What gauge speaker wire

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  1. KeirW

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    I wanted to know the best ( not over sized ) speaker wire I could buy to hook up my system this weekend. I spent a lot on my other components, so I dont have the money to invest in Monster or some of the other top brands. What is a good gauge of wire. Is 16 good?
     
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    16 AWG copper is perfectly good over modest distances. I would not be concerned about pulling it in lengths as far as 30 feet. Others will certainly disagree. But watch out for cable "experts" who recommend only the most outrageously priced cables and connectors. There is a brief paragraph on cable selection on my website if you're interested.

    Enjoy
     
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    (Chella - great use of the primer)
    Short Answer: Home Depot or www.partsexpress.com sell some nice 12 ga speaker wire for less than $0.50/ft.
    Long Answer: Many speaker sites recommend the following gauge of wire based on the run length:
    1-10 feet: 16 ga
    11-20 feet: 14 ga
    20+ feet: 12 ga
    (Yes, you need the THICKER wire for the long runs. [​IMG])
    Most of us just buy a spool of 12 ga and use it everywhere.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Keir, 16 gauge will be fine assuming they are not very long runs. You can pick up 100 feet of Acoustic Research 16 gauge cable somewhere like Best Buy for $25-$30. As for how to define "very long", this will depend on who you talk to. I've seen people say anything below 80 feet and good 16 gauge wire is fine. I've seen other people say anything under 20 feet. My personal take is if you can get decent 12 or 14 gauge wire for the same price as 16 gauge then buy it. Always buy the best value, in other words. But don't feel you have to buy more expensive 12 gauge wire since it more likely will be overkill for you.

    cheers,


    --tom
     
  6. Mike Strassburg

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    I'll second the HomeDepot 12 gauge wire. It works great in my system and the price is right. I think sometimes we're conditioned to believe that paying more is better, not always the case IMO....Mike

    P.S. Ever strip apart Monster stuff, just skinny wires with BIG shielding/casing.
     
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    Another vote for the Home Depot 12 gauge wire! This is what I used and it works great!

    1' Clear 12/2 Speaker Wire
    Model: #C13631590
    SKU: #551893
    $0.34
     
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    I use both Acoustic Research 12 gauge wire and Radio Shack 14 gauge flat wire, and I've been very happy with both. They are both solid and affordable.
     
  9. Bruce Chang

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    I just picked up from 10awg wire at partsexpress.com just buy the thickest you can get.
     
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    Home Depot 14 guage here. I have 2 runs that are clost to 30 feet. works great and is cheap.
     
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    I also agree with the Home Depot wire...I was able to pick up a 250 ft spool of 14g for under $40.
     
  13. Steve K.H.

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    12 Gauge Home Depot
    100 feet for 1/2 of Radio Shack and 15% of Monster.
    No Brainer.
    [​IMG]
     

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