The benefits you gain from moving the stereo from the middle of your speakers may be worth it. I would say it is sure worth a try. Shorter speaker cables and long interconnects would be better. "IMHO" Beside $150 doesn't leave much choice for speaker cables.
Keep the amp between your speakers and buy or better yet make your own interconnect from Belden 1694A or Belden 1505F with Eichmann Silver Bullet RCAs. The BJC LC-1 is also a very good choice in your price range. You will not be disappointed or notice any loss versus spending more. IMO.
Long interconnects and short speaker cables. I have been using a 25' interconnect for years. I tried switching to long speaker cables and immediately switched back.
Wow ...so the conventional wisdom is shorter speaker cable?....I ve had 40foot spsaker cables all along...but not visa versa :)...something to think about
Great. Looks like it is close to being unanimous for the interconnects and I can accomplish what I want for cheap without a loss in sound quality. Thanks to all for the input.
Not so fast. It depends on the cables, the amps, what proceeds the amp, whether the system is connected via single ended or balanced, and the environment in which the system resides.
While it is often said that one's gear is better not placed between the speakers, putting it in a corner might be worse. I can't help but wonder if you would be better off leaving things as they are.
For long interconnects use shielded ones, like microphone cables...mogami, canare, etc. Long speaker cables can increase the capacitance depending on design, not a great thing for some amps or the top end. jallen
If you don't have balanced components you should not run long unbalanced interconnects.
Unsound, It always depends on the cables, the amps, what proceeds the amp, whether the system is connected via single ended or balanced and the environment in which the system resides whether the cables are long or short.
It is not always necessary or a benefit for a long interconnect to be balanced.
What preceeds the amp is probably more important.
Rrog, tube amps are more likely to be more sensitive to length of some speaker cables than ss amps.
The general idea is long interconnects, short speaker cables.
From reading endless discussions that seems to be the 80%, vs 20% saying you either have to find out yourself, or long speaker cables.
I personally have a 25 ft Kinber Hero balanced interconnect, and 4 ft speaker cables.
My other viable option would be 15 ft interconnects, and 15 ft speaker cables.
Keep in mind the speaker cables are what transfers the power.
What exactly needs to be kept in mind about power transfer in speaker cables??
That excessively long lengths are undesirable. Is this a mystery?
That statement about long speaker cable length is only true partially. I don't think that most direct-coupled SS powerhouses would care a-bit about speaker cable length.
That may be true, but what if your direct coupled SS powerhouse is driving a pair of Apogee Scintillas?
Rrog, Depends on the cable, and the length. For most practical purposes, probably won't matter.
I have a pair of MIT T2 speaker cables which are 19.4 feet in length. If interested, send me a pm, it will be worth your while. I will be listing them here tomorrow as soon as I take pictures of them.
There is measurable loss with extra long speaker cables and if it is measurable it is audible. It depends on the gauge of the cable and the speaker's impedance. There is more loss with lower impedance speakers. For example, if you are running Apogee Scintillas with 16 gauge wire your maximum run should not exceed 6ft. However, if you are running Klipschorns with the same 16 gauge wire 50 ft is ok.
Try Virtue Nirvana speaker cables.
Rrog, such a length can easily deliver the appropriate power to the unusual 28 year old discontinued Scintillas by readily available appropriate cables.