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Apropos of one of the countermelodies running through the fugue that is this thread ;) -- I think I'll start a separate thread on the archaeology (or is it paleontology... or forensics?) of "audiophile wires" anon.
Meanwhile -- doing some quick searches for early tests of high-end ;) cables, I ran into this -- which I believe I've seen mentioned on ASR before. From 1983, so quite a while after the seeds had been sown, so to speak.

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source: https://worldradiohistory.com/Archi...iFI-Stereo/80s/HiFi-Stereo-Review-1983-08.pdf

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Apropos of one of the countermelodies running through the fugue that is this thread ;) -- I think I'll start a separate thread on the archaeology (or is it paleontology... or forensics?) of "audiophile wires" anon.
Meanwhile -- doing some quick searches for early tests of high-end ;) cables, I ran into this -- which I believe I've seen mentioned on ASR before. From 1983, so quite a while after the seeds had been sown, so to speak.

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source: https://worldradiohistory.com/Archi...iFI-Stereo/80s/HiFi-Stereo-Review-1983-08.pdf

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Wow, 24AWG speaker cable. No wonder they thought a reasonable sized cable was better.
 

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The Bybee Quantum Purifiers combed out all the snags ;)
You know, mentioning this epochal product got me to musin'...
In this day and age, with the rise in interest in analog media (LP rekkids and even -- heaven forefend! -- cassette tapes :eek:), I wonder if, just maybe, there's a market for Newtonian Purifiers, too?

:cool:

Where are my quantum entanglement cables?
Shouldn't that be "when are my quantum entanglement cables?" ;)
 

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Did you read the article? This was with 30' lengths. With typical lengths, the resistance will be much lower and the difference much less.
Uh, well, ok. Still pretty bad idea. Is the idea to save money on speaker cable?
 

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Apparently this thin stuff was sometimes given away with budget systems/speakers, but the real point in this test was to make the comparison more extreme. AWG is not generally used in the UK so I had to look this up <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge#Tables_of_AWG_wire_sizes>. Wow, 0.5 mm diameter! Is that about what's used in telephone cable (the indoor stuff)?
Telephone cables are much smaller, it’s used for lighting flexible cords. That’s the reason a lighting protective circuit breaker is rated at 6 Amps, while the fixed wiring has a minimum CSA of 1.0 sq.MM and could be used on much more heavy loads than a circuit with a protective device rated at 6 Amps.
 

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Telephone cables are much smaller, it’s used for lighting flexible cords. That’s the reason a lighting protective circuit breaker is rated at 6 Amps, while the fixed wiring has a minimum CSA of 1.0 sq.MM and could be used on much more heavy loads than a circuit with a protective device rated at 6 Amps.
It seems that telephone cabling (in-wall) is usually CAT 5 these days and this is normally AWG 24. Was a thinner cable used before?
 

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It seems that telephone cabling (in-wall) is usually CAT 5 these days and this is normally AWG 24. Was a thinner cable used before?
Not here. I still have some of the old four conductor 24AWG, with a gray jacket.
 

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Not here. I still have some of the old four conductor 24AWG, with a gray jacket.
Right, so that gauge is what was tested in the Stereo Review article. Thanks.

FWIW I know someone who used to reckon telephone cable actually sounded better than "normal" speaker cable.
 

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Right, so that gauge is what was tested in the Stereo Review article. Thanks.

FWIW I know someone who used to reckon telephone cable actually sounded better than "normal" speaker cable.
I guess if you like the bass lump. Not hard to believe someone might.
 

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Apropos of one of the countermelodies running through the fugue that is this thread ;) -- I think I'll start a separate thread on the archaeology (or is it paleontology... or forensics?) of "audiophile wires" anon.
Meanwhile -- doing some quick searches for early tests of high-end ;) cables, I ran into this -- which I believe I've seen mentioned on ASR before. From 1983, so quite a while after the seeds had been sown, so to speak.

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source: https://worldradiohistory.com/Archi...iFI-Stereo/80s/HiFi-Stereo-Review-1983-08.pdf

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Here is the conclusion:
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That was then, this is now:

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- Rich
 

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Here is the conclusion:
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That was then, this is now:

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- Rich
If you don't like dynamic slam and detail, I'm sure someone else will buy them ;)
 

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If you don't like dynamic slam and detail, I'm sure someone else will buy them ;)

I cannot afford the dynamic slam, nor the duck. :)

- Rich
 

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Install under carpeting? OMG!

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Those are legit products. Ceramic power cable isolators are on power line poles. Cost $5 or so. But their use case migrating to the audiophile realm is a bit of a fantasy. It does keep cables routing tidy.
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