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Old 10-10-02, 06:54 AM
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speaker wire guage

What guage of speaker wire should I buy for my dorm room? I am thinking about 18. And is Accoustic Research speaker wire good? I really didn't want to spend a fortune on Monster wire.
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Any basic cable will do the job. Lots of generic cable at Home Depot. 18 gauge is fine.
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You are going to want to stick to around 12-14 for the fronts and shorter runs and 14-6 for longer runs like the rears. I personally wouldn't go with 18 guage, and AR is good. Also Home Depot speaker wire is good if your looking to save some money.
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i did my entire system with home depot 12 guage. and it worked out great.

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how much is the 12guage wire at home depot?
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I don't know the exact difference, but it is going to be pretty minor.
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Originally posted by zargon
You are going to want to stick to around 12-14 for the fronts and shorter runs and 14-6 for longer runs like the rears. I personally wouldn't go with 18 guage, and AR is good. Also Home Depot speaker wire is good if your looking to save some money.
#6 AWG for rears! That seems like it would be a bit tough to tuch under baseboards!

#6 Copper stranded has a resistance of .510 Ohm / 1000'
#16 has a resistance of 5.29 Ohm / 1000'

So if his run is shorter (say 100' for easy math) resistance would be .051 and .529 respectively or a difference of about .5 ohm and #6 is about 3x's the diameter of #16. Also if his run is 50' the difference would be about .2 Ohm. So for the cost and size difference I would personally go to 16 or 18 AWG.

Just my $0.02
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Well, can someone post the difference's in pricing between 12gauge at home depot, and 16 gauge at Best Buy? If it's the same cost, I'll go with the 12...
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Old 10-10-02, 01:07 PM
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Well, can someone post the difference's in pricing between 12gauge at home depot, and 16 gauge at Best Buy? If it's the same cost, I'll go with the 12...
I have no idea about those places without going there.

If you want inexpensive try this

http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....ctGroup_ID=374
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Sorry, didn't know your search button was broken!

HD speaker wire:

#18 - $0.17 / ft. -- 250' $27.62 (save $14.88)
#16 - $0.20 / ft. -- 250' $36.00 (save $14.00)
#14 - $0.26 / ft. -- 250' $54.00 (save $11.00)
#12 - $0.34 / ft. -- 250' $63.00 (save $24.50)


This is all 2 conductor. In wall is more expensive.
BTW:
www.homedepot.com -> electrical -> wire -> audio wire!!

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