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Amp to Speaker Hookup

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DavidE, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. DavidE


    Feb 7, 2010
    I'm connecting two 8 ohm speaker cabinets to a Markbass SD800 head. Due to the vertical orientation of the bottom cabinet (I'm doing this for a reason), my highest quality cables won't reach from the SD800 to the input of the bottom cabinet. I hooked a speaker cable from the amp to the top cabinet and then another cable from the top cabinet to the bottom cabinet. Safe to assume that's the same as hooking each cabinet directly to an output on the head? The top cab is a Markbass and the bottom is a Schroeder.

  2. BBEgo


    Apr 14, 2010
    Corona, CA
    Yup, that's correct.
    Can you really hear a difference between different speaker cables? I'm only asking because I can't tell 1 speaker wire from another.
  3. DavidE


    Feb 7, 2010
    I'd just rather use my thickest and best cables for this 800 watt rig. I have some thinner and longer cables, but why not use the best stuff if I have it?
  4. BBEgo


    Apr 14, 2010
    Corona, CA
    Oh yeah, I get that.
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    The only requirement for speaker wire is that it is heavy enough to handle the current. From a head down to a cab underneath, even 18 GA is enough, but you can use 16 if you want insurance. I use regular wire, like a lamp cord so it is clear that it is not an instrument cable.

    Just as important to have good, solid connectors. I have added the Speakons to some cabs for the better connections. The 1/4" plugs and jacks that we use are terrible for speaker level audio.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    Where you really need good speaker cables is for the PA subwoofers.

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