using 16 and 18 gauge wire

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike_HT, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Mike_HT

    Mike_HT Agent

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2002
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am using 4 speakers that have 16-gauge non-removable wire that I need to connect to my receiver which uses RCA plugs. I have been looking around for a 16-gauge to RCA adapter and have been unsuccessful. I have found a 24' phono plug with 18-gauge wire. This is what I need but its 18 not 16. Is there a problem with me connecting the two together? If so is there anything else I can buy that I don't know about to solve my problem? (Besides ditching my cheap speakers) Thanks for any help. [​IMG]
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2001
    Messages:
    7,270
    Likes Received:
    1
    well if there's a way to open up the back of the speaker, you could probably replace the wires (I think they're either soldered or are clipped) with something like twelve gauge. then take the other end of the twelve gauge and pick up some inexpensive RCA's (Radio Shack?) and hook the wires up. give you a chance to practice some soldering skills. make sense?
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 1999
    Messages:
    6,061
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Katy, TX
    Real Name:
    Wayne
     
  4. Mike_HT

    Mike_HT Agent

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2002
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry I never included all the info about the situation. Here is the original thread:
    XBOX HT
    Here's what I've got so far:
    Using the Radio Shack cable and clamping or soldering the sets of wire together so they have RCA plugs then connecting it to the pre-outs on the Pioneer VSX-D811S. Hook up my center channel and sub and xbox.
     
  5. RussKon

    RussKon Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2002
    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    0
    go out and get some switchcraft 3502a rca plugs....these plugs have the longer body and will easily accept 14 gauge wire into the strain relief....

    get some 14 gauge wire and make your own cables...

    russ
     
  6. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 1999
    Messages:
    6,061
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Katy, TX
    Real Name:
    Wayne
    Russ, since you are using powered speakers (at least, that’s what I understand from the link you posted) you need shielded signal cable, not speaker cable. Speaker cable is not shielded and long runs can pick up noise and interference. If it does, it will be audible through the powered speakers.

    But come to think of it, since you mentioned 16ga. wire in your first post, I have a feeling I'm not getting the whole picture...

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  7. Mike_HT

    Mike_HT Agent

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2002
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm not sure what I have [​IMG].
    I did some searching to see if anyone else had used their AL 641 speakers with a receiver or extended the length of the wire, since I'll need to do both for this project. From that I found out people had just bought standard speaker wire from Radio Shack and others just used 16-gauge wire they had lying around and it all worked fine plugging it into the back of the sub like standard. ( As shown HERE )So I know thats not a problem. I know of no one that has used the speakers with a receiver, so i came here for help.
    What I'm trying to do is use the four speakers I got with this set as mains and surrounds, use the sub (if it works, if not buy a new one) and buy a new cheap center channel.
    I'm not sure if the speakers are powered or not, I got that from someone's reply to my other thread and took their word for it, and just in case settled on the Pioneer VSX-D811 since it has pre-outs for all channels. If they are not powered I'm guessing it wont matter anyway from what I've read.
    In the end, all I'm trying to accomplish is add surround sound to my xbox using existing equipment since I'm a cheap student [​IMG] and I need a receiver soon anyway. Maybe I'm pushing it, maybe I'm making it harder than it should be hehehe. As long as when I hook up everything it doesn't all blowup I'll be happy cause I can always resell or hold onto the receiver.
    Thanks guys for listening to all my length and strange questions. I really appreciate it [​IMG]
     

Share This Page