Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Is using a Speaker Cable bad???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, May 29, 2002.


  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    Last night, I couldnt find another instrument cable to put between my preamp and power amp, and tried using a short 14 guage speaker cable.

    Would this be better?? or worse?? i understand the need between the speaker and power amp, but what about the other way around?
     
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    While I don't think this will damage anything, you will get a lot or RF noise in your signal. Instrument cables are designed to prevent RF interference of the relatively low-level signals from instruments or pre-amps.

    On the other hand, never use instrument cable between the power amp and speaker. Speaker wire is unshielded so that the heat generated by the high signal levels can be easily dissipated. Using shielded cable in this application could result in damage to the speaker and the amp. It could also start an electrical fire.