What gauge wire to get

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  1. Dylan Davis

    Dylan Davis Stunt Coordinator

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    How would I know what gauge wire to get. I have a pretty good set up (I dont have specs here at work). Sony reciever with 5.1 so I have 5 speakers to get wire for. The stuff I am using now is pretty thin stuff. Would I get better sound with a higher gauge?

    Dylan
     
  2. DennisZ

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    Here it will depend on how much you want to spend for cables. You can get the really exotic ones or go to home depot and get the 12 ga. wire.

    Also need to know what connectors, banana or spades. Length of runs. etc.

    A list of some places to try:

    catcables.com

    boldercables.com

    bettercables.com

    wickcables.com

    the list goes on and on. Just get the cable you like

    and can afford. You can also go to usedcable.com and

    get set up to try different cables in your system,

    The bottom line is if it sounds good to you - get it.

    enjoy to music

    Denny
     
  3. Brian_C

    Brian_C Stunt Coordinator

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    Home Depot 12 gauge is a safe one size fits all solution.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Some speaker sites (not trying to sell wire) recommend the following for choosing the size of the wire based on the length of the run:

    0-10 feet: 16 ga

    10-20 feet: 14 ga

    20+ feet: 12 ga

    But most of us buy a spool of 12 ga speaker wire and use it everywhere.

    The problem is that a long run of speaker wire will affect the higher-frequencies a lot more than the lower ones. A thicker wire reduces, but does not eliminate this.

    Will thicker wire give you better sound? Probably not for movies. It might for music if you are not already running at least 16 ga wire.
     

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