Guide – NB Speaker Cables

***CHRISTMAS HOURS, CHANGES TO PRICING IN THE NEW YEAR AND AN UPDATE ON BI-WIRES***

Guide

Picking the right cable for your application

Picking the right cable can be difficult given the amount of ‘over information’ online. This guide helps keep things simple and informative.

First, check your speaker ohms. This is generally found on the back of your speaker near your connectors or check the user manual of the respective speakers. Tip: Your front speakers may vary from your centre and or surround speakers!

Next, determine your run length. This is the distance of cable required from your receiver to your speaker.

Then, refer to our charts below!

 

Maximum Recommended Length by Speaker Ohm

AWG

mm2

2 ohm

4 ohm

6 ohm

8 ohm

Vigilante

11

4.59

12.2m

24.4m

36.6m

48.8m

All Rounder

13

2.90

7.8m

15.6m

23.4m

31.3m

Inbetweener

16

1.50

3.8m

7.5m

11.3m

15.0m

Tradie

17

1.13

3.0m

6.1m

9.1m

12.1m

For example, if your run is 12m with 4 ohm speakers, you would choose the ‘All Rounder’ cable for optimum performance. If your run Is 12m with an 8 ohm speaker, you would get away with 'Inbetweener' cable. For really short runs, ie less than 3m you can get away with our ‘Tradie' cable across most applications. If however, you have the heightened senses of a Comic Book character, choose our ‘Superhero/Villain/Vigilante’ cable to avoid disappointment.

There are no issues in choosing a ‘better’ cable than the guidelines suggest, you may just be spending more than you need to achieve optimum sound. We are not going to lie to you, thicker cable will provide less resistance and arguably, ‘higher quality’ sound but to the average human ear, there's no audible difference.

For many, even going outside the guidelines will not create a difference you can hear, which is why we offer our ‘Tradie' cable for those that just want a good quality, Aussie built cable.

Keep in mind, this is just a guide. If you have freakishly good hearing, are a bat or a super hero, you may want to ensure you’re well within the guidelines to avoid disappointment by jumping up a cable. Alternatively, if you’re getting old, worked in noisy environments all your life or just don’t care, you’ll get away with our Tradie cable in just about all applications.

Can I ‘mix’ cables?

You certainly can, and it’s actually exactly what’ve I’ve done. I have 12 metre runs in my set up with my receiver being on the back wall of my theatre room and the floorstanders being at the front. My fronts are rated to 6 ohms. I am right on the cusp of the ‘All Rounder’ vs ‘Inbetweener’ range and out of the ‘Inbetweener’ range if I choose to upgrade to 4 ohm speakers. Therefore, I actually have the ‘All Rounder’ cables running through the walls/ceiling (without banana plugs) connected to wall plates which are 10m long, then 1m ‘Inbetweener’ cables from the wall plate to my speaker and wall plate to receiver. Calculating the exact ‘resistance’ of this is beyond my expertise, but I remain well in the guidelines.

Plus, I think the Violet ‘Inbetweener’ cables look super cool. They’re also less prone to tangling being double sheathed.

Anything else to keep in mind?

Yup, keep ‘future proofing’ in mind! You may change speakers over time which can influence which cable will be the right choice. Say you have a set of floorstanders rated to 8 ohms, with a cable run of 13m. The 'Inbetweener' cable is the logical choice. However, when ‘upgradeitis’ kicks in and you want to replace those entry level 8 ohm floorstanders with some fancy new Dynaudio Confidence speakers which are 4 ohm, you’ll start falling outside the guidelines.

So, if you’re someone who upgrades often or have runs that are right on the cusp of the maximum recommend run length, perhaps jump up to the thicker, lowee resistance cable to be safe.