Originally Posted by ensmarcum
Does anyone Biwire the RF-82's? If so do you use heavier gauge for the bass freq's and a lighter gauge for the tweeter?
I don't have experience with the RF-82's, however; the wire guage you use is dependant on power and distance. Most run less power to their tweeters so they run a lower guage wire. Bi-wiring really has nothing to do with it. It's purely what you are sending and from where.
Most also run a lot heavier guage then they need.
I am running 16AWG for my Quartets/Academy getting about 100WRMS with about 6' between them and the source. I am running 16AWG for my rear surrounds (Insignia favorites from BestBuy) and I used most of a 100' spool of wire for them.
In my car (1998 240sx SE, small sports coupe) I am running 14AWG to the door woofers and 16AWG to the tweeters and 10AWG to the rear quarter panels.
The mains see 100x2 and the subs in the rear quarters see 200x2.
In all the above cases, the wire size is excessive. However; for the difference in price and not having to run wire again...I could go to ungodly power levels, with just a slight increase in upfront costs and a huge savings in future labor. When I do wiring, it's not the typical just stuff it in the crevice. I take things apart and route it so the wiring is both invisible (where possible) and safe from screws and pinches. A screw in a speaker wire is usually a non-event to your environment (your eq may suffer), a screw driven into the wire of even modest AWG you just direct connected to your battery without any fuse could #1 weld your tool to the screw on the spot, then #2 burn your car down to the ground in a full short. In homes usually things are safer and with less chance of unseen accidents. In my younger days I knew people running unshielded wire under their cars to their trunks because they didn't want to drill through the firewall.
In my car I ran 1/0 guage to the trunk. 4-8AWG would have been plenty for my system...even 10AWG. However, now if I wanted to move my battery back there I am all set. If one day the need for a car that shakes neighborhoods comes up...I can do it with component changes only. I scored a closeout on a Streetwires 1/0 PS00R amp kit.
I like it loud though...not loud enough to make my listening painful though.
If you post up your power levels and distance from source to the speaker, we can tell you what you need.