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Cable flow direction

Hello all,

It's been mentioned to me that I may have my interconnects not connected properly. I have chord chameleon vee3. I can't see any markers on the cable or terminated ends.  If they do exist, am i right you direct it from the source to the amp? Can anyone let me know what to look for.

Secondly without wanting to open needless debate, does it make a difference.

 

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RE: Cable flow direction

If you can find the markings, yes direction is from source to amp.  You shouldn't have asked the second question!  Having said that, if the manufacturer suggests it's directional it would be perverse, whether you believe it or not, to intentionally use them the "wrong" way round.

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RE: Cable flow direction

Thanks for the quick response ifor.

Can't find anything and didn't think it was that big a deal. Agreed I might have started something that I shouldn't have!

Sorry in advance everyone.

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RE: Cable flow direction

Its an alternating current flowing through them no? So it won't matter which way round they go?

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Electrons can't read so it won't matter which way round you connect them.

 

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RE: Cable flow direction

just use the writing on the cable, reading from source to amp.

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RE: Cable flow direction

I noticed the other day that my signature interconnects to one of the amps did not follow the arrow, thought about changing it but could not be bothered ! I am going to take the system to bits for a annual dust today so will report back on any differance but I suspect the only change will be in the direction the little arrows are pointing.

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RE: Cable flow direction

lejockey wrote:

Its an alternating current flowing through them no? So it won't matter which way round they go?

Correct, but people will accuse you of blinding them with science if you bandy complicated terms like 'alternating current' with them.

It suits a lot of people (including some WHF? staff) to think of audio signals as flowing in one direction from source to speakers, no matter how disastrous that would be if true!

Give up now, relax and enjoy the Easter break.

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With Chord, and a lot of ither companies, the biggest cause of cable directionality is actually to do with the shielding- the shield is only connected at one end in an attempt to reduce noise. I can't remember whether the connected end is preferred to be on the receiving or sending end, but the manufacturer woukd have determined this when they put the arrows on.

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Deliriumbassist wrote:

With Chord, and a lot of ither companies, the biggest cause of cable directionality is actually to do with the shielding- the shield is only connected at one end in an attempt to reduce noise. I can't remember whether the connected end is preferred to be on the receiving or sending end, but the manufacturer woukd have determined this when they put the arrows on.

Indeed. Cables with overall screens that are only connected at one end need to be installed the 'right way round' (usually with the screen connected at the amp end).  This doesn't mean that the signal is in any way directional - of course its not.

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You think it wouldn't make any difference but  I had a set he wrong way round and all my albums played in reverse...llawrednow ym ruoy  :O

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Interestingly, NAIM maintain that their speaker cables have a directional aspect. I have not been able to find a shred of justifcation for this stance.

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carter wrote:

You think it wouldn't make any difference but  I had a set he wrong way round and all my albums played in reverse...llawrednow ym ruoy  :O

Reverse or Welsh?

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Welsh?,I struggle with English myfanwy

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RE: Cable flow direction

Oh, and OP, if the aren't any markings, the flow of the script on the cable jacket is your arrow with Chord- Connect it in such a way that it goes Source-> "The Chord Company Chameleon VEE3 blahblahblah" -> Amp.

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RE: Cable flow direction

Tackleberry1 wrote:

Secondly without wanting to open needless debate, does it make a difference.

One man's observation here < http://www.gspaudio.co.uk/blog/cable-polarity_post19.html >.  I think the message is try it for yourself and be open minded.

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