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Speaker cable recommendation

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Hi all,

I'm currently using the following setup for my speaker rig:

Electrocompaniet DAC -> (Van den Hul The Bay C5 RCA interconnect) -> Cyrus 8 integrated amp -> (QED XTube XT-400 speaker cables) -> Epos M5 speakers

I have had the cables for nearly 10 years and the ends have started fraying off at the plug ends. I cannot re-terminate as there is no more spare length for the setup. There seems to be no obvious sound degradation but the thought of dust settling between the conductor wires arguably is reason enough to get a replacement.

I'm okay to spend $100-$200 for a 2.5m pair (5m in total). I'm a cable believer to the extent that they offer some difference (not always for the better or worse), but never more than a change in source, amps or transducers. No complaint on the cable (probably because I'm so used to the sound now). Another run of the XT-400 is within consideration but are there better alternatives for the same or lower price? The only complaint I have on the XT-400 is its size: difficult termination, looks bulky and stress on the plug ends (thus the fraying). Sound-wise, I had the initial impression that they sounded kind of dry but I've either grown into it or burn-in took care of it. I've read a bit on the Chord Audyssey 2 and Atlas Hyper 2.0. Both seem highly regarded but I don't know how they compare to the XT-400 and, more importantly, synergise with my system.

Appreciate any input and recommendations. I'm located in Sydney, Australia.

Thanks!
Edited by Zorander - 3/6/13 at 10:23pm
post #2 of 3

All your options seem to be reasonable choices. As I'm from the US, I'd also like to suggest Analysis Plus Oval 12. I looked at their dealer network and it seems they have two within a 30 (Google) minute drive of Sydney. I'm not sure what the pricing would be in your neck of the woods, as here it retails for $239.00 for an 8 ft. pair. (Of course, 8 ft. is a bit shy of 2.5 m as well.) I've used Analysis Plus interconnects and speaker cable in my rig for over a decade and haven't had the itch to swap them out for anything else.

 

Other inexpensive choices are Kimber 8PR (~$175) and 8VS (~$225), AudioQuest Type 4 (~$200), and Blue Jeans Cable's BJC Ten White or Belden 5T00UP ($75).

 

All these prices are retail USD, so I'm not sure if it would fit your budget when taking into account overseas shipping (if there's no dealer in your area).

 

Good luck and let us know which cables you get!

 

http://www.analysis-plus.com

http://www.kimber.com

http://www.audioquest.com

http://www.bluejeanscable.com

post #3 of 3

another couple you might want to consider within your budget:

 

SUPRA Ply 3.4/s - here in the UK is about £45 for a pair of 2.5 meters (unterminated); add £34 if terminated with Supra Combicon Plugs. good cables.

 

Van Den Hul.

 

Mogami.

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