Originally Posted by tivo1
Reading that article, it seems to me, the more wires inside the better, at least for resistance, but i dont think ive seen it listed anywhere where people list this information?
The markings like "12/2" tell you wire size and how many wires there are inside the jacket (12 gauge/2 wires). The gauge tell you how much current the wire can carry. Smaller gauge# = bigger wire = lower resistance = higher current caring capability. But it does not tell you how many individual strands of copper (or whatever) are used to make up the individual wires, if thats what you mean by "the more wires inside the better'.
It reality I don't think there is any audible difference between a single 12 gage strand (solid) and any multitude of strands. Sure you will hear arguments involving things like skin effect and other scientific sounding words, but at audio frequencies these effects are negligible.
You will find that higher strand count wires are more flexible and that makes them much easier to work with. But if you are planing on pulling wire through walls or things like that you might find that a stiffer wire is preferred.
BTW: Lowes or Home Depot wire sounds just fine.