Newbie questions about speaker wire

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  1. Alex_C

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    I just started building my new HT system. Do you use stranded copper or a solid core copper? Do I need special connectors or do I just stick the bare wire into the speakers?

    I have a run of about 50 ft to my rears so I was going to use 12 gauge. I was thinking of going to Home Depot but I want to make sure I get the right stuff.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I was using the home depot stuff. But I found it to be too stiff. Bought some more flexible 12 guage. Sounds the same to me. Home depot stuff is fine.
     
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    I beleive in better cables, but for 50 foot runs you almost have to use the hd stuff.

    As for the terminations, I would invest in some bananna plugs or spades. Not that they are going to improve the sound but oxidation becomes a problem with the bare wires exposed.

    They are cheap anyway...

    -rob
     
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    I've thought of trying Anaconda solid 12 AWG wire for my speakers...
    Never did though. If you can find Carol Command cables, I hear
    that they're really good for speaker cables. [​IMG]
     
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    I am very happy with Sound King 12ga from Parts Express. Inexpensive and well jacketed. Home Depot wire should be OK also. No need to spend a penny more than these two suggestions.
     
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    I use solid wire (Audioquest type 4 bi-wire) in my 2ch system and I feel it helps out a bit. I leave it bare, no connectors. This makes connections a bit more difficult, but it sounds good. I may move to spades or bananas for ease of use on the speaker side. The high quality solid copper does seem to give me more detail in the midrange, but it is a very subtle change.

    In my HT system, I am using Monster MCX-1S with bananas.
     
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    I just got new speaker wire for my rears. If you are running it in the wall through the attic and back down the back wall you need to get in wall rated speaker wire. Home Depot has it I got 14ga. Do a search on wall and you will probably see it.
     

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