Setting up surround sound...

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    Need HELP setting up surround sound...

    on my Yamaha GX-70 stereo. Does it matter what kind of speaker cable I use to hook the speakers up? I just got back from Radio Shack, and the guy working there told me that I should buy more expensive speaker cable. Thanks in advance.
     
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    No cheap speaker cable will do exactly the same thing (provided its thick enough copper) as expensive wire, except it wont look as pretty. The wire that came with the system would probably be ok, but if you want to be safe, you could buy a roll of 14awg 50feet for less than 15 dollars or so.
     
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    I bought some Radio Shack 16 guage MegaCable....a 50-foot roll for 18 bucks. Is that expensive for the speakers I have (Yamaha)? Thanks a lot.

    http://www.radioshack.com/product.a...name=CTLG_007_002_003_004&product_id=278-1270
     
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    Thanks! :wavey:
     
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    it will huh? now i will agree with you that the "expensive" stuff isn't always worth it, but then again it doesn't do the same things. honestly, it doesn't. i'm not trying to sell you anything, but there are some major differences between the cheap stuff and the good stuff.
     
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    So do you think it would be worth it for me to pay $50 for a Santa Cruz rather than pay nothing or close to nothing for an old/cheap sound card? Would you be able to list benefits of a newer/better sound card?...Thanks!
     
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    agreed! I saw a pretty cool demo with a simple bookshelf system that was modified with binding posts to allow for banana plugs. Theyswitched quickly between different types of speaker cables (3 or 4 audioquest, 3 monster cable, and regualr 18ga zipcord) and I could definitely hear the differences on even a cheap system. :)
     
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    Yes there are major differences, such as price, technical specifications, and looks.

    Unfortunatly none of them affect the sound to human ears.

    Have you ever done a double blind test to prove you can hear the difference between a cheap zip cord, and an inexpensive set?

    EDIT: Don't you work at Ultimate Electronics? If so, what audio component do you guys make the most profit on? ;)
     
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    Why not try that test by having a friend switch between each, without you knowing which one is playing each time? You will have to do the test several times of course though. Your results might be quite different than before. ;)
     
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    yes i have done tests. and yes, it was for my job. is there a difference. YES. now the question comes down to how much better. of course there are different grades and not to say that the insane dollar amount ones are worth it, i.e. monster z cable, but a lot of them do make a huge difference. once again, best bang for the buck is definately something to look for...just my 2 cents.
     
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    most profit? that would be krell or sunfire. but no one ever buys those. now if you want to help me out this month for a contest, i would be much ablidged...;)
     
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    Blind tests? Meaning you did MULTIPLE trials where you did not know which was playing?
     
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    Sorry I meant most profit ratio.

    What do you mean help you out this month for a contest?
     
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    there's a contest for the next couple months. grand prize being an rx-8. not my fav car, but hey at least i could sell it and make some $$ off of it. i'm in 1st place right now, but we'll see how it all turns out. as for the tests, yes to your answer. infact, we probably do the tests about twice a week for training purposes or even just for our own sake.
     
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    A contest for what? To see who gets the most commissions? :confused:

    You do multiple (like more than 10) trial blind tests every week with cables, amplifiers, etc?
     

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