Tube amps and speaker wire ?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Limelakephoto, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. So I just purchased a tube amp...The Glow One Amp. Now what I am curious about is what gauges and brands of speaker wire are best with a tube amp, and how they affect the sound quality. I currently use "12 gauge Challenger 2 Ultra High Resolution OFHC Copper" wire with my solid state amps and love it.
    The speakers I will be using are either Klipsch RB-61's or a pair of homemade bookshelfs. The homemade bookshelfs use a first order crossover and I know the impendence curve of them. So my ultimate question is... I need your recommendations on gauge and so on ! I would rather use something easily accessable and not expensive ! Opinions please !
  2. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Any OFC copper wire will be fine. I use 16ga all the time.
    -Bill
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  3. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    Los Angeles
    Speaker wire is speaker wire. Use any kind you want to of a good quality.

    Oops, Bill answered above, sorry.
  4. Okay my main concerns are gauge...And I confused the heck out of myself reading about wire capatance and wire impedences and how it changes by frequency and so on.........Now another question...Am I just over analyzing all this ?
  5. Lonson

    Lonson I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So

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    Bay Village, OHIO
    If you like your current wire, and seems you do, try it, you'll likely really like it. You may be over-analyzing this. . . a tad. :)
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  6. Thanks everyone !
  7. moops

    moops Well-Known Member

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    Geebung, Australia
    Hey Steve,
    So you don't worry as much about speaker wire as say... interconnects ?
    There's not much difference between better quality speaker wire ?
    I guess it comes down to one's definition of "good quality" cable.
    I remember a quote from you in the Fisher thread where you said you were using some old stuff from years ago and it actually added a bit of grit to the sound which you found beneficial.
    I like suggestions like that, based on what you're getting/enjoying from the listening experience.
  8. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    The OP is asking a basic question. I didn't want to confuse him re: His question. Speaker wire and interconnects are very important, equally.

    Grit in vintage gear, yes. I still do that. Monster Pro-Link 400 is the grittiest wire I know. And Monster speaker wire is perfect for vintage.

    For modern (80's and later tube) stuff that needs neutral or flavoring, that's different.
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  9. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    If you like the DIY approach, try some solid core wires - perhaps in silver. If you have short runs, sometimes the lighter gauge silver wire works beautifully.

    Not the cheapest option out there, but one of the better ones.

    http://www.audio-consulting.ch/?Parts:Silver_Wire_with_cotton_isolation

    You could make something equivalent with silver wire and your own cotton insulation.

    What length are we talking about?
  10. Scott in DC

    Scott in DC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Washington, DC
    I recommend DNM Precision 2 Solid Core copper speaker wire. Good stuff for tube amps.

    I looked up your amp and noticed it is also has a headphone output. Are you going to use this amp for headphone listening? I bet it would be good as a headphone amp.

    Scott
  11. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    I have a lot of time for some of the design ideas Denis Morecroft (DNM) has come up with over the years. Here is some interesting reading

    http://www.dnm.co.uk/intro.html
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  12. I really had no intention of using my amp for headphone listening. Basically ....We had some tube gear in the house growing up,macintosh fisher etc. I just feel my modern gear is awesome (Marantz & KI Pearl mainly) , but it's not true to what I want. So trying tubes again and want to "get my ducks in a row" !
  13. nm_west

    nm_west Well-Known Member

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    McIntosh [below] and Fisher [middle right] sound nice even with monster speaker wire. :)


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  14. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

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    GTA, Canada
    This is what I use, Monster speaker wire for my McIntosh/Tannoy system.

    I tried speaker wire that was specifically designed for vintage speakers but the wire was not suitable. It was very bright. I guess the manufacturer thought all vintage speakers were dull and needed help in the high end.

    Oh well. More money down the drain. :)
  15. z
    WOW!!!!!! NICE GEAR!
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  16. nm_west

    nm_west Well-Known Member

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    Abq. NM. USA
    Thanks Limelakephoto.


    Steve
  17. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    You must not be married. :winkgrin:

    -Bill
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  18. nm_west

    nm_west Well-Known Member

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    We realize that it's too late for such nonsense.
    On the other hand, she does let me keep the C28/MC240 combo at her house. :)
  19. I'm married ! 37 years young no children (one on the way). My wife is a doll ! She rarely gives me crap about my audio equipment and often says my stereo sounds so beautiful. She never bats an eye when I buy expensive SACD's and vinyl. Now I do get the odd cheap shot about my addiction like most audio addicts....Not often though !

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