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Old 01-17-2008   #7
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I have mapleshade speaker cables and they sound great. I have found their advice and products to be refreshingly sound and of high quality. There is a lot of vodoo in this wonderful hobby of High Fi sound. I find a lot of things sound different and what is better is a matter of personal taste. We are all searching for the mythical holy grail of perfect sound and that is half the fun.
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Old 01-24-2008   #8
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This is a quote from the guys at Mapleshade records.
• NEVER use speaker cables shorter than 8'. Amazingly, 4' sounds much worse than 8'. Contrary to common belief, shorter interconnects (2 m or less) and longer speaker cables sound WAY BETTER than the opposite—based on extensive head-to-head tests.
I think this may be damn right!
I think much shorter than 2m for interconnects, though, expecially analogic ones.
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I think this is like the chicken and the egg argument, there is no 'right' answer and different cable makers have different rec's. For each companies cables, I would recommend listening to them, I for one use Transparent Reference and in many discussions with them they always recommend short speaker cables and long IC (if one has to be long) I have heard other companies with different ideas, apparently Mapleshade is one of them.

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You know the old saying about the shortest distance between two objects is a straight line. Usually shorter lengths are better overall. While I respect Mapleshade, you don`t need them to tell you that!!
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Kenny, that may depend on the way they make interconnects. As general rule, the shorter the signal path, the better.

For speaker cables there can intervene other factors, but I dunno. I know only that my 2,5m Kubala sounds wonderfully.
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Telstar,

I see you are using the Linn 5140's, I used to have them formy HT, I was running two pairs fully active with a 5120 center, also active. Great sound but the biggest PITA to set up and move with all those wires...

I've met the guys behind Kubala-Sosna, nice guys, and really good cables. Which line did you get?
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