Originally Posted by MrSTI
Damn 8 Gauge must be real thick. I though the 12 gauge i saw was rather thick. I might go Banana Plugs then for the front stage. What cable/guage are you and others using for the rears and surrounds. Using 8guge for teh reas would be nuts, thats 4*Positive/Negative to run and that would be a huge bundle to hide
Cables are one of those things where everybody has their preferences, and I'm not about to say anyone's choice is wrong. FWIW, I use 11AWG star-quad speaker wire. Unless you have very
long runs, a 12AWG wire is virtually always more than sufficient, and 10AWG provides that extra measure of safety we addicts obsess over.
When I terminate speaker wire, I only do it to make connecting easier in the given situation. (Ex: My surrounds are kind of heavy so it's a pain to hold them and connect cables at the same time. In that case, I use spades just to make it easier.) As long as the connections are solid, I don't happen to think it matters sonically whether you use terminators or not.
You mentioned in your original post that you'd heard keeping the lengths the same is preferable. With all due respect to any who take this approach, I believe that's a myth with no technical basis. With the speeds at which signals travel along copper wire, and the short distances we're talking about in a home theater, it's a non-issue. Audioholics has a section on their site (www.audioholics.com
) where they deal with a lot of these types of question, and this one is addressed directly:http://www.audioholics.com/education...do-they-matter
The upshot is that it's best to keep all lengths to their practical minimums.
The solid vs. stranded discussion is another one that's gotten lots of verbiage. In practice, your speaker wire will be stranded, as any solid cable larger than about 14AWG is inflexible enough that it's awkward to use. (Sonically, they actually work pretty well. I have used 12AWG Romex in a pinch and it sounded just fine!
So there's my two cents' worth. Bottom line? Don't get too worried about this part of your set-up. Whatever you want to use between 10 and 14 gauge, and however you decide to terminate, or not, will work just fine.