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Speaker wire size?

 

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Username: Drpthemc

Atlanta, GA USA

Post Number: 55
Registered: Apr-05
does it matter what size speaker wire you use for your subs?... i was wondering because... on my old speakers i had thicker wires... but now on my new box i have thinner wires... i was wondering does it matter?... does thinner mean its not going to give the subs enought juice?... vice versa...
 

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Username: Alias747

MN

Post Number: 450
Registered: Apr-05
For wiring your subs, it is best to use 12-16 gauge wiring. Me personally, I wouldn't use anything less than 12 gauge on my subs, simply becuase it doesn't cost that much more and I wouldn't want my speaker wire to be the weak link in my system.
 

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Username: Tbolt

Collipark, GA

Post Number: 198
Registered: Dec-04
What would happen if you used 10 or 8 guage wire?
 

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Username: Drpthemc

Atlanta, GA USA

Post Number: 57
Registered: Apr-05
isaac w. so your saying if your speaker wires are too small its not going to perform well because its not getting enough flow because its small? o.O
 

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Username: Tbolt

Collipark, GA

Post Number: 200
Registered: Dec-04
Your speaker wires would have to be very small to not perform well.
 

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Username: Glasswolf

Wisteria, Lane USA

Post Number: 8042
Registered: Dec-03
16ga is plenty.

I've seen speaker wire up to 10ga, but larger than 12ga is hard to fit into terminals unless you're using banana plugs or binding posts.
 

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Username: Alias747

MN

Post Number: 454
Registered: Apr-05
Yeah, they would have to be very small, like 18 guage or smaller to not perform well. I just like to be more safe than sorry, considering wiring is pretty cheap so you might as well go bigger. Juelz, yes you can use 8 or 10 gauge, the bigger the better basically, you pretty much can never have to big of power cable or speaker wires, it will never hurt.
 

Gold Member
Username: Carguy

Post Number: 3556
Registered: Nov-04
Unlike power wires that carry high current, speaker wires don't. This is why 18 gauge will sound as good as 14/12 gauge.
Take a look at your home power wires. They are 14-16 gauges.
Unless your amp is 2000w rms or higher, 16-18 gauge will be fine. Don't get fooled into getting 8gauge or lower by wire manufacturers. They swear you can tell the difference. Tests will prove otherwise.
 

Gold Member
Username: Carguy

Post Number: 3557
Registered: Nov-04
The crooks here, CrappyShop and CrappyBuy, sells 8gauge monster cable for speakers claiming you will see and hear the difference. They have a ghetto setup in the store with a button. One will produce weak audio sound with static, the other louder sound with no static.
It is a scam. They charge $199 for the cable.
Just how much differece do you think an 8 gauge wire will produce carrying under 1A of current vs 18 gauge wire? None what so ever. I'm sure they're making at least 80% in profit selilng those cables to suckers.
 

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Username: Redskin

LondonEngland

Post Number: 170
Registered: Dec-03
"The crooks here, CrappyShop and CrappyBuy, sells 8gauge monster cable for speakers claiming you will see and hear the difference."

I CAN see and hear a difference. I can see the hole in my bank balance and hear my wife saying "you spent how much on a little bit of what!"
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