The Long and the Short of It

1_sufferin_mind

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Woo Audio WA6se w/ Audeze LCD-2
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Revel Ultima Salon
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Revel Voice
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PSB Image B5
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PSA XV-15se w/ ICE amp
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Cary SLP98P / VPI SuperScout with JMW9 & Benz H2
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Samsung 60" Plasma / Panasonic 50" Plasma
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PS Audio PWD with Streaming Bridge
How is your power amp / speaker interface configured? Why?
(a) Short Interconnects / Long Speaker Cable, or​
(b) Long Interconnects / Short Speaker Cable.​
There are many opinions on the web, with what seems like minimum science. Should I worry about it, or configure the system in the most convenient way?
 
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Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Nakamichi MB-1 Seven-Disc CD Changer
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Pioneer BDP-23FD Blu Ray Player
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TASCAM SS-R05 Media Player/Recorder
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LRS Electronics Human 61 Speakers (all channels)
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Realistic Minimus 7 (front EFX speakers)
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Custom Built-in Subwoofer with Dual Shiva 12"
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Yamaha YDP2006 Digital Parametric EQ (front mains)
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Yamaha YDP2006 Digital Parametric EQ (subs)
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Adcom ACE-515 (for power management)
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Chase Technologies RLC-1 (remote control for subs)
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Yamaha DT-2 (digital clock display)
Screen
Audio Control R130 Real Time Analyzer
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Stock Yamaha Remote
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Pioneer PDP-5070HD Plasma TV
Short interconnects and long speaker cable. Because the amps are in the receiver and not all over the room. :)

Regards,
Wayne
 

Sonnie

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OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
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Emotiva T2
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MartinLogan EM-IC
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MartinLogan EM-IC
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I'm with Wayne :T
 

1_sufferin_mind

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Emotiva XMC-1
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-5
Additional Amp
McCormack DNA-1 Monoblocks (On Standby)
Other Amp
Woo Audio WA6se w/ Audeze LCD-2
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo BDP-95
Front Speakers
Revel Ultima Salon
Center Channel Speaker
Revel Voice
Surround Speakers
PSB Image B5
Subwoofers
PSA XV-15se w/ ICE amp
Other Speakers or Equipment
Cary SLP98P / VPI SuperScout with JMW9 & Benz H2
Video Display Device
Samsung 60" Plasma / Panasonic 50" Plasma
Other Equipment
PS Audio PWD with Streaming Bridge
Hahahahaha. You have your laughing!
Would it make any difference if I told you this was for a dual-purpose room for 2channel listening and movies?

I ask because I may need to run my A/V system through my analog preamp’s HT Bypass function. It’s a passive design that works by switching a pair of line level signals (such as the LF/RF one’s from a pre-pro) to the preamp’s output whenever the unit is powered-down.

With the 2CH system linked to the HT system in that way, the left and right monoblocks can be positioned either next to the mains, or next to the preamp (over in an equipment closet). Since we’re talking distances on the order of 30 feet, I wondered if good quality unbalanced interconnects would be good enough. The analog preamp has no balanced connections.
 

Sonnie

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NAD T-758 AVR
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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Seven
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
Screen
Elite Screen
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
So you want to keep your monoblocks next to the main speakers. I would be sure to use shielded RCA as a precaution.

I personally like the idea of 30ft of speaker cables versus having the amps plugged into a different circuit than the other equipment and having to run 30ft RCA cords.
 

1_sufferin_mind

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My AV System  
Preamp, Processor or Receiver
Emotiva XMC-1
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-5
Additional Amp
McCormack DNA-1 Monoblocks (On Standby)
Other Amp
Woo Audio WA6se w/ Audeze LCD-2
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo BDP-95
Front Speakers
Revel Ultima Salon
Center Channel Speaker
Revel Voice
Surround Speakers
PSB Image B5
Subwoofers
PSA XV-15se w/ ICE amp
Other Speakers or Equipment
Cary SLP98P / VPI SuperScout with JMW9 & Benz H2
Video Display Device
Samsung 60" Plasma / Panasonic 50" Plasma
Other Equipment
PS Audio PWD with Streaming Bridge
What brand speaker cable do you like? Since I no longer fall for snake-oil, I’m at a loss for a go-to brand. I know Monoprice builds good cables. Blue Jeans is supposedly better for certified HDMI and CAT 5/6. I wound up with generic Mobater Cable for the runs to my surrounds.
 

Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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My AV System  
Preamp, Processor or Receiver
Yamaha RX-Z9 A/V Receiver
Main Amp
Ramsa WP-9440 Stereo Amplifier (for subwoofers)
Additional Amp
TIVO Premier TCD746320 (OTA TV tuner)
Other Amp
Nakamichi MB-1 Seven-Disc CD Changer
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Pioneer BDP-23FD Blu Ray Player
Front Speakers
TASCAM SS-R05 Media Player/Recorder
Center Channel Speaker
LRS Electronics Human 61 Speakers (all channels)
Surround Speakers
Realistic Minimus 7 (front EFX speakers)
Surround Back Speakers
Custom Built-in Subwoofer with Dual Shiva 12"
Front Height Speakers
Yamaha YDP2006 Digital Parametric EQ (front mains)
Rear Height Speakers
Yamaha YDP2006 Digital Parametric EQ (subs)
Subwoofers
Adcom ACE-515 (for power management)
Other Speakers or Equipment
Chase Technologies RLC-1 (remote control for subs)
Video Display Device
Yamaha DT-2 (digital clock display)
Screen
Audio Control R130 Real Time Analyzer
Remote Control
Stock Yamaha Remote
Other Equipment
Pioneer PDP-5070HD Plasma TV
Can’t recommend a specific brand as it’s been probably more than 20 years since I bought any speaker wire. I typically look for something 12-14 ga. oxygen-free.

Regards,
Wayne A. Pflughaupt
 

Tony V.

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EV Sentry 500
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EV Sentry 500
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Mission 762
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Mission 762
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SVS PB13u
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Logitech 1100
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Denon DT 625 CD/Tape unit, Nintendo WiiU, and more
Monoprice for speaker wire. just get 12awg oxygen free
 
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