What kind of speaker wire should I look for? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 04:45 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Don G.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hey all, I'm about to purchase the Yamaha 591 BL home theater system and was looking to upgrade the speaker wire it comes with. I really don't know a thing about speaker wire so I was hoping someone here could help me out. I was checking out monoprice but I'm not sure what type of wiring guage I should get. I see 14, 16 & 18 awg. Not sure what the difference is.
Don G. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 04:54 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
The guage is the thickness of the cable, the lower the number the thicker. Longer runs of cable and high power system require thicker cables. 14 awg is the typical thickness for most home setups.

Unless you have a very long run of cable just go with the 14 awg.
Jay1 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 05:09 PM
AVS Special Member
 
westgate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: ʇuoɯɹ
Posts: 5,624
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Don G. View Post

Hey all, I'm about to purchase the Yamaha 591 BL home theater system and was looking to upgrade the speaker wire it comes with. I really don't know a thing about speaker wire so I was hoping someone here could help me out. I was checking out monoprice but I'm not sure what type of wiring guage I should get. I see 14, 16 & 18 awg. Not sure what the difference is.

been using up to 35' lengths of 16 gauge for over 35 years.
works fine.
westgate is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 05:49 PM
Member
 
Sycraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Depends on your speaker impedance and length of the run. You can have a look at a table if you like, but unless your run is over 20 feet, 16 gauge should be fine for anything.

Only other thing to consider is if you are adding any ends. Some ends are easier or harder to put on larger or smaller wire. For example the ends I like from Blue Jeans Cable fit really nicely on their large 10 gauge wire. They'd work on 16 gauge, just not fit as snug. Conversely, some other ends have real trouble with big wire bundles.
Sycraft is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 06:41 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Don G.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Thanks guys. You've been a great help. I'll just go with the 16 awg. I'm not going to run them a very long distance.
Don G. is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 10:04 PM
Advanced Member
 
Gandu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Diego
Posts: 866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked: 35
If you don't want to wait or pay shipping on Monoprice (great store btw), you can also get perfectly fine generic speaker wire at Home Depot or Lowes, by the foot, in the wire section.

NorthSeaSurfRadio.org - 100% Instrumental Surf Music. Commercial Free.
Gandu is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 10:10 PM
Member
 
ShadowVlican's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Toronto CANADA
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
+1 for monoprice

i live in canada and i still buy various cables from them!
ShadowVlican is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 06-09-2009, 06:14 AM
AVS Special Member
 
psgcdn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Prov. of Quebec, Canada
Posts: 4,448
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShadowVlican View Post

+1 for monoprice

i live in canada and i still buy various cables from them!

As do I.

psgcdn is offline  
Reply Speakers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off