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Speaker cables are too short

This Home Theatre unit comes with speaker cables that are too short for my intended installation. They appear to be aluminum cables and have a proprietary plug to attach them to the back of the unit. I would like to replace them with longer speaker cables but have two problems. 1.) Will using copper wiring change the electrical characteristics (impedance? resistance?) in a way that will negatively impact the signal quality? 2.) Does anyone have a source for the plugs that are attached to the cables? These might be a proprietary design.

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  • mikeidk Feb 04, 2009

    I had considered this solution, thanks. Soldering on an added length of cable especially going from aluminum to copper might effect the signal (that was what I was asking in #1) and would probably be an invitation to electrolysis/corrosion. Going from aluminum to copper isn't acceptable without a special connector as far as I know. Best practice would seem to be locating a new female plug and and going with a copper. I was hoping to find a source for the connectors.

    RCA jacks are not going to fit the back of the unit and the original cables are a very light aluminum (24/26 gauge?) so I would guess that you are suggesting light aluminum wire to RCA jack to RCA jack to copper wire. Isn't this going to degrade the signal? I thought that the fewer connections the better.



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Just go to Radio Shack and buy some RCA jacks, the length of wire that you need and a soldering iron. Those inexpensive extension cords (12 and 15 foot) at the dollar store make good speaker wire, as copper is better. Just cut off the ends. Speaker wire from an electronics store is expensive.
If you decide to go to Radio Shack or similar store, the clerk should be able to explain everything to you, if not, run, don't walk to another store. You will eventually find someone to help you. If you don't know how to solder, just go to google and type in "how to solder". I'm sure you'll get plenty of hits.

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    Bob Feb 04, 2009

    No, you don't want to go through all that, and yes, that would just make a mess of things. What is the model number of your unit, I'll be glad to check it out. You should still be able to get the required jacks at Radio Shack, as they have quite a selection of jacks. Take the unit with you if you have too.

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    Bob Feb 04, 2009

    OK, mikeidk,

    Those cable connectors are indeed proprietary, and readily available on Ebay with up to 40 feet of cable on them, just search for Samsung audio cables and connectors at ebay. Sorry about the bad steer.

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    Bob Feb 04, 2009

    Thanks for the positive feed back mikeidk. By taking the time to vote, not only did you benefit my rating, but you just put a FixYa out there on Google where hundreds if not thousands of people can now benefit from _our_ efforts. If someone types in anywhere close to your subject line: "Samsung Home Theater...speaker connectors", they will now have a fast, correct answer. Thanks again for a definite load off the FixYa servers and database.

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