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

Comments

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,974
    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.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 11,532
    I would never use any speaker cable less than 12 gauge. Even if only lamp cord.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

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    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

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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,365
    The reason most people say go with Audioquest and Panamax is that it's very good stuff. I'd say stick to that plan.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,295
    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!
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,010
    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 https://douglasconnection.com/Raw-Speaker-Cable_c33.htm
    #3 Monoprice/Amazon Basic 12awg.

    HDMI

    I only go with Audioquest

    Interconnects (RCA)

    Audioquest
    Dougs
    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 UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

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

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • pelhamplacepelhamplace Posts: 65
    If you were using douglasconnection what grade would be good starter cable (I.e., price per foot)?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,172
    Do you price your speakers or AVR by the pound? Of course not, so why the hell do people think it's ok to price cables, which are a critical part of any system, by the foot!?!
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,132
    RTIA9's- use 12 gauge from the likes of Audioquest, Douglas connections, Signal cable.

    Center you could use 14 gauge but don't go any less.

    Subwoofer ??- You could use any brand cable, but Audioquest makes decent ones too.

    Surrounds can be 14 or 16 gauge, since they are just ambient sounds.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 552
    edited July 8
    F1nut wrote: »
    Do you price your speakers or AVR by the pound? Of course not, so why the hell do people think it's ok to price cables, which are a critical part of any system, by the foot!?!

    Probably because with AV its a lot of feet to those small rear surrounds..........If you buy the best cord all around you will be spending 80% of your budget for the two speakers that do the least. I would recommend going the other way and budget 80% for better cables for the mains and center. For most any cheap 12 ga wire (including lamp cord) will be OK for the rears.

  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,010
    If you were using douglasconnection what grade would be good starter cable (I.e., price per foot)?

    Furez 12AWG. great cable for the price
    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 UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

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

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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