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    Default Using odd thickness cables.

    Asking for a friend, I have no idea what the answer is, but would there be any difference if, for instance, you used one run of 2.5 mm cable to one speaker, and 4 mm to the other.

    I did ask sometime back if itís advantageous to use the thickest cable available, and the well known around these parts expert said no
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    I doubt anybody would hear any difference with odd cables........until you pointed it out, then they might insist they can detect it. Not that they are really likely to .
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    Thanks Geoff!

    He’s now thrown another question at me, ‘What about joining odd thicknesses together?

    I personally said don’t do it, but I might be wrong.
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    Tell him to stop messing about and just order the necessary amount of Van Damme 2.5mm. It won't break the bank!
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    Ha ha!
    I’m actually trying to flog him my Van Damme. 2.5mm hifi cable! ��

    I was certain that I could hear an improvement when I got the 4mm version over the 2.5mm.
    Do you think it was the placebo effect/my imagination etc?
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    Decided to invite him round to ‘listen’ to the cable, and at the same time satisfy my own curiosity.
    Tried all the variations, and can report there’s no discernible difference in using thicker cable on one side, both Van Damme Hifi, one run 2.5 mm, one 4 mm.

    Also not a jot of difference when joining two lengths together.

    Probably annoyed all the purists now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by icehockeyboy View Post
    I was certain that I could hear an improvement when I got the 4mm version over the 2.5mm.
    Do you think it was the placebo effect/my imagination etc?
    Probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icehockeyboy View Post
    Ha ha!
    I’m actually trying to flog him my Van Damme. 2.5mm hifi cable! ��

    I was certain that I could hear an improvement when I got the 4mm version over the 2.5mm.
    Do you think it was the placebo effect/my imagination etc?
    IMHO probably not a placebo affect. In my experience different cables to speakers make a difference, some working better than others, and will enhance or degrade different aspects of the sound, you don't say what was better with the 4mm version, but I suspect it might have been a better bass and low mids. I have tried at least 6 different speaker cables over the years in my systems, including heavy 35amp mains cable, and sone work well and others don't.\

    The best way to see if there is a difference is to sit there blind fold and to do a double blind test. So someone else keeps switching the cables and you listen to several tracks that you know and just score each track out of 10 without knowing which one is which and then review it after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icehockeyboy View Post
    Decided to invite him round to ‘listen’ to the cable, and at the same time satisfy my own curiosity.
    Tried all the variations, and can report there’s no discernible difference in using thicker cable on one side, both Van Damme Hifi, one run 2.5 mm, one 4 mm.

    Also not a jot of difference when joining two lengths together.

    Probably annoyed all the purists now!
    Hi,

    Sorry this is probably my ignorance, but you say you have a Naim Mu So nothing else?

    How did you use speaker cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    Hi,

    Sorry this is probably my ignorance, but you say you have a Naim Mu So nothing else?

    How did you use speaker cable?

    Gary

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