Is 14g heavy enough for LCR if bi-wired?

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  1. Mark McGill

    Mark McGill Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello: Hey I was wondering if the experts could weigh in on this. I have a ton of Monster 14g in wall THX speaker wire that I would like to use for my LCR Paradigm reference speakers. I know 12g is the best, however if I'm bi-wiring would the lighter Monster be okay. The maximum run is about 12'with about 4' of it actually in the wall. If I need to get the 12g I'll get some at Home Depot. Also what kind of connections should I purchase. The reason I'm asking is I think santa is getting me a Denon 3803. Thanks for the replys and Happy Holidays.[​IMG]
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Some high end speaker sites recommend the following gauge based on run-length:

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

    So your 14 ga wire should be just fine for the front 3 speakers. Dont even worry about bi-wireing.
     
  3. Mark McGill

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    Thanks for your reply. What you said is pretty much what Paradigm recomends. Sometimes I think that some people get a little to carried away on the must use the 12g approach. I will probably still bi-wire though, mostly because I can. That's right no sound reason for it probably, but I might as well.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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  5. Christopher Lyn

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    This question is for Bob or anyone out there, and is kind of related to this thread.

    I have a bunch of 12 and 14 guage wires. If I run these wires together to each of my surrounds (> 35 feet each), would I get the same effect as running a larger guage wire? And what would that guage be?
     
  6. Christopher Lyn

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    Just read a post from Bill D (just looked down the list some more) and he posted the same question that I asked.

    According to one of the replies, coupling 2 12 guage speakers would have a relative guage of 9 and coupling a 12 and 14 guage would have a relative guage of 10. Is this correct?

    I will just be using a 12 guage speaker wire and a 14 guage speaker wire connected to the amp and speakers
     
  7. Chu Gai

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    something like that...you could always look up the cross-sectional area of 12 & 14...sum them, look up in a table what the sum matches.
     
  8. Nick.H

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    Personally I use 12g all round,

    Centre, 1m each
    Front Speakers, 3m each
    Rear Speakers, 8m each

    Thought I best go for the biggest I could get, Im also thinking of biwiring this weekend.
     

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