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Excess speaker cable?

Well I have just moved house, got my speakers set up just right but I want to site my HiFi rack (with Turntable) well away from my speakers.

I have 2 x 6m runs of Chord Odyssey - however due to where i want the HiFi rack one of the 6m runs will about 3m of excess cable what is the best course of action to hide the cable?

I was thinking of coiling it up with a few cable ties and sit it under my HiFi rack on the carpet - is this a no no?

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

As long as the cable is not under any strain (To tightly wound for instance) then there should be no problem. (I prefer to wrap them as mains cables come with new equipment but with nice gentle curves)

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

stevebrock wrote:

I was thinking of coiling it up with a few cable ties and sit it under my HiFi rack on the carpet - is this a no no?

Fold the cable in loops rather than coil it.

 

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

thanks I will just loop it up loosely - wont bother with tie wraps

 

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

I have 2x 5m runs of cable. The right speaker needs 1m so I have 4m in a 30mm coil laid on the carpet behind the speaker & next to my rack. It should really be folded gently into a figure of 8 loop to reduce the added inductance - I may try doing so but expect to hear no difference. You may wish to experiment yourself. I've used 2 strips of Velcro but also find releasable cable ties useful for cable duties.

This subject pops up on various fora from time to time - many recommend using the needed lengths only. IMO, is more of an option when buying new expensive cable where there is absolute certainty of placement. The theoretical issue whould then be different LCR characteristics to each speaker. Different time-delay is a non issue. I've even used different cable to each side in the past without noticing anything odd. I cannot say if I tried now with a far better system if I'd notice or not. Bearing in mind just how different either speaker can be in a pair, we are probably quite tolerant to such mismatching anyway.

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

Different lengths are no problem.

If the cable is un-shielded I would however use one or two different sized RF supressors near the amplifier terminals.

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RE: Excess speaker cable?

chebby wrote:
Fold the cable in loops rather than coil it.

Has anybody ever tried blind testing cables that are folded, looped or tied in a double half hitch knot to see is they can actually hear any difference?

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steve_1979 wrote:

chebby wrote:
Fold the cable in loops rather than coil it.

Has anybody ever tried blind testing cables that are folded, looped or tied in a double half hitch knot to see is they can actually hear any difference?

 

Probably not at home - I must try blind testing different colours on my walls & carpet once I figured out how to do near-instantaneous switching

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