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Warm speaker cable ideas...?
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My system is failry bright. Primare I20 into KEF Q5 speakers via a DacMagic. I play digital files exlcsuivle - but all lossless.

I have some cheap Silver cable from Richer Sounds. I used to have some nice Kimber and Chord stuff at my old place but it was roued under the floorboards!

Anyway, I know the Primare is kind of bright and the Kefs are nuetral - I don't want t change those so just leaves speaker and interconnects.

I've also got an Arcam airDAC on order but that probably won't help.

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

to be honest, you shouldn't use cables to eq your system.  If it's not sounding right, try moving the speakers, room treatment, or just down right changing the speakers. 

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

I hear you. But wanted to try something less drastic first.

I've tried a few placement options but nothing much happens - sound staging changes but not tone.

I suggets cables because I have seen massive changes happen from 1 cable to another - albeit quality noyt tone.

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

reason I said that is you've moved house judging by your original post, so things will sound different anyways so it may just be the fact that your new house/room isn't going to give you the tone you want with your current set up.  Starting down the route of cables to achieve a particular tone imho is just going to be a neverending spiral.  Much better to address the main issues. 

 

If you're playing everything digital, what is the source player?  Can you try using an eq on that and see if that helps - just as a test of course.

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

The source is just a WDTV medi box but linked optically to a DAC playing FLAC files.

The set up was bright in my oldplace too.

If I have to change the amp and / or speakers I will but they sound great otherwise.

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I've heard that the dacmagics are bright, so it might be that that (bloody english language) is causing the issue.  Somebody with more knowledge should hopefully be along soon to confirm/deny this Smile

 

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

Try some Atlas Hyper 2.0 or 3.0. Not what I'd call warm but very balanced and neutral.

I changed to the Hyper 2.0 from QED Silver Anniversary and the sound has less of the top end I used to have, Still plenty of detail though.

I think the current RRP is £20 p.m (used to be £15), but I managed to snag a 3 metre pair for £50 from eBay, not once but twice!

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

Go and buy some copper mains cable, nice and cheap and you can try.

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maybe replace the silver cables with copper ones. I have heard that silver can lead to a brighter sound

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davidpr wrote:

Go and buy some copper mains cable, nice and cheap and you can try.

 

And do what with it?

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

Warmth is a speaker thing. Try moving the speakers around.

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

I had a similar problem with Monitor Audio speakers and Pioneer receiver.  I asked Monitor Audio for advice and they recommended Van den Hul cable as "not bright".

Pioneer KRP-500A, Sky+HD, M.A. Apex, B&W PV1D, Oppo 95, Apple TV3, PS3, iPad Air, iPhone 5S, B&W P7, Bose QC3

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

Changing the speaker  'wire'  can EVER change  how your speaker sounds, for real   ?     (excuse the ignorance plz)

Argh, forgot to add, not an argument... just saying is all... so feel free to disagree... tis fine            :type:

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10mins in the sun helps to warm cables? Smile

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RE: Warm speaker cable ideas...?

Since most people can't discern audible differences between high end cables and zip cord in blind tests, I think cables would be the least likely culprit in any objectionable sonics from a hi-fi system.  That said, different cable configurations give different blends of resistance, capacitance and induction, which may be audible to some audiophiles.   I say spend your time and money on the other components first, and then build or invest in high end cables if it suits your fancy.  My system is bi-ampd so I use two sets of these DIY cross-connected coaxial cables.  

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