Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Statesville, NC
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Does size matter that much?
The house we purchased has pre-existing wiring in the room we are are using for the theater and I have been using speaker wire on the floor to use a bigger gauge wire with the idea of replacing the existing wire with 12 gauge wire.
After going up in the attic the holes they drilled in the horizontal wood framing for the wire are exactly the same size as the 16 gauge wire and there is no give in the wire at all. I could expand the hole in the top framing wood but there is another horizontal board about 4 feet down as well so unfortunately replacing the wire isn't an easy job at all for my skill level.
The 16 gauge wire distance is roughly 50 feet and I am running JTR 212 HTR speakers off of a Emotiva XPA-3 amp.
I need some advice:
- If I stick with the 16 gauge wire am I loosing speaker performance due to the smaller gauge and distance?
- Should I replace the 16 gauge wire for 12 guage wire up to the final wall run and splice it to the 16 gauge so only last 10 feet is 16 gauge?
- Should I pay for a professional AV installer to run 12 gauge wire all the way?
Thanks much for any input.