Speaker Wire

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike___Walker, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. Mike___Walker

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    I've decided on AR cables to hook-up all my components, but I'm still shopping for some speaker wire. I'll be running the wire in-wall for four satellites, so I've been searching for UL approved, etc. I've found a deal on EBay for $500 foot of Monster in-wall for $137. Since I'm going to be moving within the next year or so, I'm going to be needing more wire after the move, and the lengths may be different. I figure I can sell some to freinds at my cost as they need the wire for their systems. I'm just looking for some input if it's a good deal or not? Here's a couple links on the wire. If anyone knows of a better deal for me, please help a fella out...
    The wire on Monster's site
    The EBay auction
    All your input is welcome & needed, thanks...
     
  2. Mike___Walker

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    An added question.

    I'll be running wire about 25-30 ft through the walls to the surrounds & about 15 ft through the walls to the fronts (Energy Encore system). Is 14 Ga good enough or is there a better recommendation for what I'm trying to accomplish?
     
  3. PeterOR

    PeterOR Auditioning

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    I will add my question to this thread 'cause it's a little related: That is, can I splice two wires together to make a longer wire? If so, what do I lose or risk and are there any do and don't's

    Peter
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    hi guys!

    mike - that monster wire looks really decent. since it apprantly is approved for in-wall, that's a big plus.

    500 feet of that stuff for 130 bucks seems like a good deal. to compare, i bought approx 20feet of 12g monster and it probably cost me almost 40 bucks!

    14g is sufficient. i would have recommended 12g if possible, but, for all practical purposes, 14g will be fine.

    peter - i don't like splicing wire. unfortunately, i don't have a scientific reason as to why, but i just don't feel it makes for a "good" connection. obviously, it allows for a possible (future) break in the wire...that alone is enough to make me not want to do it. i know some recommend you solder the wire, but i still say if you don't have to splice it, then don't.
     
  5. Mike___Walker

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    "mike - that monster wire looks really decent. since it apprantly is approved for in-wall, that's a big plus."
    Thanks Ted. I was thinking the same thing, but I'm still learning [​IMG] Most places I researched for a price comparison were selling it at $0.85 a foot, so that makes it a better deal. I think I'll go ahead & buy a roll [​IMG]
     
  6. Brian Johnson

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    Just a comment to the splice. I HAD to splice a wire (left myself short on my final surround run). I just used an electrical connector that you 'screw' onto the wires. I didnt notice any sound difference. But I guess a good pull would take them apart. I dont have it buried to where its not accessible so if it happens I am not worried.
     
  7. Thomas_A

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    for in wall use..if you splice..it should be solder and shrink wrapped since you may not have easy access to the area being connected.....

    btw... a solder connection is as good as a solid piece
     

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