This is my first post to AVS. Though, I've been a "lurker" for many years and have benefited greatly from the experienced views here.
I've had the Sony STRDH820 for quite a while now, but I'm obviously using the wrong speaker wire gauge.
My sub-woofer is fine (I don't have 2 of them yet) and I already have better than the recommended cable for the Polk sub, so it's working great.
My real problem (aside from the horrendous speaker connections - I mean, really? Sony couldn't pony up for some RCA jacks or even a crimp/pincher on the back of that unit?)...
Anyway, I have the 7.1 setup. The top two, I'm not worried about since they don't require much power anyway and my center channel is adequate (for now).
However, my other four speakers are troublesome and need more power. Which, my light gauge wire can not deliver.
-- For the main speakers, I'm using two [ Crate PS-115HP ] -- http://elderly.com/images/vintage/130U/130U-9622_front.jpg
-- For the rear surround, I'm using two [ Crate PE-12H ] -- http://img.mx.class.posot.com/es_mx/2013/09/12/Bafle-Crate-Pe-12h-20130912225614.jpg
[not my images - just posting for reference]
All four are 8ohms. PS-115HP = 125w Continuous-250w program, PE-12H = 100w.
So my question is, what is the proper gauge speaker wire that I should be using? 16awg, 14, 12?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.