Wanna save on speaker cables? Use a few coat hangers instead

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wire_coat_hanger.gifA member of the online Audioholics forum claims that, in a blindfold test between a Monster Cable speaker cable, and four coat hangers, twisted together to make two impromptu speaker wires, no-one could tell the difference:

“Keeping us blind folded, my brother switched out the Belden wire (are you ready for this) with simple coat hanger wire! Unknown to me and our 12 audiophile buddies, prior to the ABX blind test, he took apart four coat hangers, reconnected them, and twisted them into a pair of speaker cables…

“After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, we were asked if what we heard sounded good to us. All agreed that what was heard sounded excellent, however, when A-B tests occurred, it was impossible to determine which sounded best the majority of the time and which wire was in use.”

Coat hangers are certainly a lot cheaper than speaker cables, though investing in at least basic cabling has to be a good idea. Save coat hangers for their intended purpose, just don’t get swept away with the notion that über-expensive audio cables do the job significantly better than cheap ones.

At least, not for the majority of listeners.

(Via Wired)

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