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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Reza_A

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Posted January 30 2002 - 07:41 PM

HI all, I am looking to buy 12 ga speaker wire. I have looking around and come accross to these choices: Home Depot, AR Pro series, and Sound King. I have seen both Home depot and AR 12 ga wires. I think their cover are too thick that make them inflexible. I haven't seen Sound King one. Is anyone ever compare these three cables? is Sound King more flexible than the other two. I prefer to have the most flexible one. Thank you in advance.
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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Neil Weinstock

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Posted January 30 2002 - 09:34 PM

I haven't compared to the other two, but I am using the Sound King 12 gauge wire for my front speakers. I have found it to be very flexible and easy to work with. The insulation is clear, so the wire looks like thick shiny copper. I don't think you'll have a problem.

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   GordonL

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Posted January 30 2002 - 10:05 PM

Higher strand count == more flexibility. The SoundKing is definitely more flexible than the HD wire. The 12awg SoundKing has 259 strands. Don't know about the AR Pro.

#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Ron Alcasid

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Posted January 31 2002 - 02:37 AM

Sound King is very flexible, almost like rope. It looks neater because it doesn't get too kinky when you bend it. It's also pretty cheap. I got mine a partsexpress.com, $30 for a 100 ft. spool.

#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Keith Mickunas

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Posted January 31 2002 - 08:00 AM

I use it too and really like it. I can't compare to the others, but I do find it to be very flexible and it doesn't have trouble with kinks. The insulation is thick, and I recommend that you get some decent cutters and strippers to work with it. I had some cheap ones and they just couldn't pull it off.

#6 of 14 OFFLINE   RAF

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Posted January 31 2002 - 08:10 AM

I also use SoundKing wire (from Parts Express) and it is excellent. One of the things that really pleasantly surprised me was how flexible it is, given its thickness. Highly recommended.
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#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Dan_Jones

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Posted January 31 2002 - 08:46 AM

I also got the 100' spool for $30 from Parts Express a month or so again. Was very impressed with it, nice and soft and very easy to work with, VERY flexible. Highly recommended.
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Posted January 31 2002 - 08:46 AM

I also use Sound King 10 gauge speaker cable and it is very flexible even at the 10 gauge thickness that I use.

#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Reza_A

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Posted January 31 2002 - 09:04 AM

Posted Image Thanks all!!



I got the message. I'll buy it and put on mine.
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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Jim Tressler

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Posted January 31 2002 - 07:08 PM

just a quick question, are any of you running it in wall? thanks! jim

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   RAF

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Posted February 01 2002 - 01:22 AM

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just a quick question, are any of you running it in wall

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Yes. (See my HT web site). I assume it's "legal" (at least in NY) because my contractor is a stickler for that sort of thing.
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Posted February 01 2002 - 05:42 AM

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just a quick question, are any of you running it in wall?

[quote] I am running it through a wall, twice, but not in a wall.


#13 of 14 OFFLINE   BrianK

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Posted February 24 2002 - 08:31 PM

I am interested in the Sound King 12 gauge speaker wire, but I have to run it in the wall. Has anyone found out if it is approved for in wall installations? Parts Express also sells some 12 gauge in-wall cable from Carol. It is only $21.50 for a 100 foot roll. Does anyone know if this is good wire or not? Thanks!

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Posted February 25 2002 - 05:05 AM

Brian, I just wired my first floor (4 main rooms) for sound with AR Pro Series CL3 rated in-wall 14 gauge 4 conductor cable. I got this for 50 cents a foot from audioadvisor.com. Given that my home is already built and finished, I wanted to run the 4 conductor cable to limit the number of runs and it also made sense given where my speakers are located. I believe this cable is made up of 105 strands per conductor. I found it to be pretty flexible yet stiff enough to make runs into the wall easier. The other thing is that audioadvisor let me buy it by the foot instead of fixed sized spools. cheers, --tom




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