Weird cable, can I use it as speaker cable?

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  1. Chris Brown

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    I picked up a huge reel of this strange cable. It looks similar to Cat-5. There are a total of 6 cables: 2 18guage, and 4 22guage. I was going to strip all 6 wires and go 1 18 and 2 22's in for positive, and same for negative.

    What "Guage" would I end up with? Is this method a bad idea?
     
  2. Joe Tilley

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    Chris, if I'm thinking right 1 18awg & 2 22awg would be close to 14awg when combined. IMO I wouldn't recommend it but I don't see why you couldn't use it if you using a small system. But if you are using big speakers or a high power amp I would say not to.
    Just my .02
    Oh & by the way welcome to the forum[​IMG]
     
  3. Chris Brown

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    Thanks

    The system i'm using now is kinda ackward. I'm using a Pioneer VSX-D811S with the front pre-outs going directly to the amp in (bypassing the the pre-amp) on an old Fisher receiver. Powering an old pair of JBL L150's as my mains.

    The wires I was using before were 20guage (!) and it didn't sound too bad. Do you think it would be worth it to invest in some monster cable or possibly some home-depot 12 guage?
     
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  5. Bob McElfresh

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    Hi Chris.
    A thinner wire over a long run causes a "slant" in the sound. The higher frequences are reduced a lot, but the lower frequencies are not. But you still hear sound so many people think thin is fine.
    Several speaker sites recommend the following gauge based on length of run:
    1-10 ft: 16 ga
    11-20 ft: 14 ga
    20+ ft: 12 ga
    Most of us just buy a spool of 12 ga from places like www.partsexpress.com or Home Depot and use it everywhere.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    My local Lowes sells 12 ga. cheaper than Home Depot.
     

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