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I'm sure it is not optimal, but has anyone experienced any issues with splicing speaker wires together? I had to add a few feet of additional wire recently and I haven't experienced anything noticeable to me but I was just curious.

Also, here is another silly question. Can you splice together two different gauges of wire (12 gauge to an 18 guage?) My brother says you can. I dunno.
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You can splice wire together - but like you said, it is not optimal. IF you have to, then you should solder them together and then wrap it as it will provide the best air tight connection.

You can also splice 2 different size wires together -- but you totally defeat the purpose of the larger wire. Splicing a 12g to an 18g means the whole run will "act" like an 18g.

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You can also splice 2 different size wires together -- but you totally defeat the purpose of the larger wire. Splicing a 12g to an 18g means the whole run will "act" like an 18g.

IMO, it depends on the length of the 18ga wire.

If you have 49ft of 18ga and 1ft of 12ga, it will perform essentially as 18ga wire.

If you have 49ft of 12ga and 1ft of 18ga, it will perform essentially as 12ga wire.

25ft of 12ga and 25ft of 18ga is almost spot on with 50ft of 16ga in equivalent series resistance.

Just because there is a knob doesn't mean you should turn it.
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Yes, there is nothing wrong with splicing wires togethor, the electrons flowing do not care, and audibly no human can tell the difference as there is no difference. Just make sure you make good twists and use electrical tape or caps to keep the connection secure. You can solder if you want, but that is not required.

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IMO, it depends on the length of the 18ga wire.

If you have 49ft of 18ga and 1ft of 12ga, it will perform essentially as 18ga wire.

Many thanks for the info, all. I tried to use as much of one type of wire as possible before splicing it into the speaker's built in wire (probably soldered inside its cabinet.) It sounds great to me so I'm happy.

Love this forum. You guys are great. Thanks for the help.
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You can splice wire together - but like you said, it is not optimal. IF you have to, then you should solder them together and then wrap it as it will provide the best air tight connection.

You can also splice 2 different size wires together -- but you totally defeat the purpose of the larger wire. Splicing a 12g to an 18g means the whole run will "act" like an 18g.

I'd recommend crimp connectors unless you know how to solder.
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the speaker's built in wire

What kind of speakers are you using?
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