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.



I "bit-the-bullet" about 15 years ago and spent beyond my budget on a pair of JPS Labs Superconductor 3 speaker cables, and they were one the best high end audio investments I ever made.  I still have the Superconductor 3 cables with no plans to replace them as, after all these years, they never cease to impress and amaze me.   



👍… Exactly… buying something absurdly expensive and having it outperform your highest expectations is exactly the experience that converts lots of folks. Getting a component level upgrade from wire is what converts folks.

This has happened to me more than once. If you just try and sneak up on it and do small cost increments… great way to make yourself think there is not much to high end wire. But, really well designed and manufactured wire with the right components is really worth it. 

If you can find a pair of Harmonic Technology Pro9 + used I think you will hear a substantial improvement. I have used the Neotech and Duelund 12AWG which I still own but have set aside because the HT-Pro 9 simply and clearly outperforms them.

I have not heard the Analysis Plus so can't comment there. I replaced the HT cables with some others I had because a redo of the living room rendered the HT cables too short. After about a month I ordered some Duelund cables on the strength of positive reviews and I was very pleasantly surprised at their performance and feel you would be happy with them. They are skinny and smell funny and great value.

After about a year I reinstated the 'too short' HT cables for a sanity check and they are still connected and staying connected. They can be used bi-wired but I prefer them run parallel. Oh, and they are not skinny!

A very strong recommendation.

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