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Old 5th January 2007, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

please share your experiences. even better, please provide a link to source.

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Old 5th January 2007, 12:27 AM   #2
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I use ordinary two core mains stranded cable, 1.5mm2 for normal speakers, but I might go up to 2.5 for PA boxes.
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Old 5th January 2007, 04:24 AM   #3
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I use quality [OFC] 18 ga... easy to work with, solders well, and will transfer power/signals fully--in lengths common to internal box wiring.
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Belden or Mogami if crossover components are just good, and VDH CS12 or DH LABS T-14 if the crossover components are expensive.
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Old 5th January 2007, 05:10 AM   #5
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I'm with Al. I use extension cords as they are cheaper than buying just the wire.
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Old 5th January 2007, 10:59 AM   #6
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I considered using some virgin copper wire quasi-qad wound to true north encased in some exotic gas for only $200 a foot.

Then I listened to the experts and used some clean 16-18 gauge wire.

I used the savings to buy a really nice house, well it's a real small house, but nice none the less.
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Old 5th January 2007, 11:57 AM   #7
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My old rule of thumb. 23-007 (fig 8 or zip cord) for short runs. 7-032 (8 twists per ft) over 15 ft, 7-064 over 30ft.

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thanks folks. this is a huge help!
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Old 5th January 2007, 05:26 PM   #9
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Better sounding than mains stranded without the expense involved for special cables, is 14 or 12 AWG solid core from coils. Its stiff but sounds better. And its audible the stuff we put in, especially if there is good special loudspeaker cable used from amp to speaker. If we buy loudspeaker cable of choice by the metre (or foot) and we terminate it ourselves for our system, its better to buy some more and use it inside too. Best tone match. Also I never change gauge for woofer and tweeter. The tone conformity changes if gauge varies.
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