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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Douglas Jones, Mar 14, 2003.
How do you determine what gage wire to use for you speakers?
I believe smaller (number)on the gage the better conductivity, therefore better sound. but if you are not running over a long distance 12 would be best but 14 or 16 gage would be fine.
I believe most people use 12 ga. wire. Do not fall for the Monster Cable hype. Go down to Home Depot, electrical department, and buy their 20 ga speaker wire in bulk. It's about .34 +/- cents a foot and it works just fine. I apply a small amount of solder to the twisted ends of mine to prevent it from fraying when inserting it into the speaker post.
You'll do fine with 14-guage. For higher-powered amplifiers and/or really long runs, 12-guage wire might be better. And, yes, don't fall for expensive, boutique speaker cable. Radio Shack will do you fine. Or Home Depot. Or your local hardware store.
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