Power wire for speaker wire.....

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  1. Chris Bates

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    Hi all, I have a question. I just purchased an Onkyo HT-S770 and as those of you that are familiar with the system may know it comes with very tiny speaker wires. I looked purchasing some 16ga speaker wire but decided against it for several reasons. I have several 1000' rolls of 16ga power wire left over from my car stereo shop. I thought about using it and twisting up my own speaker wire pairs. The only thing is that after I cut off a piece I noticed that the wire is not as bright as it once was. Apparently it has started to oxidize. Its not bad, but it leaves me wondering if I should even bother. I thought maybe I could deoxidize the ends and solder the tips, but I cant think of the best way to do this. I would appreciate any thoughts any of you may have on this....

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  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    No reason not to do it. The oxidation (assuming that’s what it is) might be an issue if you had say, a $15,000 system, but if you can hear the difference with some dinky HTIB speakers, you should be making a living with those ears! [​IMG]

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  3. Chris Bates

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    This is no $15K system, but it is in no way "dinky". It is actually a very nice sounding system. As a matter of fact it sounds quite a bit better many I have heard costing several times more.
     
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    Sorry ‘bout that, Chris. For some reason I saw “tiny speakers” instead of “tiny speaker wires.” :b

    Still, the premise is the same: you’d have to have a megabuck system to tell the difference between speaker wire that’s slightly dull-looking vs. bright and shiny – if then. It’s never a bad idea to replace tiny speaker wire with something more substantial.

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