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8 AWG marine power cable used as speaker cable?

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Bullet Head, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Bullet Head

    Bullet Head Well-Known Member

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    i was talking to a guy and he is using 8 AWG, 600V, tinned copper low resistance power wire as speaker cable. is this recommended, any drawbacks or disadvantages to be using this other than the heavy gauge. would it fit a normal banana plug?

    he says he has been using it for years and has had no problems as far as signal interference or signal loss.
     
  2. ScottCHI

    ScottCHI Well-Known Member

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    Probably not. That's pretty fat.
     
  3. Bullet Head

    Bullet Head Well-Known Member

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    probably have to use heavy gauge banana plugs but other than that what is the general concensus about using this type of wire?
     
  4. SethH

    SethH Well-Known Member

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    I can't see why there would be any problem with it. Few a/v applications require that kind of cable, but this hobby is all about overkill, so I say go for it.
     
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    If you've got binding posts, use spade lugs instead of banana plugs for such a large gage of wire.
     
  6. Chu Gai

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    Or, simply cut some wire off until it fits the bananas and/or spades.
     
  7. Bullet Head

    Bullet Head Well-Known Member

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    where would i get large spade lugs? couldn't find them on monoprice.com or bluejeanscable.com
     
  8. Chu Gai

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    You can always do a search for "8 gauge" + spade and that'll turn up a bunch of sources. For example at http://shopper.cnet.com/Metra_Tsunam...-32118911.html you'll find a 5 pack of gold plated ones for $8. Otherwise, give a call to some local car stereo installation places and tell them what you're looking for.
     
  9. Bullet Head

    Bullet Head Well-Known Member

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    i found some on ebay actually, thanks.
     

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