Hi all - would anyone strenuously recommend avoiding the use of speaker cables that are different lengths for R & L? I'm considering buying a pair of good quality cables, but one of the pair is 2 ft (61cm) longer than the other.
Even the slightest difference in speaker positioning will outweigh a ridiculously enormous difference in speaker wire length. Electricity on a wire doesn't quite travel at the speed of light through a vacuum, but we will use that as an approximation (roughly 186,000 miles/sec or 300,000,000 meters/sec). Compare this to average speed of sound through air at roughly 774 miles/hour or 0.2 miles/sec or 346 meters/sec.kach22i said:Equal when possible.
I'm not an engineer, but doesn't elec. move through the wires near the speed of light? Wouldn't it be all to easy to get things out of phase and have the wrong sounds canceling out each other instead of forming a stereo image?
That's basically my thinking as well. I'm pretty darned sure that the lengths of even brand new paired cables would differ by at least a few wavelengths of electrical waves.SteveInNC said:Even the slightest difference in speaker positioning will outweigh a ridiculously enormous difference in speaker wire length.