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Old 29-11-2013, 16:23
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Hello, I am thinking about buying a stereo system and I would like to know what cables I would need; Richer Sounds has a load of different speaker cables for sale, usually at 99p per metre, but I have no idea what ones I would need for what function. Could you please help? The system I am after is the Onkyo CR555DAB and a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.0 speakers.

Thank you.
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Old 29-11-2013, 17:09
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You've got push in cable connections on the Onkyo (http://www.manualslib.com/manual/529...5.html?page=14) and 4mm banana sockets on the Wharfedales. I'd recommend QED 79 strand cable from any retailer of your choice and a pair of 4mm banana plugs for the speakers (note, 2 pairs here) : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fisual-Easy-...m+banana+plugs
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Old 29-11-2013, 19:08
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Locate your nearest DIY shed or Screwfix and find the aisle selling mains cables. Locate the drum of two core 6A cable (if offered a choice of colours select the one that matches your decor ) reel off a suitable length, take to till and hand over your hard earned.

That will do pretty much as good a job as any of these fancy cables that cost 3 grand a metre.
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Old 29-11-2013, 19:53
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Thanks both.
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Old 29-11-2013, 20:19
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This cable is very good value for money -

http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/CASPEAK79.html

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Old 29-11-2013, 22:12
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Pah far too cheep.

Now this on the other hand... (be seated and remove any beverages from your gob before clicking this link )

http://www.futureshop.co.uk/product_...oducts_id=6383
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Old 29-11-2013, 23:23
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Pah far too cheep.

Now this on the other hand... (be seated and remove any beverages from your gob before clicking this link )

http://www.futureshop.co.uk/product_...oducts_id=6383
Yeh but you save over 2000 and get free delivery !! I thought it was just HDMI cables that could be bought for silly money but these are taking it to new heights.
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Old 29-11-2013, 23:58
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Pah far too cheep.

Now this on the other hand... (be seated and remove any beverages from your gob before clicking this link )

http://www.futureshop.co.uk/product_...oducts_id=6383

WTF
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Old 30-11-2013, 02:21
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I've an idea;
Why not build a D/A converter, amplifier and PSU into the speaker or speaker stands/brackets so only a few inches of lossy analogue cable need be used, and cheap (relative to the 18k cable!) optical or electric digital connections from the source.

A bit like the new spark plugs with the coilpack attached instead of HT ignition wires from the distribution system.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:16
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Yeh but you save over 2000 and get free delivery !! I thought it was just HDMI cables that could be bought for silly money but these are taking it to new heights.
It is all relative, though, isn't it?

For someone spending 200,000+ on a Hi-Fi they are unlikely to worry about spending 20k on speaker cable.

I've got expensive interconnects and speaker cables, but they didn't cost me a penny. Where I purchased my Hi-Fi from gave me 10% of the value of the hardware to "spend" on such items, so if I can choose any interconnects up to a value of @ 100 to have free there's little point in choosing the cheapest, is there?

Now before everyone jumps in and tells me the cables only cost a few pence to make and the retailer makes a massive profit on each one sold, I'm fully aware of this but if I'm not paying it doesn't matter what the retail price is, does it? I've still not paid for them.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26
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It is all relative, though, isn't it?

For someone spending 200,000+ on a Hi-Fi they are unlikely to worry about spending 20k on speaker cable.

I've got expensive interconnects and speaker cables, but they didn't cost me a penny. Where I purchased my Hi-Fi from gave me 10% of the value of the hardware to "spend" on such items, so if I can choose any interconnects up to a value of @ 100 to have free there's little point in choosing the cheapest, is there?

Now before everyone jumps in and tells me the cables only cost a few pence to make and the retailer makes a massive profit on each one sold, I'm fully aware of this but if I'm not paying it doesn't matter what the retail price is, does it? I've still not paid for them.
Agree...

You wouldn't put bell wire on something like these Kharmas @ 330,000 a pair.

http://www.kharma.com/exquisite-worl...grand-limited/
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:46
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Agree...

You wouldn't put bell wire on something like these Kharmas @ 330,000 a pair.

http://www.kharma.com/exquisite-worl...grand-limited/
They would go perfectly with my fantasy Chord system!!

Only in my dreams!!!!
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