speaker wire gauge

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  1. Matt Weldy

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    Is 14 gauge ok for surround sounds?
     
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    yep.
     
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    14 is good, I concur.
     
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    I forgot to mention that it is a 50 foot run
     
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    14 should still get you for a 50' foot run, though you might want to go down to 12 just to be sure.

    Bill S.
     
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    What gauge should fronts be?
     
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    12 is fine for the fronts. You can go thicker guage if you are doing really high powered stuff but in most cases, 12 is more than fine.
     
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    That speaker wire is definately adequate. It looks good, too. Personally, I just use the 12 guage stuff from Home Depot. It's cheap, and it works (equally as) well. Just my opinion, of course. I think that quite a few others here share my feelings as well.
     
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    I just bought some Canare 4S8 cable for speakers. It is 2 pairs of 16 gauge cable (combine for one 13 gauge pair or keep separate for bi-wiring/amping) and is only $0.41/foot at Markertek which puts it on par with basic 12 gauge stuff price wise, but with the flexibility of having two pairs.
    Of course, that stuff on eBay is really cheap if you actually want 500 feet. If you're only going to use 100 feet, you might as well get something else.
     
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    I concur. 12 gauge is your best bet, especially for longer runs up to 50ft. And don't forget to terminate!
     
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    What do you mean by terminate. I just ran the wire. I did end up with 12 ga. However with flush mounted speakers the wire is so thick that the speaker dosent fit flat against the wall. Also as of right now I only have a sony cheapo reciever and I could barely get that wire hooked up to the clips for the rearr surronds (no binding posts). Denon 4802 or 4803 (if released) will be in my home at christmas time. so this wont be a problem for long.
     

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