what guage wire should i use for

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  1. Jacob kola

    Jacob kola Auditioning

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    nht sb2 powered by a denon 2802 about a 20 ft run to the rear speakers and 8 ft to the fronts.. i currently have wires running to some old Aiwa speakers that is about 18 guage is that enought for these ?
     
  2. RussKon

    RussKon Stunt Coordinator

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    jacob,
    generally 14ga wire should be fine for your runs...for a detailed chart that explains the amount of power loss per foot for different gauges of wire here is the belden website
    http://bwccat.belden.com/Bimages/TechInfo.htm
    just scroll down to "speaker wires"
    russ
     
  3. Jacob kola

    Jacob kola Auditioning

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    thanks .. this site is helping me a great deal with my first HT.. i appreciate you help [​IMG]
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    If I might add another opinion.

    It's not power-handling that is the issue. It's the roll-off of the higher frequency sounds in a long run of speaker wire.

    Several speaker sites recommend the following gauge based on run-length:

    1-10 ft: 16 ga
    11-20 ft: 14 ga
    20+ ft: 12 ga

    But most of us buy a spool of 12 ga and use it for all the speakers.

    Hope this helps.
     

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