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Old 7th January 2004, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Wiring my AV12 - what size of wire to use?

Ok, I am getting parts for my Stryke AV12 project, and I am needing some internal wire. I am using the Parts Express 500-watt amplifier and I need some good internal wire that will help the amplifier keep its tight-fisted control over the woofer cone. I use some 16-gauge wire for my mains that I got at Wal-Mart, and I need something bigger for my sub (which will be getting 10 times as much power). I saw they had some 14-gauge wire there that I could use. It's car stereo stuff so the insulation is pretty thick. Is it all right to use that 14-gauge stuff and still accomplish my aims? My budget is getting tight, so no 8-gauge stuff. I don't think 8-gauge will even fit through the binding posts on the woofer. Thanks for help.
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Old 8th January 2004, 08:04 AM   #2
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i would not worry too much about cable thickness, you will find that unless you are running the cable over LONG distances such as 20+ metres then just cable slightly thicker than the tinsel leads of the driver will do. i dont know what gauge my wire is but is top of the range jaycar stuff and i cannot tell the difference compared to some that was 1/8 the price and is 3 times longer.
Just get mid to high range diy-store audio cable and it will be fine, that power your using wont even get thin cable warm so dont worry.
Good luck with it all, make sure you post here when the whole sub ius done. id like to see
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Clean & tight bass? Use only solid-core for power as well as signal, better too thick than too thin..
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Old 9th January 2004, 06:41 AM   #4
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what about mains cable
240v and 10A rated(NZ and australia)..i heard its good in wireless world article ,or some electronics mag similar.

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