DVD & Home Theater Gear Discuss DVD and Home Theater Equipment.

what does "gauge" in speaker wire mean?

Old 12-16-02, 03:26 PM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,034
what does "gauge" in speaker wire mean?

As the topic says... what does the "gauge" mean? I see 16, 18, 12 gauge speaker wires. What does the number mean, and is a bigger number better or a smaller one? Thanks!
Joshic is offline  
Old 12-16-02, 03:55 PM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 1,128
It's the size, the smaller the number the bigger the wire.
Icculus is offline  
Old 12-17-02, 12:33 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Zonie
Posts: 371
Ripped from HTF Primer .

Understanding AWG and specifications
This chart relates the area of the copper part (not insulation) to it's gauge:
mm2 - AWG Size
0.5 mm2 = 20 gauge wire
0.8 = 18
1.0 = 16
2.0 = 14
3.0 = 12
5.0 = 10
8.0 = 8
13.0 = 6
19.0 = 4
32.0 = 2
52.0 = 0
digitalmanAZ is offline  
Old 12-18-02, 09:55 AM
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 172
Not sure, but the whole gauge thing may have started in guns, as in "12-gauge" shotgun. It's the number of round things that fill up a standard hole (as in 12 pellets to fill the barrel cross-section). In the gun analogy, it was probably 12 standard pellets to get to the barrel size. Thats why as you get bigger, the gauge get smaller. as in one 1 AWG wire should be close in size to twelve 12 AWG wires.
Taco is offline  
Old 12-19-02, 12:09 AM
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 132
Generally speaking lower gauge is better, some exceptions, but its a good rule of thumb.
0ne is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.