best, cheap speaker wire

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  1. Jon Sciabica

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    I am purchasing the HTD level III "Y" 5.1 system. I want to know what speaker wire I should use, as cheap as possible with acceptable quality (and what gauge too).
     
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    Home Depot 12 gauge
    Sound King 12 gauge (available at partsexpress.com)
     
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    12 gauge wire at a home improvement type store will be the best bet. I think I paid around $.50 per foot for 12 gauge wire at Lowe's, a store very similar to Home Depot. I recall it was much cheaper than at Radio Shack.
     
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    The Home Depot sugestion is a good one, but if you want really good wire on the cheap, i found a place that has 14gauge oxygen free copper speaker wire in 25ft sections for $1.12 each. That works out to less than $0.05 a foot. I upgraded from non-branded 18gauge and i can hear a difference, and this is on a Pioneer 811S w/ Sony 300H mains, 4 100H surrounds, and a 200watt 12" RCA sub (Great little system, but still not high end).
    It's zennith brand 14 guage in 25ft sections.
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/shopping...zenzea135.html
     
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    Parts Express 14/2 in a white sheath, 100 ft roll, $25.

    Just got some, I like it.

    I also use the Home Depot 12.
     
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    monster cable MC cable it's 1.25 per foot but its worth it.
     
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    The Home Depot stuff oxidized on me, and turned green under the sheath. I threw it out, and bought some $.50 a foot AR Pro series in-wall rated 14/4 wire from AudioAdvisor. The aqua colored jackets look nice, and you can internally bi-wire *if* you want to play around. The 14/2 is even cheaper.

    Pete
     
  8. Chu Gai

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    actually the green color is a surface reaction with chlorine from the PVC. Wanna bet the aqua jacket hides that?
     
  9. John F. Palacio

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    Chu says:
    "actually the green color is a surface reaction with chlorine from the PVC."

    Hi, Chu. So the green is copper chloride? or sulfate?

    Regards. John
     
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    chloride...probably a bit of unreacted monomer. strictly a surface phenomenon...many products that used colored plastic, except teflon, also have that happen but you don't see it. maybe stuff that's suited for underground burial would not be as susceptible but there's not an effect on the sound...looks weird though! tell you the truth, i've heard this said more about the stuff from the building supply places but that's not to say it doesn't occur from other sources.
     
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