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    Post by tubenutr on Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:42 pm

    Just for info, what type of interconnects does everyone use. Solid core or stranded?
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    Post by corndog71 on Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:13 am

    tubenutr wrote:Just for info, what type of interconnects does everyone use. Solid core or stranded?
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    I use both. Most of mine are home-made from solid core wire but I also use Kimber PBJ which is stranded.
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    Post by bluemeanies on Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:01 am

    Stranded...not for any particular reason.
    I am not in the esoteric wire club when it comes to cables.
    I use cables from Audio8, Nakamichi, and BJC, MIT Terminator and Emotiva power cords.
    The Emotiva power cords are connected to my m125's!
    The MIT cables were purchased used for $250.00...LCR....since changing my setup over the last year I am using Nakamichi speaker cables and there is absolutely no shortage in quality sound reproduction.
    They are very reasonable in price and well made...also they are a nice looking cable.
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    Post by monkuboy on Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:22 am

    I use Blue Jeans stranded cables.
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    Post by arledgsc on Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:24 am

    I am a skeptic and thrifty Scotsman.  I always look for solid engineering and steer away from tweaky, unproven technology with $$$ price tags.  I am currently using Audio Advisor Black Mamba II wires that utilize Audioquest cable with silver plated plugs.  No complaints.

    I also have a set of Blue Jeans interconnects.  The cable used is low capacitance and the plugs are just OK.  No complaints but the plugs aren't that great in comparison.  Great price, performance, value and can easily recommend them.
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    Post by MarcVBelgium on Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:57 pm

    Interlink for my turntables is "Deskadel pure silver solid" that I use since 1990 (!). Other interlinks are Supra, mostly XLR.
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    Post by tubenutr on Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:12 pm

    I find that stranded cable sounds better with tube equipment and solid core with SS. Any thoughts?
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    Post by skriefal on Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:51 pm

    Whatever is at hand that isn't too flimsy and has decent connectors.
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    Post by deepee99 on Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:23 am

    Hard to beat Blue Jeans Cable in Seattle (http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/index.htm) for solid quality wire; they're the only ones I know of who use Belden (U.S.-made) copper wire and their terminations are bullet-proof, both for co-ax or speaker leads. Very reasonably priced.
    Clear-Day Cables (http://www.cleardaycables.com/) makes superb silver-stranded speaker wire, also with excellent terminations.
    You can wire an entire system with Blue Jeans for what about a foot of Audioquest junk costs.
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    Post by Guest on Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:17 am

    I use a pair of Acoustic Zen Silver Reference interconnects that set me back $2,148. They make Celine Dion's lyrics seem more profound. Laughing
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    Post by bluemeanies on Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:04 am

    No dis-respect CC but $2,148.00 is a lot of coconuts...Celine should have given you at least one lap dance! lol
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    Post by Dave_in_Va on Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:34 am

    I've been switching over to the Signal Cables recommended by Bob Latino. They seem really well made and my stereo sounds nice.
    I'm getting ready to order some speaker cables from them soon.
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    Post by bluemeanies on Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:41 am

    Two well made cable companies, reasonably priced.


    http://www.nakamichiplug.com/product-c34b25.htmln

    www.8audio-mall.com/
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    Post by Ernstmach on Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:51 am

    I'm using stranded cables but have used solid wire ic's. Soundwise not much if any difference that I can detect. The stranded wire is much more compliant (bendy) though.
    Helpful in my setup.
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    Post by arley on Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:52 pm

    Some years ago I had my house rewired and had the electrician pull two lengths of RG6 to every room I might ever want video. It was high quality stuff (Belden 1694a) for high def video. I had a lot left over, so I bought some RCA adapters for it (Canare RCAP-C53, about $5 each) and fashioned some interconnects with the RG6. Do they work well? Yes. Could I tell any audible difference between those and some high-quality-but-not-exorbitant interconnects? Dunno, but I'm happy with them.
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    Post by GP49 on Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:33 pm

    RG6 as interconnects were the favorite of impecunious audiophiles as long ago as the late 1960s (I know, I was one). As years have passed, they have held up extremely well against all comers...and they are just as cheap now as then. I still use them.
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    Post by Shutupuface on Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:18 pm

    I am new to tube amps and trying to get educated.
    Can anyone tell me where I can find the RG6 interconnects? Can you get them with spade lugs and/or banana plugs? Thanks for the info!
    Best regards,
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    Post by Bob Latino on Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:36 am

    Shutupuface wrote:I am new to tube amps and trying to get educated.
    Can anyone tell me where I can find the RG6 interconnects? Can you get them with spade lugs and/or banana plugs? Thanks for the info!
    Best regards,
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    I have seen RG6 wire used as interconnects between a signal source and a preamp and between a preamp and a power amp. I have never seen RG6 wire used as "speaker wire" but I guess you could ? There are a few sellers on Ebay that do sell RG6 for use as interconnects with RCA connectors already attached. I personally have never used RG6 for audio use in a home music system. As such, I do not know how effective they would be for carrying audio signals? See Ebay link below for audio interconnects made from RG6 cable.

    Interconnects on Ebay made from RG6 cable

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    Post by Shutupuface on Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:44 am

    Bob
    What do you recommend? Thanks for the info!
    Best regards to,

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    Post by Bob Latino on Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:07 am

    Shutupuface wrote:Bob
    What do you recommend?  Thanks for the info!
    Best regards to,

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    For interconnects or speaker cable > either Signal Cable or Blue Jeans Cable make excellent interconnect and speaker cable that can be had for relatively low prices. I have here cables from BOTH companies and would say that they are of equal quality. On the speaker cable, you tell them whether you want spades or banana plugs and the length of the cable and they will make them up for you. Links below.

    Signal Cable online

    Blue Jeans Cable online

    I also have here in my home theater system speaker cables from "Cablebuyer" on Ebay. He is located in Minnesota and has quite decent cables at even lower pricing than Signal Cable or Blue Jeans Cable. See our forum link below about Cablebuyer ....

    Cablebuyer forum link

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    Post by Hops on Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:57 pm

    Amazon Basics. They work. Might upgrade when my office gets organized and I have everything located where I want it.
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    Post by HarryY on Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:17 am

    Lately I've been using monoprice cables I cut one apart and it looked good with a Full foil shield.

    You want either a full foil shield or a braided shield, years ago some cables had a spiral shield
    Where the shield wires were wrappedaround the center conductor and as I recall they were prone to interference.
    That being said mist 75 ohm CATV cable like RG6 gas both a foil shield and a Braided shield.

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    Post by 69Cutlass on Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:56 am

    I use Signal for both speaker and interconnects.

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