Originally Posted by 5o9
Ordered some small Paradigm speakers with 110 watt avr, short wire runs, less than 10 feet. Everything the dealer says seems to go against what I think I know. They are not dummies and they build some very expensive theaters. They want to use 16 gauge wire because they think the 12 gauge emphasizes mid range. Guess I'll let them install 16 gauge sloppy temporary and build my own 12 gauge. So, 16 or 12? That monoprice website is pointing to high gauge for short runs...Thanks to all for building this great thread
just wanted to post this recommendation for you
its from the same article
Let me make it clear that the cable length guidelines I set forth here are done so for audiophiles whom are particularly critical on system performance and transparency. For casual listeners or installers setting up distribution whole house audio, you can certainly run cable lengths much longer than I recommend in Table 1. The degree of audibility of running cables longer than these lengths depends on the quality of electronics and loudspeakers, neutrality of the room, and sensitivity of the listener.
I personally run 10AWG speaker cable for all of my audio systems in the Audioholics Showcase home. The only issue here is this cable tends to be hard to work with and terminate. 14/4 cable is another good choice that is easier to terminate and has an effective gauge of 11 AWG. Choosing quality cables from reputable sources such as Blue Jeans Cable and Impact Acoustics is a good idea. I always recommend you avoid snake oil when purchasing cables otherwise you will likely find yourself spending more money than you should because of nebulous claims and fancy packaging while at the same time buying higher gauge cables as most of the exotic cables tend to be.
Use the recommendations in this article as a guideline and NOT a biblical source. There is no magic number when choosing what gauge to use over a specific distance since the system dynamics are often too complex. But, if you’re choosing between two cable gauges, I usually recommend going for the lower one (all other things being equal) to ensure your cables won’t be the chink in your audio chain for pursuing audiophile nirvana.
think i will go 10 awg going forward..