#1
In a few days I'm going to be getting a SWR 6X10 speaker cabinet, which has the option of Speakon or 1/4th inputs. I need to get a new speaker cable anyway so I was wondering if I should buy one with a speakon connector or just a standard 1/4 connector. Would there be any sonic or any other kind of difference? the head only has 1/4th outs if that helps at all.
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#3
Quote by ethan_hanus
Well, you could hook the cab up to a PA system with Speakon connections if you want...but in all honesty, there is absolutely no advantage to speakon over 1/4th.


Incorrect.

The main advantage to Speakon is that they're more secure. You're far less likely to have problems with them coming lose over time. There's also a small risk of shorting things with using 1/4" jack connections on speakers, which is obviously eliminated. You won't actually hear a difference, it's simply a more practical connection. Most of this applies more to the amp than the speaker however, so it doesn't really make much difference either way, but I'd probably get speakon -> jack still.
#4
Exactly. I'd a trust a speakon lead over a 1/4 jack any day.
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#5
alright thanks all, might do a full New Rig Day when I get it.
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#6
Besides what others have mentioned, there's also safety reasons for the use of speakon over 1/4. Since the metal area isn't exposed, you wont risk being shock. Another reason included the fact that it's mandatory by law in europe to use speakon.
#7
I'll keep that in mind if I ever go to Europe. Would a 1/4 (amp) to Speakon (cabinet) achieve the same effect?
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#8
Quote by Skeletomania
Besides what others have mentioned, there's also safety reasons for the use of speakon over 1/4. Since the metal area isn't exposed, you wont risk being shock. Another reason included the fact that it's mandatory by law in europe to use speakon.

Really? Any reason why I was allowed to buy both a Hartke LH500 head and an Ampeg PF210 cabinet from reputable stores when neither has a speakon port?

If it was illegal, new equipment with it in wouldn't be sold and any older equipment wouldn't pass safety tests.
#9
Quote by Skeletomania
Besides what others have mentioned, there's also safety reasons for the use of speakon over 1/4. Since the metal area isn't exposed, you wont risk being shock. Another reason included the fact that it's mandatory by law in europe to use speakon.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acSh15Uw7Vo

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#10
Not only are speakons safer and more secure but they make a more positive connection and carry more current and voltage.

You are not likely to hear a difference and both will work but at anything of 100W or over you are better off using a speakon. They are more expensive though.
#11
Quote by RatzaChewy
Really? Any reason why I was allowed to buy both a Hartke LH500 head and an Ampeg PF210 cabinet from reputable stores when neither has a speakon port?

If it was illegal, new equipment with it in wouldn't be sold and any older equipment wouldn't pass safety tests.


It's not illegal, but a mandatory for newer gears to phase out 1/4 inch jack for speakon.