What Speaker Wire To Buy As Fast As Possible

If you’re looking to upgrade your home audio system, you might be surprised by just how important your speaker wire choices are…

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  • This advice is for people that buy home theater in a box but not for anyone that spent over 5,000 on a stereo system. Better wires are not snake oil, they improve the sound if your stereo system is a good one, if it's a cheap system then better wires will not be much improvement if at all, not because of the wires, but because your cheap stereo can't be helped by spending money on it. You can't win a race in a V.W. beetle because you put racing tires on it, it might even slow it down some. Some day, when you save up a bunch of money for a real Hi-Fi system, then you will be able to improve your sound a lot with better cables. Cables are simply a part of the system, they need to match in quality to be worth it.

  • As an engineer with a specialty in wave propagation….this video is totally full of shit. FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF SEEING IN THIS WORTHLESS EXCUSE FOR GENERATING HITS.

  • Has he tried premium speaker cables or just regurgitating what he's heard others say? And I've never heard of speaker cables that were not insulated. Sorry but lack of tech knowledge and experience here.

  • 99,99% BS but one thing is correct; the comparation to a waterpipe. (1:10) Speakerwires has been done totally wrong since the beginning of audio. Thinner wires might not burn or melt but they will restrict the amp`s dynamic power. Stranded wires should not be used anywhere near(!) to a system. calcutations might tell that the resistance is the same as in a equivalent solid conductor but don`t be fooled. Look at the waterpipe and think. not only will the thinner conductors restrict dynamics, there will also be interference. Where to begin? 12awg solid for smaller systems. Fun begins at 9awg

  • so much so so wrong in this video. Spend the money on good cables because this guy knows jack all. use 150/33 Litz wire this is 12 AWG I think!!! at a length of no more than 16 feet. Get the Gold plated Stirling silver connectors. You will be amazed by your new found top end.

  • Hey LTT team, when/where is the As Fast As Possible on what you guys are furiously button-pressing in your videos every few seconds? Teleprompter scroller? Remote Pez dispenser for an intern flipping manual prompter cards?

  • My disposable income is very low, so I am trying to work with what I have. I have a stereo with pin connection speakers to the back of the radio. I have a 24" Phillips HDTV with LED LCD (2 HDMI, Dolby Audio, Component L/R Audio, Y/Video, Pb, Pr, Optical Digital Audio Out, & Antenna In). I also have one large 32" Tube TV with few connections (nice for when I want to view on a larger screen, but would sell it in a heartbeat too, if I could), one DVR/DVD player (was amazing pre-digital television stations), and one DVD player. What I would like is to be able to purchase a relatively low cost (less than $75, but no more than $100) receiver/system to get better sound from my Phillips TV, as well as play my stereo when desired. I don't need surround sound, just a basic way to hook everything up so I can use the speakers I already have for more than one device. What can you do/suggest for someone like me?

  • So, if your system isn’t up to the task of high resolution…….this video is correct. It won’t matter so much what wires you use. But, if you the best of whatever you have, you will indeed hear differences in wire no matter who makes it. It will vary in minor details of the soundstage, frequency response, margining, etc. if you don’t know of what I speak, fear not….as you are simply not there yet to know better.

  • This is misinformation, sorry. Anything thinner than 16G is too thin. Plus 16G is very inexpensive. 22G for the front speakers, are you kidding me??? Phone wire is 24G, for Pete's sake…

  • I certify this video snake oil free, good advice for beginners!
    PS: you determine cable guage based on the power capability of your Amplifier..just one small point missed.

  • Most of the length/gauge spec you gave are for copper wire.  Most of the speaker wire in the consumer market is CCA (copper clad aluminum) which requires 2 gauges larger for the same length.

    18 gauge copper or 16 gauge CCA; up to 32 feet
    16 gauge copper or 14 gauge CCA; up to 48 feet

    The general rule is to keep the wire impedance (each conductor) less that 2.5% of the speaker impedance (5% total for both conductors).

  • There is a lot of snake oil in the audio world but I've learned through testing that cable quality does make a difference. I bought into the "snake oil" and got a great deal on some speaker cables that had an MSRP of $1300. There was a night and day difference in the quality of the sound when comparing to my previous cables which I nabbed for around $100.

    This goes for analog cables in general. I recently picked up a Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC (MSRP $1250) and tested it against my friend's Schiit Bifrost (MSRP $399) and my friends cheaper DAC from the same company sounded better for some reason. It ended up being that my interconnects (RCA cables) were the cause. We put an identical set of interconnects on my DAC and, BOOM, they instantly sounded better and my DAC was now the clear winner in sound quality. It should be noted that my stereo setup cost was in the ballpark of $9k and is more revealing of lower quality components in the chain than a cheaper setup would be. That said, analog cables (speaker wire and interconnects) ABSOLUTELY make a noticeable difference if you have a decent stereo system.

    I love you Luke but you're kinda full of Schiit on this topic. "High End" digital (USB, HDMI, SPDIF) on the other hand is definitely snake oil aside from basic shielding and certain long-run applications where active cables are needed.

  • You are saying"impedance" when much of the time you mean "resistance.". Voice coils have resistance and also impedance. Impedance changes with frequency.

  • You would have to spend considerably more on your other audio components in order to hear a perceptible difference with more expensive wires.

  • Not true that only high end speakers have impedance of 4 ohms, any speaker can be 4 ohms, and there have been high end speakers at 16 ohms. It make your mistake worse, that impedance can be frequency dependent, with some speakers dropping to less than one ohm at certain frequencies.

  • Most house speakers and amplifiers unless specifically States in your manual that will go to a 2 ohm load a general rule they go from 4 Ohms up to 16 however 8 is the standard never under any circumstances well unless you just have a crappy amp that you want to play with and you don't care if it gets blown up do not mix the
    Ohms if you have two sets of 16 ohms that drops your amp 2 8 if you put 2 8 ohms it drops it down to 4 so what happens if you mix and 8 ohm set with a 4 ohm set and you Crank It Up your relay pops and your making a trip to the shop to a get that one fixed or beat by another one how would I know this well I had a friend of mine that happened to he had a receiver that would handle two pair of speakers he put his on a and borrowed a friend's and put them on be not thinking that his were 8 ohm and his friend had 4 ohms it worked fine until he gave it some volume oops is real a snap and his amplifier went to the shop he called me and asked me what happened I asked him what he did he said I just took two sets of speakers to my amplifier I asked him was a both the same ohms he didn't know I asked him what happened when he turned it up he said my relay snapped and it ain't came back on since I went to his house examined his setup and I told him your amplifier hates you he said why I told him yours was 8 your second set was 4 oops you just dropped your amplifier down to 2 ohms or less they don't like that needless to say that was an expensive lesson for him

  • So what's the difference between speaker wire and wire you would buy at the auto parts store in a big spool or household wire if you bought it in bulk? . Is it cheaper? I know it's a little more flexible.

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