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Soldering wires together

I need to run a few 12 awg wires to relocated speakers. I bought a new roll but it will run short. Can I solder 2 lines together for 2 of the runs without any loss in sound quality or issues? I know I'm being cheap but I'll end up throwing away a good deal of 12awg that's too short. If not I'll just order another and wait to wire everything. Non-inwall if that makes a difference
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I need to run a few 12 awg wires to relocated speakers. I bought a new roll but it will run short. Can I solder 2 lines together for 2 of the runs without any loss in sound quality or issues? I know I'm being cheap but I'll end up throwing away a good deal of 12awg that's too short. If not I'll just order another and wait to wire everything. Non-inwall if that makes a difference
Sure. You could slide on some heat shrink tubing, twist then together in-line and then shrink the tubing on. Look good, sound fine.

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Sure. You could slide on some heat shrink tubing, twist then together in-line and then shrink the tubing on. Look good, sound fine.
Yep, this method works great and no solder is required. The wire is folded down and the heat shrink holds it.

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Yep, this method works great and no solder is required. The wire is folded down and the heat shrink holds it.
I solder it also. Mo strong.

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Great! Thanks guys.
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I need to run a few 12 awg wires to relocated speakers. I bought a new roll but it will run short. Can I solder 2 lines together for 2 of the runs without any loss in sound quality or issues? I know I'm being cheap but I'll end up throwing away a good deal of 12awg that's too short. If not I'll just order another and wait to wire everything. Non-inwall if that makes a difference
Absolutely. It's no different than the wire inside the speaker box soldered to the exterior attachment terminals on to the crossover and on to the speaker itself. Or the components soldered to the circuit board of the crossover or the circuit boards of the electronics attached at the other end of the speaker wire.

As mentioned above, twist the wires together and solder. Use some heat shrink tubing for a nice clean job or some electrical tape at a minimum.

Another possible way to join the wires is to use crimp connectors that you can easily find at a hardware store, Home Depot, etc.
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Absolutely. It's no different than the wire inside the speaker box soldered to the exterior attachment terminals on to the crossover and on to the speaker itself. Or the components soldered to the circuit board of the crossover or the circuit boards of the electronics attached at the other end of the speaker wire.

As mentioned above, twist the wires together and solder. Use some heat shrink tubing for a nice clean job or some electrical tape at a minimum.

Another possible way to join the wires is to use crimp connectors that you can easily find at a hardware store, Home Depot, etc.
Kinda what I originally thought, theres lots of soldered joints throughout anyway.
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It will require a serious soldering iron to solder two pieces of 12-ga. wire together, and it will probably end up melting the insulation. Better to use crimped connections instead. Look for a handy guide to splicing wire in my signature.

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