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Is there really a huge difference in the sound quality between an 8 Gauge or 10 Gauge speaker cable?

The only thing I notice difference is that the 8 Gauge speaker cable is thicker.

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Thanks guys!

Maybe I can save some money if I buy the 16 Gauge speaker cable. The 16 Gauge is pretty thin compare to the 8 Gauge but the sound quality will sound the same anyway.
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Can't imagine where you'd need 8 awg cable for speakers. For that matter, even 10 awg. (unless your speakers are a LONG ways away)
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I can't imagine trying to fit 8 awg in banana plugs or binding posts.

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Thanks guys!

Maybe I can save some money if I buy the 16 Gauge speaker cable. The 16 Gauge is pretty thin compare to the 8 Gauge but the sound quality will sound the same anyway.
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I can't imagine trying to fit 8 awg in banana plugs or binding posts.


You think 8 awg is huge, you should take a look at the 4 awg. Yes, I just found out that they make the massive 4 awg speaker cable. LOL
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Use this to find out what you actually need:
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Thanks!

I will give that a try.
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Great information and thanks!
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I have another question.

When you connect the speaker cable to the back of the speaker, do you use the Banana Plug connector or do you use the bare wire?

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Again, do the Gold plated banana connectors make huge improvement on the sound quality? Or is it just another hype marketing?
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You can use whatever floats your boat and that includes pins and spades. IMO, using connectors is a neater and more elegant, if you will, way of joining two pieces of equipment and avoids the possibility that a stray wire causing a short. BTW, not all gold connectors are actually gold and the thickness of the coating does vary. What gold does is provide a surface that is not attacked by chemicals which includes oxygen. Don't overly obsess over the minutiae.

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I have another question.

When you connect the speaker cable to the back of the speaker, do you use the Banana Plug connector or do you use the bare wire?
I use bare wire, except for my pro-sound gear, which has connectors because I plug them in at the beginning of the night, and unplug them at the end.
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Again, do the Gold plated banana connectors make huge improvement on the sound quality?
They make no difference. Gold isn't a very good conductor, it's used because it won't corrode. That's significant if your system is on a boat or in a house near the ocean, but otherwise, not really.

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