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I have this extra speaker wire that is 18 gauge but I'm not sure if it's okay to use with my new speakers. The very brief Klipsch manual recommends 16 gauge and lower for longer runs. This run would be maybe 10 feet.

The speakers are two Klipsch RB 61 ii and a Klipsch RC 42 ii.

The speaker wire reads:
Monster XP "compact precision stranded high resolution speaker cable with magnetic flux tube and LPE dielectric" 18

I'm pretty sure I got that all in there, but to be sure, there is no flux capacitor.

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10 feet is not a long run. You are good to go.

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You can give it a try...but in my experience monster wire is some of the worst wire out there....I would go to home depot and buy a small 50 ft spool of 14 g GE speaker wire....it's what I use and its great.I recommend it because I recently purchased 2 deftech 8060-St towers with monster wire and come too find out my left tower would not get as loud as my other.....it happened too be the monster wire....went out and redid my system with the GE pro wire from home depot and it was night and day...and my runs were about 10 feet also....just some friendly advice...:-)

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There is nothing wrong with Monster wire other than the price. You are good to go.
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Here is a summary from the BIBLE on speaker wire:



For your speakers, you could use any wire, 22ga or bigger, and everything would be just ducky.

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Honestly, for a ten foot run, you could use a coat hanger and not notice a difference. Try hooking up that monster cable and then only use a few strands of copper and see if you can hear the difference...
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Speaker wire has to cost more than $ 600.00 or it's junk.

There is no way cheap wire can carry the dynamic electrostatic
fluctuating current flow demanded by todays HD audio signal.
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Don't forget to elevate your speaker wire off the floor too:



kidding!
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^^^


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Thanks for the replies... all of them lol! AVS is awesome for fast, reliable help. Well, i guess I will find out the reliable/quality part once I get this setup going haha! Kidding really, I have a lot of faith in the advice I've been getting.

Anyways, I like the coat hanger idea.

I saw that chart before I posted, but the site it was on was... well... less than confidence-inspiring. Figure I would run it by the experts.

And I like the coat hanger approach. Very economical and if you could somehow split a hanger or tamp it down to really stretch it out that could be a real savings.

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If you need any other type of wiring, shop at this website. It's the best bang for your buck.

http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
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If you need any other type of wiring, shop at this website. It's the best bang for your buck.

http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp

Thanks again mannaoiaj. You've been a great help.

I've got that window open in another tab actually right now .

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I saw that chart before I posted, but the site it was on was... well... less than confidence-inspiring.

If you saw it on the Roger Russell web-site and doubted his credentials, you'd better find out who Roger Russell is!!

+1 on Monoprice BTW.

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If you saw it on the Roger Russell web-site and doubted his credentials, you'd better find out who Roger Russell is!!

+1 on Monoprice BTW.

Had nothing to do with the credentials... merely the presentation lol.

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Had nothing to do with the credentials... merely the presentation lol.

Or...make it easy and get everything from Monoprice.

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If you ever need speaker wire, if you need a new iron or hair dryer...

Cut the cord off and use that the next time you need speaker wire.
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Had nothing to do with the credentials... merely the presentation lol.

So you prefer style over substance?

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Wow, that would be like rebuffing a tech paper from Bill Gates because it was from 2009, and going to Best Buy for advice on your new PC...

Assuming of course, you had no idea who Bill Gates was...
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Wow, that would be like rebuffing a tech paper from Bill Gates because it was from 2009, and going to Best Buy for advice on your new PC...

Assuming of course, you had no idea who Bill Gates was...

Does he even make computers anymore? What's he up to nowadays? I only really hear about him from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation now...

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Don't forget to elevate your speaker wire off the floor too:



kidding!

That picture is all wrong. You have to make sure you put each of the cable supports on an Auralex pad and you also have to make sure they are double grounded!

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Sorry but you are wrong to advise going Home depot to get speaker wire.. monster Cable is a bit more expensive than most wire but depending on the wire chosen it is heads shoulders above most. I installed Have Monster XPHP technologies now in CL3 rated jacket for in-wall use installed on My Klipsch Reference II HT 7.2. it is by far the best sound ever. I also bought Monoprice 12ga. Speaker Wire and
Listened tested head to head. Monster came out on top. Let me add that other important factor will impact the sound on your speaker system. a Quality Receiver or AMP that has the ability correct room "demon". such a carpered hard wood floors. High Grade Speakers and the most over looked is High Grade 14-12 Gauge wire.
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^^^

you bumped a year old thread to post that drivel?

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uh oh... Ehaze drank the Kool-Aid. eek.gif

It's for 'wall hung dude', and no, I don't need any help to 'hook-up'.... sheesh ... dirty minds around these parts....
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He makes a good point about carpered hard wood floors though,.
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Oh my. You know, on just about all other forums people would be agreeing with him... eek.gif

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He makes a good point about carpered hard wood floors though,.

Kind of hard to figure out what the point is?
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Let me add that other important factor will impact the sound on your speaker system. a Quality Receiver or AMP that has the ability correct room "demon". such a carpered hard wood floors.

Huh?
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High Grade Speakers and the most over looked is High Grade 14-12 Gauge wire.

Huh?

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He makes a good point about carpered hard wood floors though,.

yea, you gotta watch it for those carpered floors... tongue.gif

to be fair, he's right about room correction, even though he's barking up the wrong tree in his example...

and good quality speakers never hurt...

and "high grade" wire is fine too... but i'm gonna guess his definition of "high grade" and mine are starkly different... wink.gif my guess is that "high grade" to him means "high priced"...

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His first post and he posts that. Can anyone say troll? I must agree with him about not buying Home Depot wire though. I bought some there and it was green within a few months. It oxidized really badly.

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His first post and he posts that. Can anyone say troll? I must agree with him about not buying Home Depot wire though. I bought some there and it was green within a few months. It oxidized really badly.
I just buy the ge wire they have there

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