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Which cable would be better ?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by banditcosmo, Sep 24, 2008.


  1. banditcosmo

    banditcosmo Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2002
    Charlottesville, Va.
    Which would be the better speaker cable to use for one cab ?

    12 gauge 1/4" jack standard speaker cable or
    14 gauge speakon speaker cable ?

    They are both around 4'. Asking because I always heard it was better to use heaver gauge cables.
     
  2. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    The necessity for heavier gauges depends on the wattage you want to put through the cable, really. What kind of amp do you have?
     
  3. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    At a four foot length there's no advantage to using more than 16 gauge. Speakon is preferred for all speaker applications. The only proponents of using heavier gauge cables than necessary are those who make them, those who sell them, and those who believe the advertising claims of said manufacturers and retailers.
     
  4. banditcosmo

    banditcosmo Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2002
    Charlottesville, Va.
    Markbass LMII through a Schroeder 1215L cab
     
  5. Eublet

    Eublet

    Jul 28, 2006
    Listen to Bill! At that length, the heavier gauge cables offer no benefit, and are just more costly for nothing. Copper isn't cheap these days! And they're also be stiffer and a bit heavier. 14 Gauge speakon cables seem to be pretty standard and are easy to find. I would get one with a twist speakon connector rather than the thumb clip, and forget about it.
     
  6. +1

    If you have the choice make it speakon.
     
  7. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    ...Yeah, go with the Speakon.
     
  8. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
    not to be redundant but yes....go with Speakon type.
     
  9. 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
    Fixed. ;)
     
  10. banditcosmo

    banditcosmo Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2002
    Charlottesville, Va.
    speakon it is.
    Thanks guys !
     

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