cables I've tried. I'm currently using a DIY cable similar to Kimber 12TC (woven multi-gauge OFC copper with PTFE insulation). My cables are only about 3ft long since I use monoblocks that sit directly behind the speakers, but this cable sounds much more open and lively than the Canare cable.
If you’re comparing a really long run of Canare to a 3ft pair of Kimber 12TC that’s not a fair comparison. Any long run of cable is going to lose. Never owned 12TC but I had the older blue and black 4TC and the current 8TC. I have owned Kimber speaker, interconnects and power cords and I enjoyed them for years. Stumbled on to Clear Days and that was all it took and I sold the Kimbers. Probably purchased my first set of Kimbers in the late 80’s from Ray directly... nice guy.
I do find the Canare, and speaking across the line including interconnects and digital cables, to be a little on the warmer side but they’re damn good wire for the money. Hopefully you had a Canare set under 6ft to compare to your 12TC and not something over 12ft or more. Is your 12TC a biwire set and if so, curious when you tried the Canare on your mono amps did you have to use the stock speaker binding straps? I find the Canare more neutral than the TC series overall but it ultimately comes down to system synergy and ones preference.
For the fun of it, have you experimented running cotton rope down the center of your 12TC to open/spread the conductors a little from each other? Easier to fish a wire or electrical fish tape to pull the rope through. You might want want to try it as it’s a cheap tweak. I found it took the slight edge off the 4 and 8TC. I think I used 1/4” rope or a little bigger but nothing too fat.
I was very pleased with the Canare 4S11 and tried the Kimber Kables Bifocal XL
I preferred the Kimbers significantly...and until they the Kimbers out performed the my previous AudioQuest Rocket 44s.
So I recommend Canare 4S11 as a great budget wire - I'm sending my to my brother.
And if you have a higher end system, I suggest you experiment if you are curious on the impact of cables.
After seeing some good reviews of the Canare 4S11, I decided to give it a try. I also compared Monoprice 4C 12AWG in a 9AWG config, Mogami 3404 in star quad 9AWG config, and KnuKonceptz Krux Kable 8AWG 16C a Kimber style braid with 8C per side. The cables were all about 6 feet long hand terminated with pistol style locking banana plugs. I let all the wires run in the system for a couple of weeks or so (maybe 4 0r 5 hrs./day) before evaluating. I realize after reading some of the comments that this might not been long enough for a fair evaluation. The Krux Kable, which I ended up liking better, has stayed in the system longer so maybe it has an unfair advantage.
Anyway, the Canare at twice the cost of the Monoprice, I thought was a little better. The Monoprice is rated at CL2 which I'm not sure about the Canare. The Mogami at three times the cost of the Canare I thought was a just little better than the Canare. The Krux Kable at about the same cost as the Mogami seemed the best of all, maybe sounding a little smoother as best as I can explain it.
I was wondering has anybody had similar results with the KnuKonceptz cable? I have no connection with the company other than being a customer.
I did my comparisons using SACDs in an Oppo 205, XLRs to a Parasound JC2BP, XLRs to JC1s to GE TRs. I was using Canare L-4E6S XLRs. I've since switched to some silver plated copper XLRs which really changed/improved the sound. I will have to do another comparison when I give the Canare a little more burn in time.
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. I guess I'm not dedicated enough to leave my system on when I'm not listening to it, so it'll take me about 3 or 4 months of use. Since my amps have two pair of speaker outs, maybe I'll hook both pairs up at the same time and see how that sounds. The locking bananas can lock into each other. I've also been burning in a Kimber type wire with a rope in the middle for comparison.
I was just wondering if anyone had tried the KnuKonceptz stuff since I don't hear it talked about much?