In-wall speaker wire question

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Jack_TN, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Jack_TN

    Jack_TN Stunt Coordinator

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    I had posted about this in an existing thread in the Construction forum, but thought there might be more traffic here.

    I need some in-wall speaker wire for the new place I'm moving to. The Carol in-wall wire which Parts Express sells has been recommended several times. I noticed that it is described as 12 gauge wire consists of 19 x .0185 gauge strands of ASTM B-3, B-8, and B-286 copper . Is it better to use a wire made of oxygen-free copper?

    AC4L has some here for about the same price that is 16 gauge/ 4 conductor. Could I use a run of it for each rear speaker, tying the conductors together in pairs, or would it be better to go with the Carol wire?

    Thanks,

    Jack
     
  2. DaveHo

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    That link doesn't seem to work for me, so I'm guessing that you are looking at the IXOS or Niles 16/4 CL-3 rated in-wall wire. I used the yellow jacketed IXOS 14/4 wire for my rear speaker runs and am very happy with the results. Each run is ~50ft and what I did was tie two conductors together to get an effective 11 gauge 2 conductor wire. The wire and jacket are constructed well and I have had no problems with the bare wire oxidizing at the speaker connections. I feel that the IXOS wire is much higher quality than the Carol wire. I also ordered mine from AC4L.

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  3. Jack_TN

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    Yeah, I messed up the link.

    You're right. I was looking at the Niles wire. It costs less than the IXOS. Thanks for the info on using the 4 conductor wire. The Niles is 16 gauge, so I guess combining 2 conductors would give me about 13 gauge. I figured that'd be enough for my modest set-up.

    Jack
     

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