Cable length question

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  1. BrendanG

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    Using 12 gauge speaker cable, how long can the cable be before sound quality is noticeably degraded? Thanks.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    It largely depends on how good your speakers are and how good and how familar you are with the music in question.

    Several speaker sites recommend the following gauge based on run-length:

    1-10 ft: 16 ga
    11-20 ft: 14 ga
    20+ ft: 12 ga

    The problem is a long run of wire has a "slant" in the frequency response. Some of the higher-frequency sounds are reduced (not to in-audible levels, just reduced), but the lower frequency sounds are un-affected. Using thicker wire reduces the problem, but does not eliminate it.

    The only person I have heard claim to hear this, was a guy running large panel speakers, a 200 watt per channel amp and using a high-end CD transport with music he was very familar with. He claimed he could tell the effect of a 18 ft run of 16 ga speaker wire.

    But this is very different from the rear-channels of a HT system.

    So unless you are running high-end, multi-channel audio, just use some good 12 ga to the rears and you wont have any problems.
     
  3. Arthur Vino

    Arthur Vino Stunt Coordinator

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    canare 4x14 - effective 11 Gauge (heartlandcables.com)
    AVcable.com sells Gepco 10 Ga

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