Household wire for speaker wire?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by ChrisBoyde, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. ChrisBoyde

    ChrisBoyde Auditioning

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    Would it be ok to use 14GA household cicuit wire for speaker wire. I don't see why one couldn't, it's 14GA, cheap and rated for in wall use. Is there a reason why people don't use this kind of wire for speakers (impendence perhaps?). If anyone has tried this what where the results like?
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    well yes, but it's inflexible, heavy, and one of these days someone's going see this romex in the wall and maybe wire it up to your mains. 14 or 12 gauge multistranded copper is fairly inexpensive.
     
  3. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    Isn't there some "skin effect" that suggests that multi-stranded is better than solid core? Or am I thinking about something else?
     
  4. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    well there's always some degree of skin effect, just that for audio it's trivial.
     
  5. Mat_M

    Mat_M Stunt Coordinator

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    If you want to take a look at a semi-technical article about skin-effect, look here:

    http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/...ect_Cables.htm

    I've done some calculations myself and some tests with equipment here in my lab, and I can say skin effect is a non-issue for audio.
     
  6. Kevin C Brown

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    Ahhh, so more "snake oil". Cool. I learned something new. [​IMG]
     

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