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What speaker cable do you use/recommend?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kaxx, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Kaxx


    Apr 1, 2007
    Columbia, MO 65201
    Simple question here, what is the speaker cable of choice here on this forum?
  2. I haven't ordered mine yet (I will this week) but the cable of choice seems to be from Butch at Bayou Cables. From all I've heard he's a great, stand-up guy to deal with.

  3. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    If you can't make your own (it's not exactly brain surgery) Bayou makes good cables at a reasonable price. You can spend more but it won't sound better.
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    because of my lack of bulk cable and shrink wraps and such... I buy from www.greatcables.us
  5. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006
    whatevers cheap and reasonably durable.
  6. lazyone2


    Jul 27, 2006
    new jersey shore
    +1 Bayoucables.com
  7. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    12 guage 2 conductor flexible electrical cable from my local Home Depot's bulk rolls, toss on some speakon connectors, and its just as good as anything that can be purchased commercially at a mere fraction of the price.
  8. JansenW


    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    I'm happy with Pro Co Sound Fat Max speaker cables.
  9. MarkMyWordsXx


    May 17, 2006
    no one for monster?
    they have my vote
  10. I like monster cables, but they are too expensive... 45$ for a single instrument cable?

    You gotta be kiddin' me...
  11. PJaye


    Feb 2, 2004
    I make speaker cables with round, 14 gauge stranded copper, rubber-jacketed service cord as it's called. I get it from an industrial supplier since HD or Lowes only carries 3 conductor -you don't need an extra (green) wire though - clip it off.

    Speakon-to-Speakon just long enough to go between your amp and cab(s). WHITE wire is 1+ and BLACK is 1- on the Speakon terminals. As long as 1+ is WHITE on both ends, you'll be good (unless someone messed up the cab wiring).

    You will NEVER know the "sonic" difference between this cable and PREMIUM or Monster wire. The standard Neutrik Speakon plug is an NL2FC, 2-pole connector. There are also configurations using +2 and -2 for different applications on a 4-pole Speakon. Either plug can be used as long as you don't wire to the second (2+2-) terminals.
  12. sublime0bass


    Aug 2, 2007
    Boone, NC

    monster cables suck imo
  13. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I use about 2.5 feet of 12-gauge 2-conductor stranded copper wire from Orchard Supply Hardware.
  14. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    I use 10gauge 2 wire cable I buy at a local auto stereo installer and I also have cables made from Monster wire that I was given at a stereo retailer that I do business with. I can't tell if there is any sonic difference, I have not noticed any, but the Monster is a lot more flexible. I have settled on Speakon connectors as phone jacks are simply incapable of handling my system power safely. Also I don't have to worry about shorts from a diconnected cable. I use the 4 pole version as do the manufacturers of all my equipment. I bought some 2 pole versions and found that although the 2P plug will fit into a 4P socket the reverse will not. I make these cables myself and I agree with Bill it's very easy to do.
  15. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    I've been a satisfied user of Peavey speaker cables for years.
  16. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Sabre Cables. I have also used Monsters, and various other brands.
  17. MacGroove

    MacGroove Brother of the Groove with a 'Pocket Full of Funk'

    Oct 5, 2005
    I have 2-3ft. cables Monster made back in the early 90's for my WW's Ultra and still use them with it.

    For other systems I use the 12 guage, 2 stranded copper wire with speakons.
  18. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member


    I make my own speakon and banana cables. I buy the parts from a local discount store (Chuck Levins). Last time I was there, they had some 14ga speaker wire remnants sitting around that I bought for cheap. I don't use speaker cable longer than 6 feet, so 14ga is actually thicker than I need.

    Fortunately I no longer own any amps or cabs that require 1/4" phono plugs. Good riddance: poor design, and soldering isn't my idea of fun.
  19. throbgod13


    Mar 26, 2005
    PHIL JONES BASS speaker cables..

    i love them.. without doubt..

    no zipwire, 12 gauge speaker cable can match it..
  20. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    Make my own (10 ga. speaker wire from an auto stereo shop + neutrik speakons) or Bayou cables!

    Dan K.

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