14 gauge speaker wire for runs over 35'

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  1. Christopher Lyn

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    Hi all...I need speaker wire to run my rears...I need 38 feet per speaker.

    Would 14 gauge be ok...or should I spend the extra bucks for the 12 gauge?
     
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    Realistically, 14 gauge will be more than adequate unless you have very expensive rear speakers that you could possibly (?) hear some rolled off treble due to the higher gauge cable.

    Now, that said, if the cost difference is very small and the extra thickness of the 12 gauge cable is not a concern, then by all means purchase the 12 gauge if to only obtain a warm and fuzzy feeling.
     
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    14 gauge is fine if you don't tear any strands before connection. If you are handy with a soldering pencil, I recommend tinning the ends so that your wires don't birdcage
     
  4. Christopher Lyn

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    Thanks guys.

    What if I get biwired cable...14 gauge to the tweeters and 12 gauge to bass and mid? I have Studio 80s for the rears.

    I can get this biwire configuration from Ultralink for $3.00/feet CDN.
     

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