Recommended cables for HT setup

Hi there,
It has been a while since I posted.
I bought some new Anthem gear for my Polk speakers and now on to the next challenge, hooking it all up.

My understanding is that for speaker wires for my center channel and my RTiA9s, I should be looking at 14 gague speaker wire. Does it matter what brand they are? Should I be looking at anything in particular ?

Basically same question for HDMI cables, power bars / surge protectors, I've seen a lot of folks recommend AudioQuest/Panamax.

And lastly, XLR connectors, worth it? if so what am I looking at when buying? Prices seem to vary for same length but not sure why..

  1. Speakers
  2. center — CSi A6
  3. fronts — 2 x RTi A9
  4. rears — 2 x RTi A3
  5. Ceiling — 2x RC 80i
  6. Subwoofer — SVS PB-3000
  • Amplifiers
  • Anthem A5
  • Anthem A2
  • Marantz AV-7704


  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,572
    The problem with cables in a HT rig is twofold - you have to get so damn many of them and receivers are so noisy most improvements will never fully surface.

    I’d recommend talking with Douglas Connection and getting him to build you some or doing some DIY with his Furez bulk. It’s not cheap cable but it would perform excellently in your system.

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,697
    I would never use any speaker cable less than 12 gauge. Even if only lamp cord.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin S1 - X1 power supply
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,273
    The reason most people say go with Audioquest and Panamax is that it's very good stuff. I'd say stick to that plan.
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,933
    Have to throw out the supra Rondo, tin plated copper, super flexible. Sounds excellent and easy to work with. 13 awg, close to this coveted 12 awg being mentioned. 😜

    I use their wiring throughout my ht, speakers, hdmi, ethernet, power, no issues or complaints!
    - Not Tom /////

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,766
    The quality of the speaker wire matters more than gauge.

    Here is what I've used in the last 5 years

    #1 Audioquest type 4
    #2 Doug's Furez
    #3 Monoprice/Amazon Basic 12awg.


    I only go with Audioquest

    Interconnects (RCA)

    SVS Soundpath

    I have no experience with XLR cables

    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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