Speaker cable - is their a proper "amp end" and a "cabinet end?"

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by pedalguru, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. pedalguru

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    I was just messing around with my amp today and i decided to reverse ends (that is, putting the end that was in my amp, into the cabinet, and the end that was in the cabinet, into the amp) and there was a slightly but noticeable difference in tone.

    My question is, is their a proper end to put in the amp and a proper end to put in the cabinet? I know my cable as a white ring on the tip of one side, and a black ring on the tip of the other.
     
  2. GCDEF

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    No there wasn't and no there isn't. Musical signal is AC. It flows equally in both directions. Turning the cable around couldn't have made any difference.
     
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    This. Unless you have an end coming loose and you wiggled it. But usually that's on/off.
     
  5. charveldan

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    Not on mine........ :munch
     
  6. pedalguru

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    I swear there is noticeable difference in tone when I switch the ends.

    For example, if I put my mids all the way down it will sound scooped, but if i switched the speaker cable around and did the same thing, the mids are way more noticeable and not as scooped.
     
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    Yer hearin thangs. It can't physically happen. End of story.
     
  8. GCDEF

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    Do you understand what Alternating Current is?
     
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    Have a friend switch without you moving or looking, a double blind test will bust the myth. I remember a friend doing a speaker positioning double blind when I was a teenager, he tricked me with no change and I thought there was a difference.
     
  10. chrisrocksusa

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    don't listen to these guys, they don't know what they're talking about.

    lots of unusual things you can do to tweak your tone. I recently replaced the leather strap handle on my mesa with a rubber fender style handle and i've noticed a considerable improvement in my clean channel.
     
  11. bagpipe

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    No. Can you explain it to us?
     
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    Being as the earths polarity is reversing,I believe you did notice tone enhancement,due to that particular modulation at the moment!
    Take advantage of the phenomena,cause it could reverse back to normal soon.
    Also you should make a speaker cable from old vacuum cleaner power cord as that works good also!!
     
  13. GT100

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    As others have said this makes no sense to anyone who understands electronics.
    If what you say is true then maybe either your cable or possibly speaker or amp jacks are not up to scratch.

    Lloyd
     
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    Most likely a wire flipped around in your brain.
     
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    To add fuel to this debate, Evidence Audio states clearly which end is which on their Lyric HG cable.
     
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    Obviously the original leather handle was a natural brown tint which colored your tone, as opposed to black leather which would've matched the rubber replacement.
     
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    I swear these threads are why I keep coming back here
     
  18. thewalkingboss

    thewalkingboss Silver Supporting Member

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    I have Monster cables that indicate the direction of "signal flow" too. When I noticed that, I stopped buying Monster cables. Since I am an electrical engineer, I pretty much know when to throw the bullsh*t flag. Signal flows equally in both directions because the signal from your guitar is AC.
     
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    I have one on my surround-sound sub-woofer that I got for nothing. I purposely plugged it in backward to prevent the bass from being too boomy. :Devil
     
  20. GT100

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    That's an instrument cable and most likely a three conductor one.

    Lloyd
     

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