Dog ate the cable. Is it safe to attach the wire?

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  1. Cagri

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    Hi. I am running 40' 14 gauge wire from my receiver to my rears. The speakers are 6ohm, my fronts and center are 8 ohm speakers and the receiver is 8 ohm as well. Last night the dog ate one of the cables going to a rear and I reconnected the wire using some tape. (It was my fault though, I left the cable on the carpet behind the couch and she likes to go under there very much...)

    There's no problem soundwise, I checked the SPL and it's fine. But I am wondering if this connection drops the impedance of the cable and put extra load on to the receiver?
     
  2. Stephen Weller

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    It [rant]should[/rant] be negligible, but you can easily check it with a multimeter.

    And unless it's Exotica Brand (tm) wire made from pure unobtaineum, wire is so cheap, why not just replace it and weave the old wire into a muzzle? (JUST kidding! [​IMG] )
     
  3. Jack*Mains

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    There is no way the extra joint could drop the impedience, only increase it.

    Unless there is a short, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Now, if you're one of the people who thinks the wire makes a difference in the sound, maybe you should replace it, otherwise just leave it.
     
  4. Cagri

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    Thanks guys. Now I'll just have to make sure that the wire is wrapped as good as possible against oxidation cause I only taped few rounds with ordinary office type tape...
     
  5. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Cagri, taping is not a good way to accomplish a splice. You might want to read my Comprehensive Guide to Wire Splicing at this link:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...497#post568580

    I suggest butt splices as a good choice in your situation.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     

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