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Hello there. I just upgraded my old 5.1 Denon setup to a 7.1 setup.

My receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR705.
[[ LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR705.../dp/B000OBMX0K ]]

My speaker set is Onkyo SKS-HT540.
[[ LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-SKS-HT54.../dp/B000GU78Z4 ]]

I am still waiting for them to arrive via FedEx but they'll be here Monday/Tuesday and I need to know what guage of speaker wire you guys recommend.

In my 5.1 setup I use really thick something like 20 guage but I think that is and was an overkill.

I can buy a 50 foot spool of 16 guage at Radio Shack at a decent price and I thought about just going with that. Do you think there's any benefit to using 16 guage over 10 guage? Also, would gold-tipped banana plugs make any difference over normal silver/metal tips?

Thanks in advance for any replies...

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20 AWG is awfully thin, not thick. 10 AWG is awfully thick. Can you even get such wire connected to your amp and speakers? Soldering plugs onto such wire is a challenge in itself.

I would suggest you get 14 AWG wire from monoprice.com

Regarding gold plugs, the only benefit will be in reducing oxidation over the years. Sonically, there will likely be no difference whatsoever, given that your system won't be able to reveal any (no offense).

Hope that helps.

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Hello there. I just upgraded my old 5.1 Denon setup to a 7.1 setup.

My receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR705.
[[ LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR705.../dp/B000OBMX0K ]]

My speaker set is Onkyo SKS-HT540.
[[ LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-SKS-HT54.../dp/B000GU78Z4 ]]

I am still waiting for them to arrive via FedEx but they'll be here Monday/Tuesday and I need to know what guage of speaker wire you guys recommend.

In my 5.1 setup I use really thick something like 20 guage but I think that is and was an overkill.

The higher the number re gauge, the thinner the wire. 16 gauge is thicker than 18 gauge, 14 gauge thicker than 16 gauge, etc.

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Thanks for the replys, guys. I was beginning to think I wouldn't ever get any.

Since the post, I did a little more research online and I was wrong in saying my old 5.1 system had 20 guage. It had 12 guage which I still think was an overkill.

Yeah, after my further research I'd tend to agree that 14 guage would be great. I won't have a single speaker wire laid more than 20 feet or so probably so I think even 16 guage would be just as good if I had to to even smaller.

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Yeah, after my further research I'd tend to agree that 14 guage would be great. I won't have a single speaker wire laid more than 20 feet or so probably so I think even 16 guage would be just as good if I had to to even smaller.

Yup. Totally agree......When going 40 feet or longer, 12g would be the way to go. With that said, I went with Sound King 12g all the way around.
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You should be fine with short runs like that. I was one of those that believed you had to have heavy guage wires and I bought 12 guage. I could have saved a few bucks. No matter a little bigger than needed is always better than a little smaller.
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No matter a little bigger than needed is always better than a little smaller.

That's what SHE said
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I so wasn't going to go there.
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hit'cher local hardware store and git a good quality 14 gauge spkr wire.

all u need!
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Excellent. Thanks for the replies again.

I just got the speakers delivered today. I'm still waiting on the receiver.

Anyhow, I was surprised to see it came with speaker wire. I didn't expect that but I didn't expect to use them anyway and sure enough they're very thin. Why would higher-end speakers*** such as these be packed with such low-grade cables? Wouldn't they want satisfied customers?



*** I know they aren't very high end but they're a LOT better quality than those HTIAB speakers that cost around $250-500 for the receiver, too.

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I'm using 12 gauge wire I bought from Radio Shack, that's working just fine. The High-End Police should be knocking at my door anytime now....
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