OWNED: CARDAS CLEAR, CARDAS CLEAR REFLECTION
HEARD: NORDOST ODIN
Cat8, equivalent to 13awg, home made.
Owned & heard: Audience AU24SX.
Audio Note Sogon (2 meters) is what I own. It is among the best I’ve heard. I have also heard great performance from NBS Black Label wires.
Kubala Sosna Realization heard and own.
Audio Note SPx has been my favorite for the past 5 years.
Own: Kimber Select KS-3035
I use (and quite like) my Synergistic Research Element speaker cables.
Clear Day Double Shotgun speaker cables.
Try to listen to my cables but hear nothing.
Still having Siltech LS 4-120 G2.
Best ones listened Kondo Operia SPs-2.7
The best cable I have ever owned was the one that made me stop thinking about getting another one.
Best owned: Transparent Ultra Gen 6.
Best heard: Nordost Odin 2
My own DIY Helix design
But if you are not into DIY
Regards - Steve
Best I have ever owned/tried.
Blue jeans cables Deluxe - as they said they bring the goods to your speakers
what more can be done ,even shielded what more can you ask for $400 !!
they sound great with my old ONKYO while working in my garage .
Audio Art AAC SC-5 ePlus Cryo. It's not an expensive cable but after it settled in (and it was all over the place while that happened) it's been a fantastic upgrade.
Cerious, Graphene Lumniscate,
Virtual Dynamics Master Series…love em!
Monster Cable I bought new in '86 for $30. Still using them with my Dahlquists.... I think they are sufficiently 'burned in' 😉
Before you buy, get a schematic of your speaker. Some speakers, especially ESL's, have a resistor in series with the input. Solution: make up you own speaker cables with that specified resistance, and remove the resistor in the speaker. If you have mono blocks as I do, the speaker cable can be just short pieces of nichrome wire replacing that (probably garbage) resistor. Win + win.
@terry9 That's some pretty bogus advice there. Do you have a clue what you're talking about? If you want to replace a resistor, do it with a quality component, not some hokey nichrome wire. Either way, you're sure to 1) make no notable improvement and 2) void your warranty..
AntiCables SP3.1 and Flex 4.2, Zavfino Nova, Micca 14AWG (Amazon Chinese Cables) untested
Kimber Kable BiFocal XL (owned)
The 14 gauge wire from Home Depot but I've also owned Anti-cables and some Kimber ones. They all sound the same.
@jhnnrrs Well John, you’re not wholly wrong, I’ll give you that. Void the warrantee, true. The rest, not so much.
You have heard of wire wound resistors, perhaps? That’s "hokey nichrome wire", or some variant thereof. Guess you’d better tell Mills about your discovery. Thank goodness someone is too smart to fall for such "pretty bogus advice."
The best resistors, like Vishay VAR, consist primarily of a metal resistive component which is laser trimmed to provide a channel with the specified resistance. Any guesses as to which metal they use?
Crystal Cables Ultra
Heard and own
@gjrad i also own and love Kubala Sosna. They just gave me
the least amount of problems especially if every cable was Kubala Sosna from speaker cables to interconnect to power cable.
So far it has to be Kimber Carbon 18XL that I own now.
Another vote for Audience AU24SX.
Oh, and a shout out to @jl1ny – my second favorite were Virtual Dynamics David that I used many years ago!
Really like my 25 year old Dunlavy cables.
Simple, just build your own. Plenty of wire to try and plenty of formulas out there. Try a few and you can forget about buying cables altogether. Wire is wire and all you need to do is figure out the formula that works for you. Under a hundred dollars to experiment.
Cerious Technologies Graphene Lumniscate
Townshend F- 1
Snake River Signature Series..
Own: Ansuz speakz P2 - treble control, better mid and low tones.
@terry9 "The best resistors, like Vishay VAR, consist primarily of a metal resistive component which is laser trimmed to provide a channel with the specified resistance". I'd prefer that to jury-rigging some pieces of nichrome trying to get the correct resistance. I stand by my statement that there will be little or no improvement, and the loss of a 5 year warranty is a significant cost to pay for nothing.
By the way, they use nichrome wire in toasters because of the way it heats up when current is applied. Maybe I can toast my english muffins over your speaker wire.
Sadly, John, Vishay VAR can dissipate a maximum of 0.4W of heat. A speaker resistor is often rated at 10 W or more. So Vishay VAR could only work in a large and expensive array, and then you would still need another conductor.
As for obtaining the required resistance, try a multimeter? Always at least three figures of accuracy. That’s 0.1%. Most OEM resistors are 5% at best.
Yes, they use nichrome wire in toasters, and in space heaters. And in aerospace. So what? And didn't you ever wonder how a resistor works - by dissipating electrical energy as heat?
Audioquest Bi-wire Bi-amp Oaks. Huge difference in sound quality over a double run of BlueJean 10 gauge wire.
Chord cables- music speakercable
Best ever heard , still own
2 pair Rocket 88 for Quad amping. These sound perfect.