Polarized Speaker Wire?

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  1. Doug MacGregor

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    Can someone tell me what the difference is between Polarized Speaker Wire and just speaker wire, as sold at Radio Shack?
    They sell spools of the stuff in 20, 50 and 100 ft. lengths.
    And is 16 ga. wire sufficient for hooking up the Rears for an inexpensive RCA HTIB (model RT2360/2370)?
    I don't want the wire to be so thick that I can't tuck it into the carpet along the edges of the walls but I don't want it to be so thin that the speakers can't get the juice they need.
    I will be using 14 ga. for the Mains, Centre and Sub (no RCA jack for the Sub).
    Thanks.
     
  2. ChrisWiggles

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    What the heck is polarized speaker wire?
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Any speaker wire will have a marker of some kind down one of side of the pair; that’s how polarity is determined/maintained.

    16ga. wire will be fine, if there isn’t room for 14ga. under the carpet.

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    You can get away with 16 ga to the rears. The rear speakers dont carry critical sounds like the fronts.

    The prefered thing to do is thicker wires to the rears, not thinner.

    Note: Radio Shack and Monster sell a flat speaker wire that I think is 14 ga. This would be a better, more carpet friendly choice.
     
  5. Doug MacGregor

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    Thanks Chris, Wayne and Bob.
    Don't want the parents to have to deal with ugly speaker wires in their condo.
     
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    Not any speaker wire. I once bought a spool of wire from my local home improvement store and strung it up before putting in my drop ceiling. Once I went to actually wire up my system, I realized there was no polarity marking whatsoever. :b So, I could never be sure I'd have them wired correctly. Luckily it was only a drop ceiling and I was able to rewire with some properly marked wire.

    Now I've got 100' of the stuff. Ahh.. I'll use it in speaker projects. [​IMG]
     
  7. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    It was designated and sold as speaker wire?

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  8. Dave Poehlman

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    Yeah! It was from Magnavox. It was in with the rest of the speaker wire and AV stuff. I didn't even think to look.. because normally you don't have to. But, I just grabbed the cheapest 100' spool and strung it up.

    Just be aware.. it's out there.

    I believe the part number is M62107 (as opposed to the polarity marked stuff M62117)... but I can't be sure.

    Why you would sell 100' of unmarked stuff, I don't know.
     
  9. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    That’s strange. Even plain-vanilla zip cord has a raised ridge along one of the conductors to identify polarity.

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    You just have to be careful not to pay extra just because the wire is labeled as "polarized" if there is also wire not labeled as "polarized" that does have a marking on one conductor (polarizing).

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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