Wire and Wattage

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David AG, Nov 30, 2002.

  1. David AG

    David AG Auditioning

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    When picking speaker wire, does it matter how many watts you are using? Am I safe running 1,600 watts through a single 12 gauge speaker wire from my amp to my sub about 15 feet away. I'm new so I really have no idea. I would just rather be safe than sorry. Thanks!
     
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Screenwriter

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    I see you have a Tumult. The sub's own amp(internal or external plate amp) provides the wattage output. The line-level from the main AV receiver does not carry this power.

    Typically for line-level we run a coax cable, and RG6 black or white with F-connectors on the ends paired with Radio Shack F-to-RCA adapters is cheap and quite good.

    Twin-lead speaker wires are not used when applying this "line-level" receiver-to-sub connection. Otherwise, if you need to connect the plate amp output to the sub box, I think any 12-gauge spkr wire will suffice. You can also post in DIY Forum to reach other Tumult users.
     
  3. RussKon

    RussKon Stunt Coordinator

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    david,
    if you are running speaker level inputs, here is a link to the belden website that gives the percent loss over number of feet...
    http://bwccat.belden.com/Bimages/TechInfo.htm
    just scroll down and find "speaker wire"
    russ
     
  4. David AG

    David AG Auditioning

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate it. And yep, it's a Tumult powered by a QSC DCA1622.
     

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