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Martha's dad

Exposure amps and speaker cables

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I am about to pick up an old Exposure Super VIII as a spare power amp. Exposure are one of the few cheap (S/H) power amps that are solid state that I rather like. The problem is I use Goertz speaker cable - same as Townshend isolda.

I checked with Exposure as to whether this was ok and i received a definite DO NOT USE GOERTZ reply as they could make the amp unstable and possibly blow it up! :shock:

RIGHT - we dont want to do that do we. And I dont want to spend much on another set of speaker cables for a standby amp. Would ordinary QED do - any ideas - this all sounds disconcerting but that is what Tony at Exposure said. I know exposure always said that only exposure speaker cable should be used (as in the words of mandy Rice-Davise they would say that wouldn't they)) however. . . . .

This may be a Pink Fish forum query as i think there are exposure owners over there but any advice here?

Thanks as ever.

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NVA amps have similar problems, I think.

NVA make excellent cables for their own amps - the LS5 is a real corker. :^

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But a pair of LS5 cables would be £250 that's more than the amp, and as i said this is a backup amp in the event of an emergency! Would QED or something similarly affordable do?

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Ah well, if you need a loooong pair of cables - pop down to B&Q and get some solid core mains flex. Really. It's the twisty multi-strand thing that upsets NVA amps, and probably Exposure, too.

What do you need a spare amp for anyway? ... the Viva startin' to smoke & sputter? ;-)

Anyways, you might find the LS5 supplants your Goertz stuff - Personally, I never really got on with any of the Goertz cables I have tried.

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Just seen some LS2 at £30 - that may do the trick.

Viva starting to sputter - miaoooooow! Handbags at dawn Jerry! :fight:

No - just that I have always had a back up amp just in case (used to have back up wives too) - you wouldn't know about having the odd extra piece of hi-fi around would you, ahem :rofl:

:D

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Exposure cable probably best. But any dumbell configuration type stuff should do.

2 conductors separated by a gap of a few mm.

Nain Nac , cable talk , linn.

Or on a budget , that Gale see through stuff they sell at Richer Sounds.

Cheers,

Mark.

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Marthas dad wrote:

Just seen some LS2 at £30 - that may do the trick.

NO NO NO :nup::shock:

LS2 is crap.

NVA LS1, LS3 or best, LS5 - quite different to LS2. Trust me on this.

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Ecosse - 4.45 if the amp has biwire outputs, it is good but not cheap. I used to used Exposure amps, and used QED Profile 4x4 and upgraded to the Ecosse. When I sold the 18 monobloc power amps, the buyer called Exposure and asked them what their recommendation was - Ecosse 4.45 was the recommendation. QED will do very nicely too

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JANDL100 wrote:

Marthas dad wrote:
Just seen some LS2 at £30 - that may do the trick.

NO NO NO :nup::shock:

LS2 is crap.

NVA LS1, LS3 or best, LS5 - quite different to LS2. Trust me on this.

Ohhhh - ok maybe the see through Richer Sounds stuff then?

Of course i trust you Jerry - I would even trust you to cut my toe nails.:notworthy:

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Thanks CJR kind of what i was after - now these wont blow up the amp then?

Beginning to think this spare Exposure idea more trouble than it's worth - but used to have a pair of old Exposure mono blocks and they were impressive. So for a cheap transistor spare have gone back to the idea.

Thanks for all advice so far.

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If you perceive differences in cable sound then Van Damn really is :pants:+ :td:. (As Bry-fi so eloquently put it on another thread)

imo etc

But I'll leave you to it now,Kooler King- best o' luck. :)

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No - never cared for Van Damme either was thinking QED

Wouldn't plain old reliable QED do Jerry or the see through stuff from Richer Sounds - infact I may never need to use the amp ! - don't want cable wars ! Just had e mail from Exposure - QED is fine they said, so perhaps sorted. . . . maybe . . . perhaps. . . .

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Marthas dad wrote:

No - never cared for Van Damme either was thinking QED

Wouldn't plain old reliable QED do Jerry or the see through stuff from Richer Sounds - infact I may never need to use the amp ! - don't want cable wars ! Just had e mail from Exposure - QED is fine they said, so perhaps sorted. . . . maybe . . . perhaps. . . .

Well, OK, seeing as you asked me a direct question I'll come back again. :)

QED? Dunno.I'm sure it will carry the current. I've had the QED Silver Anni. My God. Where I perceive the Van Damn to be boring and to extract all musical interest, the QED SA was shrieky and quite unlistenable.

Honestly, why not just buy some Exposure cable? - must be suited for the job and will give you that full ERC effect (Exposure Retro-Cred)?

OK - personally, I'd go for the NVA, still. I've heard it and I know I like it. What's the point of having a spare amp that you don't enjoy listening to?

IMO, YMMV, GIGFY etc :)

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