moving! new equipment arrangement requires one 2 meter speaker cable and one 6 meter cable. I have acquired a pair of AudioQuest Aspen speaker cables 19' each. should I chop one off where I need it and attach the other at 19'??
In my five channel sound surround system the cables are 10' L&R, 8' center, and 35' rear L&R. The only thing they have in common is all Audioquest 12 gauge (Comet, Castle Rock, and Slate). Sounds fine to me.
You could always go to a local hardware store and pick up 8M of wire and cut it into a 2M and 6M lengths and try to hear a difference between your AQ's at equal length. Listen for imaging and soundstage not the differences in tonality.
@geoffkait . I don't think it would damage anything, but knowing that different brands have different sound qualities, why bother? The question the OP posed was whether it wise to use unequal lengths. Where's Almarg when we need him? B
Why bother? Because the shortfall of one brand might be made up by the other brand. E.g., frequency response. And visa versa. It’s the same idea why sometimes two different brands of cables are run in parallel to each speaker.
It is not like you are building cables and deciding what lengths to purchase. You already own a pair of 19-feet long cables so just leave both sides at the same length. Cutting them will ruin the resale potential. If possible, run the short side around somewhere inconspicuous without coiling it up. You can always try coiling or not and determine whether you hear a difference.
You could always purchase and terminate bulk cable in the lengths you need. Try the linked cable. For your 10M needs, you will need two rolls of 25 feet, which would give you about 15M total. The cable is 10 gauge,
99.997% OFHC C10100 Copper
in foamed polyethylene insulation (FPE) - all for $21 per 25 feet! Check out the
pure copper (plated or unplated)
connectors (also from from the same vendor). You could be all-in at the lengths you need for less than $100. https://www.avoutlet.com/cables-connectors/bulk-cables/speaker/in-wall-cl3/furez-fz102as-25/