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Old 01-14-2009, 08:10 PM   #16
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Might just be our codes her in the frozen North. Builders are using the same now.

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Old 01-15-2009, 12:43 PM   #17
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It's a lie. The only thing that matters is the DC resistance of the wire. Audio is close enough to DC that absolutely none of the transmission line effects are in play.

So yes gauge does matter with high power systems, but 12 gauge zip wire is exactly the same as 12 gauge monster cables, and I agree 12 gauge romex is the same too, but I really would not want to use solid wire for this for the reasons I cited earlier.

Also as I implied earlier, most home users aren't running anywhere near enough power to require 12 gauge speaker wires.
That makes sense to me. Audiophiles are so gullible when it comes to someone making a claim that this or that will make your music sound better.

I've never believed in monster cable. I always used #18 or #16 zip cord.
One thing I did learn though; it is worth the money for gold connectors on low-level I/O. I was having a lot of trouble with the plugs on the cheap cables that come with most components. Periodically I would start to get a hum from one or both speakers.
When I jiggled the cables, the hum went away, so I used to scrape the contact surfaces for the ground once in a while.
The real fix was buying some nice gold plated cable sets at Radio Shack.
I've never had the hum with those. They are expensive though<g>
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:16 PM   #18
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I was having a lot of trouble with the plugs on the cheap cables that come with most components. Periodically I would start to get a hum from one or both speakers.
When I jiggled the cables, the hum went away, so I used to scrape the contact surfaces for the ground once in a while.
The shell of the RCA plug must not be too loose. Sometimes the shell is slit into four or so fins that can be squeezed a little closer together.

For speaker wires with banana plugs, the problem could be where the wire attaches to the back of the plug (and where the wire in the wall attaches to the back of the jack) as opposed to the contact where the plug fits into the wall jack.

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