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What gage and brand of speaker wire did you use in your new construction

post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
I am curious what brand and gage people are using in their Home Theaters for speaker wire/cable and what recommendations you have. I will have a 7.1 system using a $2000 range amp and high end paradigm speakers. My longest run is 40 ft to the front and center speakers.

Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 47
12 gage. Just use the cheap stuff from the hardware store.
post #3 of 47
12 gauge. Home depot brand.
post #4 of 47
I used 10 gauge Steren Python Ultra Flex High-Definition Speaker Wire from cablesforless.com, keep in mind that in longer runs you always wanna use thicker cable, to prevent loss or distortion from other devices around the wires.
post #5 of 47
Part # 100-742 12 GA 2 COND SPEAKER WIRE 500' from Parts Express. Finished wiring 2 weekends ago.

Tommy
post #6 of 47
12 gauge Carol brand from parts express.
post #7 of 47
The census around here is that 14g or 12g from HD is fine. You don't need to go out and buy a set of Kimber Selects for 7K a pair in order to get good reproduction for HT or for two channel for that matter, but there are those that would argue.

Hell, Id argue too if I just spent 25K in speaker cables and don't have an orgasm after listening to them on my system.

Anyhow read --> The truth about speaker wire for an insight of an audio industry designer.
post #8 of 47
14ga 4 conductor CL3 from parts express.
post #9 of 47
If you're running the wires in the walls, make sure they are rated for in-wall use. You don't want to have issues with your insurance company in the event of a fire.
post #10 of 47
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If you're running the wires in the walls, make sure they are rated for in-wall use. You don't want to have issues with your insurance company in the event of a fire.

Actually, I learned something on this topic as well. Here is a good article from Bluejeanscable.com describing in wall rated cable.

Link

I used the BJC Belden 5000ue 12ga.
post #11 of 47
12 AWG from an online wholesaler like Westlake Electronic or Liberty Wire & Cable
post #12 of 47
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great response from everybody and keep them coming! This really helps. I'm leaning towards 12 ga cl3 in wall speaker wire. I will be starting my construction thread very soon.

Thanks, Robin
post #13 of 47
Thread Starter 
Also, has any body used COAX RG6 for a subwoofer cable and did it work for you?? I have a 45 ft run, Thanks
post #14 of 47
I used Blue Jeans 12ga. speaker and had them make me a 40' subwoofer ($54). Start wiring this weekend.

John
post #15 of 47
12 ga. CL3 from Westlake Electronic for me.
post #16 of 47
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Also, has any body used COAX RG6 for a subwoofer cable and did it work for you?? I have a 45 ft run, Thanks

I used RG6 to make 40ft Component and RCA runs with RCA compression connectors. Also made a 15ft Subwoofer cable for my buddy with the same RCA connectors. No problems.

If you have the material use it, if not you can get a decent subwoofer cable from monoprice for less than 15 bucks.
post #17 of 47
Chalk me up for the HD 12 ga. in-wall (2 runs to the front mains for bi-wire)
post #18 of 47
i did 10ga. 4 conductor for my mains (bi-wire setup) and 12ga. for the front satalites, surrounds, and rears, purchased all from Westlake.

- Josh
post #19 of 47
12 ga cl3 for 30 ft runs
post #20 of 47
I bought some wire off Ebay that was rated for in wall use. Tributaries CL-3 Inwall 16/4 Speaker Wire. It worked out well. My advice is not to skimp on the CL-3 pulling the wire through pre-drilled holes will ensure the wire does not get damaged because of the strong insulation.
post #21 of 47
I used 14 gauge 4 conductor Monster brand in-wall wire. The only reason I got the Monster brand was because I got it for half price.
post #22 of 47
Ever look inside a speaker cabinet and see the 24GA wire they use for the connections in there? Having said that, I used 12GA from HD and Monoprice (where speaker wire was out of stock for a couple of months recently.) Works perfectly well.

Anyone who claims that you have to be violated by the likes of Monster and the boutique cables companies to get audiophile-ish sound, probably also labors under the illusion that women find expensive speaker cable irresistably sexy.

YMMV of course, and I may just prefer expensive Scotch to expensive copper. Scotch works better on the ladies too!
post #23 of 47
12AWG romex for speakers

10AWG romex for IB
post #24 of 47
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I may just prefer expensive Scotch to expensive copper.

I hear that
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Scotch works better on the ladies too!

not to mention what it does to their looks...
post #25 of 47
Did someone mention Scotch?!? Good single malt is the only thing keeping me from not foaming at the mouth while wait to get started on my build.
post #26 of 47
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Part # 100-742 12 GA 2 COND SPEAKER WIRE 500' from Parts Express. Finished wiring 2 weekends ago.

Tommy

Yup!~... same here!
post #27 of 47
Belden 5000up: 12AWG, inwall rated, high stand count, pretty green color.
post #28 of 47
I would also wire XLR or single ended cables into the walls at the same time. In case you ever switch to digital speakers later on down the road (which is where everything is heading IMO). It is always smart to future proof. XLRs (Balanced cables) are the better choice IMO, as they allow any anomalies introduced into the signal via EMI to be cancelled out at the receiving end.
post #29 of 47
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12AWG romex for speakers

10AWG romex for IB

Solid core for low voltage speaker wire? There's much less surface area to carry (a majority of) the signal than stranded speaker wire.. Was this because you already had it installed, or did you choose this for some reason?
post #30 of 47
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Solid core for low voltage speaker wire? There's much less surface area to carry (a majority of) the signal than stranded speaker wire.. Was this because you already had it installed, or did you choose this for some reason?

Plenty of leftovers from rest of house construction.
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