What gage speaker wire?

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  1. Matt Lando

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    What gage speaker wire should be used with a receiver that puts out either 80 or 100 watts per channel and bookshelf speakers that can handle 100-150 watts?

    Is 16 gage enough? Does 12 gage make any difference? How does the gage of the wire effect performance? Thanks.
     
  2. RichardH

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    Wire gauge has to do more with how long of a run you're going to have than the speakers or receiver themselves. For anything less than 15ft. runs, 14ga should be fine. If you're doing like 20ft. or longer, you could step up to 12ga.

    The thicker the wire, the less resistance it has on the signal. But, we're talking tiny fractions of an Ohm, so even a relatively long run of 16ga will not have enough resistance to affect the signal.
     
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    So the smaller the gauge the better and more expensive?
     
  4. Nick G

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    Matt here is link to a site that has a table which shows amoung other things what guage you need for various run lengths. The table is very near the begining, so need to scroll down just a bit to find it.
    Regards, Nick
    http://www.sundial.net/~rogerr/wire.htm
     

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