Speaker cable recommendations

Hello! I'm currently looking for some speaker cable recommendations. Current system is Luxman L509x to ATC SCM20s and I've been using Belden 9497 to connect the two. I have roughly 10 ft between the left speaker and amp which makes for a more expensive cable.

I've been wanting to stay around $300 or less but the options that have been recommended to me tend to be above that.

Options that I've been considering - 

  1. Wireworld Solstice - there's a sale right now and I can get biwired for $250
  2. DIY Duelund 16GA for tweeter/12GA for bass - for the length, I'm looking at ~ $550 biwired from partsconnexion
  3. DIY Neotech NES-3004 MKII - ~$600 
  4. Used Analysis plus - it looks like I can only afford Oval 12 around this price range. 

Any suggestions on which direction would go well with my system? I've been leaning more toward the Neotech since I've read the duelund has a specific sound that it goes for and Neotech should be more neutral. I have no experience with any of the cables above so any help would be appreciated.



Lol,  I bought some of the same wire and still have a few feet left.  It started out in my primary system and stayed there for years until it became the wire for my HT.

All the best.”

Funny, I bet this cheap silver plated wire is just as good as any “ designer” stuff.

I haven’t gotten around to replacing my ht wire with it, I still have a set of Radio Shack mega cable in the spider web mess of wires.

I used to run Wireworld Equinox Shotgun Biwire, I also had Acoustic Zen Satori, then I went to Audience AU24... the best and least expensive and what I am running today are Anti-Cables...

I've been through a couple iterations, and upgraded to the new Level 4.2 Flex a few months back... They blow away all the above cables and are wayyyy cheaper, I think I paid about $500 for a 8 foot pair.

Anti-Cables have amazing bass, open, airy, neutral, 3D, holographic all the catchy buzzwords, they deliver in spades and are very affordable and Made in USA.

That would be my suggestion, I remember when I first got into them, I had the AU24 which were like $1300 cables, I bought the older version Anticables for like $300 and they had a 30 day return deal and I figured what the heck, I’ll try them. They smoked the Audience cables which I sold for $1000 on Audiogon shortly after.

They really cant be beat for the price or even for a much higher priced hype cable IMO.

PS, I only use their speaker wires, my analog audio cables are all Acoustic Zen Absolute which I completely love and highly recommend, but they are pricey.. 


+1 for Anticables - I am using two pair of copper speaker cables to bi-wire my speakers.  The SQ improves with every upgrade that I make to my system.  They are NOT a limiting the SQ in any meaningful way: a great endorsement for such inexpensive products.  I also own six of their Level 3 power cables. If you go that direction, remember to play them for a while before doing a critical evaluation.

-1 for AudioEnvy - before the Anticables, I used speaker cables and power cables from Captain (bought all-at-once at a hifi show).  After the break-in, I found them remarkedly unbalanced and 'thin' sounding (hope that make sense).  When I contacted him a few weeks after the purchase, he offered to sell me his newest cables - at full price (no exchange, etc.)!  It made me wonder if he had the new cables ready to sell when I bought mine and that he was cleaning out old inventory.  

I had Patrick Cullen build me a pair of jumper cables back when I used dynamic speakers and they were perfect in every way. Recently, I auditioned a $900.00 Audioquest Blizzard power cord for my DAC and it made a huge difference but not in a positive way. I started thinking that the only way I would be happy with an Audioquest PC would be to spend around $5,000.00. Right now I am using a Cullen Crossover PC and though the difference is subtle, it’s been an overall improvement. Anyway, the point I’m making is that just because a cable will cost you more money doesn’t mean that it’s the right cable.

++++1 for AntiCables. The 2.1 speaker cables are great entry level cables, but for mid fi and up, I'd start with the 3.1 cables......at $250 per 6 foot pair with Z bananas, they are an absolute steal. I have not tried them, but the 4.2 Flex cables at $470 for 6 foot pair look really interesting. Please do remember that AntiCables do take longer than your average cables to break in, mine started to settle in at about 150 hours....but damn they will reward you.

I also recently ordered a pair of Morrow Audio SP6 speaker cables, as I had an older pair of Morrow interconnects that I used to get the 65% off in trade in. They are being burned in at Morrow right now for 20 days, and should receive them in about a week.

Additionaly I have a pair of Zavfino Nova OCC speaker cables, DHLabs Q-10 speaker cables, and a pair of Micca Chinese made speaker cables that Steve Huff tried and liked. I'm currently working on a "from scratch" listening room that should be finished by the end of the year, where I'll have 2 amplifiers and 3 sets of speakers: Buchardt Audio S400 MkII, 1980s Infinity RS Kappa 7s (GR Research upgraded crossover, upgraded internal wiring, new gold over copper Viborg B603G binding posts), and "yet to be purchased" higher end speakers (Joseph Audio?, Fyne Audio?, Tannoy?, etc) At that point I'll start a major speaker cable shoot out for fun.