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Is using a Speaker Cable bad???

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

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    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. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member 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.

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