12/2 or 14/4 gauge wire?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Jay_S, May 21, 2004.

  1. Jay_S

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    Looking for opinions here, which would be most beneficial and useful in the longrun?

    1) 14gauge 4 conductor cable, combined to make 11awg for a stereo pair, or

    2) 12gauge 2 conductor cable as is?

    This will be used for wiring all speakers in my home theater (several long runs), plus whatever I have leftover will most likely be used once I put in a whole-house audio system or other "toys" =)

    Price is about the same either way, with the 14/4 being just a little more expensive. Looking at Tributaries wire if it makes a difference.

    TIA
     
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    The 14-4 would be good to use where you have a long run that you would split off to two speakers at the end. It would save money over the 12 ga., since you say they are both the same price – i.e., you’d get two 14 runs for the price of one 12 ga. run.

    That’s about the only good reason to use a four-conductor cable. I wouldn’t use it for a run to a single speakers – it offers no sonic advantage, and it’ll be a pain to terminate, at least compared to regular 12ga.

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    Wayne -
    Thanks for the followup. I went ahead and bought the 14/4 wire, mainly since it leaves me with some supplies for options in the future. Knowing that there isn't really any advantage/disadvantage sonically helped out.
     

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