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Question Indoor to Outdoor via Wall Plate (25m) - Quality?

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Yamaha Amp - 2 x 135W RMS
Emphasys IO50 Speakers - 2 x 125W @ 8ohm

The idea is that a speaker cable runs about 10m-12m from the outside speakers into a speaker wall plate inside the house. And then the indoor speaker cable runs a further 15m-17m from the wall plate to the amp.

Qu1a. Will a 16 gauge cable be ok for this setup given the total distance of 25m-29m?
Qu1b. Can anyone recommend a cable for outside that will last a life time?
Qu2a. Will a wall connector reduce the sound quality given the equipment quality?
Qu1b. Can anyone recommend a wall connector to maximise sound quality?

I know the purists will say to not use a wall plate but it just feels like a much easier, cleaner solution to manage. Having said that if you mostly say its a bad idea and ill be able to notice the sound quality difference, given the equipment, then my ears are open!

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With a run that long I’d recommend 14 ga, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world to go with 16 with inexpensive speakers like these.

You won’t have a problem with degraded sound from a wall plate. Pick one that you like with banana plug connections.

For wiring, get the type for low-voltage outdoor lighting at your local hardware store. Basically it looks like your typical lamp cord, only black instead of brown or white.

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For some weather proofing outside you can look into http://www.neutrik.com/en/speakon/stx-series/nlt4mp-bag
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Question 14 ga vs 16ga sound quality ?

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With a run that long I’d recommend 14 ga, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world to go with 16 with inexpensive speakers like these.

You won’t have a problem with degraded sound from a wall plate. Pick one that you like with banana plug connections.

For wiring, get the type for low-voltage outdoor lighting at your local hardware store. Basically it looks like your typical lamp cord, only black instead of brown or white.

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Thanks for your replies.

Can you tell me Wayne what kind of difference in sound quality should i expect if I go with the cheaper 16 ga option? (The amp produces more power than the speakers can handle at the moment) Also is it a bad idea to mix 14 ga outdoor with 16 ga indoor? (This is because i'm not sure where the amp will be placed in the future and want to future proof the unchangeable outdoor cabling depending on the answer to my first question)

Thank you in advance again.
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There’s no need to worry about loss of sound quality from the speaker cables with these speakers. It’s not a problem mixing 16 and 14-ga., but if you want to future-proof I’d say go with 14 for the outside wiring, in case you want to upgrade to higher-quality outdoor speakers in the future.

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