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Old 04-10-2008, 07:57 PM   #16
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From my research most people couldn't tell the difference between the gauge.
I found the same thing. I used to use all #12 & #14. Not any more.
If someone can tell the difference between #12 and #16 they have dog ears, and will likely not hire me to wire their $100,000+ system.
For the average home theater that will never see more than 200 watts per channel #16 is FINE.
They installed a new electric organ/piano in my wife's church and I did the power wiring. They ran all #16 CL3 speaker wire. Home runs to all speakers. You have to see some of these speakers.
This organ can vibrate the building!

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The effect wire size has on a system is not just a subjective one. Just as speakers should be matched to the AMP/Receiver, the wires should be sized according to the recommendations that came with your system. Why would you spend hundreds of dollars or more on a home theater system then use the cheapest smallest wire you can find. You want to make sure that the signal your sending to the speakers is enough to drive it to get the frequency response you paid for. (And no I don't have dog ears, but you can tell the difference on really good speakers!)

Also consider the length of the cable run. If you're running it over any distance, you'll want to size it up.

AND No one has mentioned the sub-woofer run. I would highly recommend using RG-6 cable for this. The end adapters to convert it to an RCA plug are readily available. I used Monster cable before and got a very unpleasant hum from my subwoofer. The RG-6 solved this.

RG-6 is shielded and is beefy enough to give you the frequency response you want for everything from Blues runs to explosions on a DVD soundtrack.
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Why would you spend hundreds of dollars or more on a home theater system then use the cheapest smallest wire you can find. You want to make sure that the signal your sending to the speakers is enough to drive it to get the frequency response you paid for.
NO kidding.
Who said anything about cheapest and smallest??? That would be #20 zip cord that comes with many cheap speakers.

We are talking about very good quality dedicated speaker cable.
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i routed mien through my existing attic and wall and i just used 16 guage, noxygeon sealed speaker wire and it works great, as long as you don't run it parralel with high voltage cables.

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i routed mien through my existing attic and wall and i just used 16 guage, noxygeon sealed speaker wire and it works great, as long as you don't run it parralel with high voltage cables.

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