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UTP
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I am about to hook up my subs to my amp, but right now I dont have good speaker wire, I have 18 gauge speaker wire, is that good or no to hook up my subs to my amp?
 

jonze
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good for now. lol.
 

UTP
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What gauge should I use?
 

Joey Y
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at least 14gauge. I prefer 12 myself.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Invictuz

Seattle, Wa Usa

Post Number: 32
Registered: Jan-05
12 gauge is ideal, particularly if you have a quality high watt amp...14 gauge will work if using a smaller amp with a shorter distance between amp and subs.
 

Silver Member
Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 656
Registered: Sep-04
18 gauge won't hurt nothin. It'll just reduce power output slightly. You won't even notice the difference(except in your mind) if you go 12 gauge.

I you want to get technical check this chart:

http://www.tweeter.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1843714&cp=1124288.1124550.11 24487&page=2&doVSearch=no&pageBucket=0&sublevel=2&parentPage=family

18 gauge wire has a lil under 4 times the resistance per length as 12 gauge. If you have say 5 ft of speaker wire you'll have about 25 milliohms(.025 ohms) more resistance with the 18 gauge which doesn't translate to an audible SPL loss unless you're running a poopload of power. If you've got 500 watts on a 4 ohm sub you're in effect only losing about 1 watt. I don't think too many people here(even Jonathan) could tell the difference between 499 and 500 watt amps(tho Isaac might if they were PPI's). :P

I run 12 gauge mainly because it looks better.

:-)

-Fishy
 

Silver Member
Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 657
Registered: Sep-04
[edit]duh "I you want to get technical..." should read "If you want..."
 

Silver Member
Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 658
Registered: Sep-04
[edit]double duh

My calculations were for 5 feet of speaker total(2.5 ft actually). You'd lose about 2 watts with 5 ft if anyone cares.

:-)

-Fishy
 

UTP
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Aight then, I gonna buy some 12 gauge then.
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