Where do I guy a cheap speaker cable for an amp?

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  1. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    Plug on one side, connectors on the other. Cheap. Thanks.
     
  2. brianr0131

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    Make one out of an old brown lamp cord
     
  3. chrisrocksusa

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    Huh?
     
  4. Onioner

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    Yup. Solder, connectors, and lamp wire = speaker cable.
     
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    Radio Shack has everything that you'll need. I'd be surprised if it added up to $8.00
     
  6. rockonomics

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    Lamp cord is really the way to go. Many of us have something laying around, a toaster, coffee pot, etc. that doesn't work any more. Rob that.
    I recently got some 18 AWG lamp cord for .26 a foot at my local Ace Hardware. The best source for the female part of blade connectors it indeed Rat Shack. Their pancake 90 degree 1/4" connectors are also good quality.
    When I first came here there were guys insisting that the high buck speaker wires are the best thang. Don't listen to them. They're sniffin' corks.
    BTW OP, if you don't know how to solder and don't have the equipment, get it and learn. It's a must for us electric music peeps
     
  7. ken374

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    go with a thick 12 gauge cord
     
  8. '58Bassman

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    Why? 18AWG is fine for most amps and 12AWG won't sound any better- the frequency response isn't wide enough to matter. Plus, he'll need a different (more expensive) plug with 12AWG.
     
  9. rockonomics

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    bull puckey!

    This is correct. You'll never get 12 AWG to work with standard 1/4" plugs. There's also a length issue. If you're running, say 20 feet of speaker cable a thicker AWG will be needed. That's true of extension cords, guitar cords or any other kind of electrical cord. But if you need 20 feet of speaker wire, chances are good you've moved into playing stadiums and you have techs to worry about that ****.
     
  10. SonicBoom

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    For longer cords or bigger wire - Home Depot sells 2-conductor electrical power cord wire by the foot. The gauge of the wire isn't as important as the number of strands that make up the wire. A higher number of strands makes for a more flexible cord with better high frequency response (HiFi applications - not guitar).
     
  11. zzmoore

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    Do you have any extra extension cords laying around.?
    If they are in the 18-16 AWG range, they make a GREAT speaker cable......just because of the heavier, outside insulation. Otherwise, I do not see why the "lamp cord" suggested by other members would not make an excellent 6-10 foot speaker cable.
    Best
     
  12. ken374

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    i use a 14 gauge when I had a cab,people say the shorter cable the better. You only need a 3 foot cable to a cab
     
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    I can tell from the sound when using a cheap thin cable to a Horizon 14 gauge, more smoother distortion, little thicker sounding
     
  14. rockonomics

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    More bull puckey. You be hearing things you want to hear. Wire is wire.
    All wire, solid or stranded, is made using an extrusion process. Read up on it. I don't recall the actual percentage, but molten copper has to be damn near 100% pure or it will not go the extruder. It will spit and just not work. The thicker for longer runs statement holds true, but once you get under 3 feet there physically can NOT be a difference in electrical signal transfer from one wire to the next regardless if it's 18 AWG or 8 AWG. Granted, if you go down in the 20 AWG or thinner range you've limited the amount of "water that can flow thru the pipe". The quoted part is still what instructors in any discussion of electrical theory still use and have since the beginning of electrical theory classes.
     
  15. smolder

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    You guys have it all wrong. The new wire from the hardware store doesn't have the same outer audio coating mojo. You have to go old stock. Lamps, radios, etc from the forties and fifties - those power cords sound much more clear and much warmer with just the right capacitance.



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  16. FFTT

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    Lamp Cable is fine.

    12 AWG cable if you want to go all out.
     
  17. DRS

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    What does this mean? 1/4" mono on each end is a standard amp to cab cable.
     
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    Some combos have a 1/4" jack at the chassis and a speaker at the other. If you have a head/cab you prolly need 1/4" at each end.
     
  19. guitarjazz

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    I"m not going to be able to sell you my $500 per foot audiophile grade cable...damn.
     

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