Rear/surrond speaker wire....is 12 guage ok

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  1. Brad Newton

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    I will be running this from one end of the room to the other via the crawl space. I would prefer the thinnest acceptable wire, but I don't want to short change. Is 14 gauge ok or do I need to go with 12 gauge. The length of the run will be approximately 35'.
     
  2. Chu Gai

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    14 is fine. you want to make sure that whatever wire you're running meets code which 'may' require you to run CL2/3 rated wire (Home Depot). Make sure you run a little extra to allow for possible future repositioning.
     
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    I agree with Chun, I have about a 25' run to my surrounds of 16' gauge actually, and everything sounds top notch. Also, I have about 2 60' runs to my outside speakers using 14 gauge, and no worries at all.
     
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    this is one of those things, that if not having 12 gauge is going to gnaw at you and keep you up at nights, then spending the extra $20 or whatever is cheaper than a visit to the doctor!
     
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    I use 33' foot 12 guage wire that I got from my local Costco. The total length on the spool was 66', so I just cut it in half. Paid something like $25.00 for the whole spool.

    Works fine. no problems
     

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