Cables Are like Cholesterol
When we last met our hero, he was troubled by a "muffled, wet" sound coming from one of his speakers.
Will new cables help? Let us find out!
Cables Are like Cholesterol
Speaker wires catch a lot of flack. I think it's because of how hidden they are, how behind-the-scenes they are, thus skeptics label them as unimportant.
Working on the Buyer's Guide and realizing how many different cable manufactures exist, led to some amount of curiosity: there's got to be some logic behind this madness. These cable manufacturers do not all exist simply to steal your money. So why do people always go apeshit whenever you bring up the topic?
As I hope you read in my previous post, I'm building a system, but I felt a total sense of insecurity with my speaker wire connection. The potentially flubbed connection seemed like it was leading to one of my speakers sounding muffled and wet. After all my previous wild hi-fi purchases, I hadn't really saved any money for speaker wire or interconnects, but the idea of banana plugs attracted me due to their ease and security.
I needed about six feet of speaker wire to comfortably set up my speakers and give them room to breathe. With that sort of demand, the cheapest terminated speaker wire on audioadvisor.com still ran over $100. Stephen then suggested a few lower-priced brands, including Blue Jeans Cables.
I was sold.
After a good hour or so exploring the different options on their website, I went with the website recommended BJC 10 Gauge, a modified version of the Belden 5000 series cable. So with a pair of 6 feet speaker cables and a BJC LC-1 Stereo Audio Cable, I was all set at $107.19. Damn!
Two days of Buyer's Guide slavery passed and then I received a small US Priority Mail package. Inside were three sets of fat-ass cables. Thick like slabs of bacon, protective like coronary arteries, chunky like the cholesterol in those arteries after the bacon.
Holding them felt safe. Maybe they lacked that luxurious lifestyle appeal of the fancier cables with their shiny colors and intricate woven designs, but that's not what I was looking for. I wanted quality, I wanted sturdiness, I wanted comfort. Only to encourage these feelings of security were the locking banana plugs.
My brother and I hooked up my system (as it had to be moved for the air mattress that he was sleeping on). The set-up was fast and easy. There were no questions of doubt or loss.
Unfortunately, the speaker problem persisted where one of the speakers was muddled and damp. I tried out different inputs on the amplifierit wasn't the input. I tried switching the speaker cables around, but this didn't change anything eitherthe problem was not the amplifier. I then tried playing a record and the mud persisted in the same speakerthe problem was not in the Y-cable.
Well, the speaker cables made me comfortable, but the persisting loudspeaker problem still irks my every artery. I told JA about my issue, and he took the loudspeakers home to measure. His hypothesis is that the tweeter somehow became disconnected from the woofer. Sounds fixable. Right?