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Need advice on what gauge of speaker wire i need for a home theater package i just bought, Polk RM 6750.

Also, it seems mono is pretty much out for awhile of the speaker wire. Where else can i buy some good quality speaker wire for cheap!

Also a cheap subwoofer cable?


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As far as wire gauge:

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#wiretable

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Need advice on what gauge of speaker wire i need for a home theater package i just bought, Polk RM 6750.

Also, it seems mono is pretty much out for awhile of the speaker wire. Where else can i buy some good quality speaker wire for cheap!

Also a cheap subwoofer cable?


thanks!

Monoprice has some reasonably priced (cheap) subwoofer cables.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...ormat=2&style=

There are too many different sizes, so pick what you need size wise.

For speaker wire, local Home Depot or Lowes also are a good place. I had seen a 14 gauge (100' spool) for about $25 in Lowes. It was philps/magnavox brand, I think.
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can anyone recommend any on amazon.com that would be good?

I assume i need 14 gauge, right? Or would 16 work? Difference in sound by going up to 16?

Running two back speakers about 30-35 feet, the rest no more than 7 or 8 feet.

Also, is oxygen free a must?

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www.bettercables.com

WAY over priced...
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can anyone recommend any on amazon.com that would be good?

I assume i need 14 gauge, right? Or would 16 work? Difference in sound by going up to 16?

Running two back speakers about 30-35 feet, the rest no more than 7 or 8 feet.

16 gauge should be fine for a 35 ft run to 8 ohm speakers. If they're 4 ohm speakers, however, you'd be better off with 14 gauge or better. Even so, I suggest starting with 14 gauge now so that you don't need to rewire later if you get different speakers.

Check Parts Express for speaker wire.
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...122&lpage=none

anyone tried any of these? Philips/Magnavox 14 Gauge Speaker Wire

this wire should be perfect?
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...122&lpage=none

anyone tried any of these? Philips/Magnavox 14 Gauge Speaker Wire

this wire should be perfect?


Yeah
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...122&lpage=none

anyone tried any of these? Philips/Magnavox 14 Gauge Speaker Wire

this wire should be perfect?

Skip the AV crap section and go directly to the bulk wire and 'ask' politely for the Carol speaker wire

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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...122&lpage=none

anyone tried any of these? Philips/Magnavox 14 Gauge Speaker Wire

this wire should be perfect?

They will work fine. They are also CL2 rated, so good for in-wall installation too.
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Just check out the Carol speaker wire in the bulk wire section first.

Most, with the exception of the pros, don't even know that it exists.

It's a much better wire than the Phillips, and, although I'm not an EE, and cannot comment on the specific resistance or impedance of the wire itself. I have installed many and had nary a problem with any.

And instead of purchasing an entire spool, just have the wire cut in the bulk wire section, and they can cut it to the foot for individual runs.

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Skip the AV crap section and go directly to the bulk wire and 'ask' politely for the Carol speaker wire

I was just on their site and it looks to me the Carol wire is Cat 5 cable.
Do they have some speaker cable as well?
I bought my inwall stuff at Lowes. Made in U.S.A. brand named Coleman. 500ft box of 14 gauge for $118. I've even put some of that black, woven, material on it and use it for the runs to my center and from the receiver to the wall plate for the surrounds.
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I was just on their site and it looks to me the Carol wire is Cat 5 cable.
Do they have some speaker cable as well?
I bought my inwall stuff at Lowes. Made in U.S.A. brand named Coleman. 500ft box of 14 gauge for $118. I've even put some of that black, woven, material on it and use it for the runs to my center and from the receiver to the wall plate for the surrounds.

If you go into the store (did you even go into a store??) , then the 'Bulk Wire' section is where they will cut wire to the foot upon request. Be prepared, however, for a little wait time as most stores, in my experience, do not have the adequate staff to service.

'Carol' is a/n major manufacturer of general spool wiring, and although the raw materials may be 'out-sourced' now, with the current price of copper, the quality has always been top notch.

Yes, they provide substantial speaker wire in 16-12 awg.

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www.bluejeanscables.com

I use the Blue Jean wire as well. It's modestly priced and looks better than the wire from Home Depot or Lowe's (IMO).
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i buy a lot of cables from here. excellent pricing, good cables, and fast cheap shipping.

http://riteav.com/
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Just check out the Carol speaker wire in the bulk wire section first.

. . .

It's a much better wire than the Phillips, and, although I'm not an EE, and cannot comment on the specific resistance or impedance of the wire itself. . .

Just curious: why is the Carol wire "much better" than the Philips CL2 14AWG, please?

After reading http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm , I was happy to find the reasonably priced Philips speaker wire in Lowes earlier this evening and figured that any reasonable wire would be OK (i.e., per the URL). I was planning to pre-wire my 5.1 setup, in anticipation of my speakers arriving later this week.

Thanks.
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You will be fine with the Phillips.... ALthough, I agree about the Carol or any other CL-3 rated wire. With a CL-3 rated wire (rated for in-wall use) you have an added outer jacket for insulation/shielding purposes, which can't hurt and it doesn't cost that much more typically.

You can even cover the outer jacket with TechFlex and heat shrink on the terminations, then add your own connectors and voile.... super "NICE LOOKING" cables that will be as good or better than high $$$ stuff and will give you years of trouble free performance.

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For speaker wire, just get the right gauge and get copper and you'll be fine. Go with thicker wire to be safe.
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