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Old 10-09-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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Quality Speaker Cable

I'm looking for a high quality, very thick, speaker cable to connect head to cab, only needs to be 3 feet.

Budget: Keep it under $100
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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I personally use a 14ga C.B.I. cable. You don't need a super high quality speaker cable, because the quality vanishes at the cab connector when speaker wire takes over. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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Buy some switchcraft or neutrik jacks, go to lowes and get as heavy of speaker wire as you want and some heat shrink tubing. Solder it up, shrink the tubing and you're good to go. BAM, super quality cable for 15 dollars.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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Buy some switchcraft or neutrik jacks, go to lowes and get as heavy of speaker wire as you want and some heat shrink tubing. Solder it up, shrink the tubing and you're good to go. BAM, super quality cable for 15 dollars.


To shrink I would just heat the tubing, correct?

So far so good, any other suggestions?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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I make them out of mains extension cables. Good quality copper, rugged construction, high current rating. I have some PA cables made out of extension leads that are over 20 years old and still going strong.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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If you can't be bothered making one, I like Carson cables. They're pretty cheap and use good quality jacks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #7
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If you can't be bothered making one, I like Carson cables. They're pretty cheap and use good quality jacks.


Link? I would prefer a very short cable, using a 50 footer now, and, yeah it's a mess.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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That's the beauty of making your own - you can make it to a custom length. It's a skill worth developing because you're always needing some specific cable and you can end up with exactly what you need, not just something close but exactly right.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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Only ones are on eBay are the 10ft and 20ft, they do a 5ft which is what I use and it's perfect. Now that I think about it though, I think they're mostly only available in Australia.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #10
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Only ones are on eBay are the 10ft and 20ft, they do a 5ft which is what I use and it's perfect. Now that I think about it though, I think they're mostly only available in Australia.


Yeah, I find them on ebay, but they don't ship to the US.

I think I will try making a cable, though, I never really have time for stuff like that
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:40 PM   #11
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I mean really though, it's just a speaker cable. I'm sure the $20 ones at your music store are fine. Or just eBay speaker leads.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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That's the beauty of making your own - you can make it to a custom length. It's a skill worth developing because you're always needing some specific cable and you can end up with exactly what you need, not just something close but exactly right.


Exactly.

Plus, speaker cable is way easier than instrument cable (which is already a cinch). The only thing you have to keep in mind is to make sure the ground is the same on both plugs, and thats easy enough since most speaker cable has the ground and hot marked in someway to tell the difference. I always test everything with a multimeter before I solder the second jack just to make sure anyways. I test everything after I've soldered it up as well to make sure I haven't shorted anything accidentally. I'm willing to bet thats way more QC than goes on any mass produced cable.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:57 PM   #13
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Second on the Neutrik connectors.

If you don't wanna make one, then just get a Live Wire speaker cable. Thick looks cool, but not really necessary unless you're running thousands of watts. Even the cheap Live Wire cables tend to have Neutrik connectors (the cheap Neutriks).
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #14
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That's the beauty of making your own - you can make it to a custom length. It's a skill worth developing because you're always needing some specific cable and you can end up with exactly what you need, not just something close but exactly right.

IMO every guitarist should know how to solder. Invaluable skill.

TS: For now I would probably look into buying one, but definitely buy some bulk cable and connectors and get to teaching yourself how to solder.

I rarely buy cables anymore.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #15
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These guys speak truth buddy, build your own!
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:37 AM   #16
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personally i would go longer than 3ft. yes 3ft will reach, but if your cab isn't on top of your head its useless. i use 10 footers, sometimes when i gig i will put a 2x12" on both sides of stage and set the head somewhere safe in the middle.

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:39 AM   #17
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Get you a 10 footer. Never know when you'll want to use a bit extra distance. I started out with cab topping 3 footers as well but quickly I realized it was best to grab some extra cable.
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I just got some 16g speaker cable from Ratshack.
It does the job.
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I'm telling you guys - mains extension cables. There is always somebody selling them cheap and they last forever - and it's twisted pair (you just chop off the third wire.) They can take 100x the abuse of normal speaker wire.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #20
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I've got a 12 gauge Peavey speaker cable with Nuetrik connectors. Very nice USA made speaker cable that can take tons of abuse. Speaker cable quality is not near as important as instrument cable quality but I just feel better with a thicker cable with quality connectors.
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