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Old 16th December 2017, 11:42 AM   #11
Terathlios is offline Terathlios  Greece
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Depends whether you are worried about safety or sound quality.

For sound quality it is not the speaker power which matters but speaker impedance. Cat 6 is rather thin for 8 ohm speakers. Why choose a wholly inappropriate cable?
For safety you need to consider impedance and power. Calculate current and think about duty cycle. As a general rule, if the cable is thick enough for sound then it will be thick enough for safety - unless you are wiring a stadium.
Thank you for the response. I'm concerned about sound quality. The speakers are 8 Ohm and can output up to 38W each. Not that I will be listening at their maximum power all the time. So, what diameter would you suggest?
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I decided to use these because it's mentioned in the forum that CAT5/6 cables are more than good for the job and the bigger cables are not needed. The diameter of the copper wire is 0.7mm. Will it suffice for the job?
Yes, I've seen it advocated, for the short run inside the cabinet it probably won't do much harm. The damping factor may be an issue, and for some speakers and people underdamping may be desirable Damping factor - Wikipedia
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Moreover, I understand that twisting the cables is a good thing(?). Because, I didn't know what to do with the twisting.
Yes, twisting is good, it helps reduce EMI pick-up
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