Rewired: Anticables and Duelund Speaker Wire Impressions
Back in February, I was rewiring my Tekton Lore with the Duelund tinned copper wire. An internal rewire. Which, by the way, was an excellent exercise that illustrated to me once again that everything matters. The electronics inside the speaker are critical to the sound quality, and you can alter that sound with simple changes. Not all experiments are successful, of course, and some end in frustration. I’m willing to go there in order to better understand what I’m hearing.
This time, I was jazzed with the result, and ordered more wire to test as speaker runs. I’ve been running the 16GA tinned copper wire since then, tethering the Lore (since traded), Klipsch Forte and now the Altec Lansing A8’s. Yep, the past 6 months have been busy with hunting big horns and restoring old speakers.
Beyond sonics – I do appreciate the simplicity of bare wire, and the flexibility of the 16GA tinned copper wire. Also, at $10/meter, it’s a fairly inexpensive option.
The Duelund wire offered delicious tone and highlighted the harmonic complexities within the music. They did not offer the same frequency extension or wide open sound, but I was content with the trade. There is an intimacy the Duelund bring that is very engaging. And, running these thin wires was much easier and less conspicuous than the larger wire.
I’ve since restored a pair of Klipsch Forte I, and used the Duelund wire there too. Those speakers sound so good. Damn good. I did invest a bit in their crossovers. Only reason they are currently benched is I’ve moved up to larger format horns. Altec Lansing A8’s – Voice of the Theatre. I plan to build new external crossovers and rewire them with the Duelund wire. Eventually, I’ll commission a custom cabinet. Nerdy goodness. New isn’t always better. For me, these old horns are the bees knees. It all depends on your own definition of great sound.
Last weekend I put the Anticables Reference 3.1 speaker wire back in the system. They certainly live up to their reputation for open, extended sound that does not compromise tone or dynamics. In fact, the first thing I felt was the increase in energy transfer – even at low volumes the Altec’s were sounding more immediate and engaging.
Bass improved in quality and quantity. Despite the increased high frequency extension, the sound is not only open but more relaxed too. Tone does not suffer, but is finely balanced with that addictive immediacy with which the Altec’s present themselves. For such big ugly boxes, they can disappear like…ninjas? No. I’ve never seen a ninja. Still, you know.
These are a fantastic and affordable alternative for anyone unwilling or unable to invest thousands in wiring their system. Fortunately for you, if you’re not already familiar with Anticables, you don’t have to take my word alone. They’ve won many awards over the past few years and many more honorable mentions from the show reports our most respected audio reviewers.
I won’t be going back to the Duelund speaker wire for now. The Anticables are just too good. I will be using that Duelund wire again for the Altec crossover builds.
Months ago, I broke one end of one of my old Anticables wire – the spade was apparently stressed from too much movement, and it gave out. I emailed Anticables explaining my order for a single cable, and received a call from Paul Speltz offering to replace both my cables with the newest version of the 3.1 reference wire. In return, I was asked to ship my cables back to them. I, like many of you, have been on the receiving end of terrible, or even a complete lack of service in the past. This was one of the best experiences I have had. Huge thanks to the Speltz’s.