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    Do monitors use the same kind of cables that most little home stereos use? (The really thin + / - cables that you have to either screw down or stick into those pincher slots?)
    We play in another house, what should we fear?

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    For passive monitors (without built-in amplifiers) use 12 gauge speaker wire. Your local music store probably has some in bulk: tell them how much you need (measure first) and you're on your way. Thicker gauge (lower #) wire is the equivalent of a bigger hose for water. It will sound better and increase the distance you can run it without losing high frequencies (but keep your runs short, of course).

    For powered monitors, I use mic cables. Three connection ends (XLR, TRS) are better than 2 (TS, RCA).

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    So I'm planning on getting a set of the Yorkville YSM1 passives, and a Sansui integrated amp. That'll just use the regular 12-guage speaker wire you're talking about, right?
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    Right. Oh-so-right [did you know you can't enter a post under 10 characters long?]

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    hey ip.

    Do you think it makes as difference what type(quality) Trs cables you use for the active monitors?
    I mean what ive got on there isnt bad...
    But would i hear more if i used some super great brand ya' think?

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    If you have good cables with robust connectors and intact shielding, you've got everything there is. You can make your own for not too much or you can pay Monster a small fortune for the same thing. Note that, in my experiece, Monster cables are as well made as any out there; it's just that you can do it yourself for a lot less.

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