Though I had a slight ulterior motive for starting this thread, I will let the data speak for itself.
I generally tell people to BUDGET 5% of their system cost for wire and cable, but remind them, this is simply for working out the budget.
When it comes time to actually spend, they are free to spend more or less as they please. It is not up to me to tell them what they can or can not do.
I would say these chart somewhat confirm that recommendation.
Most seem to be in the 1% to 3% range across a wide cross-section of prices.
EDITED: Also notice that while most fall in the 1% to 5% range, there are a fair few who fall in the 0% to 1% range.
In the UK the most expensive system was £25,000 (US$35.4k).
Here in the USA, the same 1% to 3% range was common, but the most expensive systems were up at $52,000 and now $62,000.
Though there were a fair amount of people in both places in the 3% to 5% range. Only rarely did anyone go much over 5%.
Now to those who spent 15%, 20%, 25%, or more, you are not being criticized. (At least not by me.) If you are happy with the result, then we are happy for you.
In many Wire and Cable threads, there is no shortage of people telling you what you should do, I simply thought it would be informative to find out what people actually did. Make of it what you will, but I most certainly found it informative in many ways.
For example, many people with considerably expensive systems had very, almost extremely, modest amounts in wire and cable. Initially I thought it was just a few oddballs, but No, many with expensive system were perfectly happy with very modest wire and cable budget.
While the budget people might have found those with higher wire and cable budgets excessive, ultimately even those who spent considerably, were still modest and restrained ... relatively speaking.
Other may have gotten nothing from this, but I for one found it enlightening and informative.
I definitely want to thank all those who took part by itemizing their systems.
Since I now have this in a Spreadsheet, if others are inclined to continue to contribute, I can add them to the spreadsheet, and when we have significantly more data, I will post a new chart.
Thanks again to all.
Last edited by bluewizard; 04-06-2016 at 09:25 AM.