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post #11 of 13 Old 12-08-10, 12:33 PM
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Re: Speaker wire reccommendations

The problem with 12awg wire is that you will not get it to fit into the hole on the binding posts so unless you buy good banana plugs that properly fit 12awg wire your wasting your money. 14 is more than enough size for any length (unless your running more than 200ft). its all about resistance if the wire gauge is too small you get resistance causing heat and that equates to loss of signal but think of it this way, the sound over a speaker line is just a varying voltage signal and you can easily run a 1000watt lightbulb on 16awg wire without issues.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-08-10, 12:48 PM
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Re: Speaker wire reccommendations

I used 12 ga for my build to future proof that part of the system in case I ever get low-ohm speakers. 14 ga is plenty fine for 8 ohm speakers at reasonable distances (under 50ft wire run).

Also, understand that in-wall (CL2/3) rating is not just a good idea, it is required by Code. Ditto for all in-wall wiring (Cat6, coax, etc.). Don't be tempted to get cheaper cable that doesn't comply with Code.

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post #13 of 13 Old 12-08-10, 01:56 PM
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The problem with 12awg wire is that you will not get it to fit into the hole on the binding posts so unless you buy good banana plugs that properly fit 12awg wire your wasting your money.
That could be true, but my binding posts would easily take 10 gauge wire.
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