Quick and easy speaker wire question!

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  1. BrettisMckinney

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    Ok, the wire i'm using for my surrounds is what came with it(very thin grey wire). Of course i want something better. My question is. I went to a home theatre specialist and they have a decent thickness wire which is about $3.50 aus and is called something stupid like (killer).

    Now, in a local electronics shop they have some generic brand wire which is the same thickness and price. Now, does brand quality make a difference? Also, they are oxygen free which is good i take it? I was also thinking about getting some super thick cable for my 2 mains. Is it the thickness of the cable that makes it sound better? I'm hoping to hear a difference with my surrounds from the super thin to the thicker one.
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    if you're running the wire through the walls, there is probably a local electrical code you need to adhere to. it basically has to do with fire retardency. no idea what killer is...is that $3.50 a meter?
    you can get 12 gauge copper from a variety of sources...not really sure who's out there in australia though although there's a few from there who are members here. oxygen free...yes it's good and it's almost impossible to not get oxygen free wire anymore, at least here in the states. it's nice though when they say it is. unless you've got some peculiar mains like electrostatics whose impedence drops i'd say you'd be unlikely, very very unlikely to hear a difference with thicker wire. if for some reason you feel better doing that, rather than buy say 10 gauge, just double up on the 12 gauge by tieing the pluses from one to the pluses from the other. the idea, the audibility of which is highly questionable, is that this will lower the inductance slightly which means your dip at the high frequencies will be moderated slightly. as to whether you could hear the difference...well good luck. at least that approach is cheap. oops...bad word!!! it's cost-effective...sensible...that sounds better!
     
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    Thanks, i appreciate it. Yeah the Killer is 3.50 a meter and i thought, well if this wire is the same price as other wire the same thickness than surely it cant sound better just becuase its a home theatre brand. So i will go with some 12 guage all round i think. Only prob though is the surrounds will need a lot of length to get to the reciever, prob about 8 to 10 meters each..hope this doesnt effect the quality too much. My Mains are ACULAB, which are prob about 15 years old..very good speakers..never seen them anywhere though..got them of my parents! SO do you think i'll tell much diff with my surrounds from the thin wire to the 12 guage?

    Also, the black line on the cable can go to the black terminal cant it? As long as they all do.
     
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    on that 10 meter run...perhaps just perceptibly you might notice a difference between that and say 12 gauge. like i said, if you want you can always dbl up on the 12.
    conversion rates for australian/us dollars is...
    Friday, January 3, 2003
    1 Australian Dollar = 0.56353 US Dollar
    1 US Dollar (USD) = 1.77453 Australian Dollar (AUD)

    now people here in the states figure if they've spent say about 1 USD/meter they got a decent price for generic OFC 12 gauge in clear PVC. Expect to pay about more if the PVC is colored (available usually from car audio installers) and more still if the insulation is something like polyethylene. Look at picking up a long spool of the stuff (50 meters?) which will keep your overall costs down.
    regarding noticing differences...well your room plays a far greater role than your wire. heck, if one person enters your room the overall effect on your sound is greater. same as if you were to raise or lower, open or close your blinds. you gonna worry about that? save your money, get some DVD's...an SPL meter if you don't have one.
     

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