"How Home Audio Cables Differ
From Professional Speaker Cables"
Speaker cables for home sound systems differ in many obvious and
subtle ways from the cables the pros use.
Home audio systems are not designed to be set up
and torn down day after day, and may use a connector system as simple
as screw down binding posts.
Pro sound systems need a durable connector like a
Speakon which can be quickly and correctly hooked up without damage
to the speaker or the amplifier.
Home audio systems normally use lower power
amplifiers and shorter cable runs. In both instances a smaller gauge
cable can be safely used.
sound systems may use high power amplifers which calls for heavier
gauge cable to deliver maximum power to the speakers. Long speaker
cable runs may also make larger gauge cable a necessity.\
3. Cable Jacket
audio system speaker cables are not subjected to abrasion or hostile
envirioments and a thin walled jacke is usually adequate.
sound system speaker cables feature thick but flexible rubber
jackets that can withstand heavy use and abuse for extended periods
of time, including outdoor use.
home audio system speaker cables are normally left in place for a
long time and not moved from place to place, they are made of
untwisted conductors which will lay flat on the floor but are
difficult to coil.
sound system speaker cables need to be neatly stored when not in
use. They feature conductors made of many pairs of twisted light
gauge conductors which will neatly coil and uncoil when properly