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My home when it was built last year was pre-wired with speaker wire for my HT room. I'm not sure which gauge it is but I'm stuck with it. I would say it's 16 or 14 if I was to take a guess (not at home right now to look). I'm getting Monitor Audio speakers and just curious on your thoughts about this? Is this enough wire for these speakers? Distance on the wires is probably 20-30 feet.
 

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Originally Posted by vardo  /t/1470510/speaker-wire-gauge#post_23261335


Your house was probably wired with 14 ga wire, as that's code for most homes.
There is no code for speaker wires. As for 14ga in AC wiring, that would only be used for 15A circuits, which for the last 30 years have pretty much been restricted to overhead lighting. Most circuits are 20A, requiring 12ga.
 

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My whole house, outside of the obvious stuff like kitchen, washer/dryer area....is all 15amp. Guess it has something to do with energy efficient requirements? wasn't my choice for sure.


House was built new last year 04/2012
 

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My whole house, outside of the obvious stuff like kitchen, washer/dryer area....is all 15amp. Guess it has something to do with energy efficient requirements?
No, that has something to do with the builder being cheap. If he cut corners on the wiring to save a few bucks I wonder what else he did so with.
 

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It's a large builder, Meritage Homes so don't know if they would cut corners like that. How much does that save them wiring a house with 20 amp and 15 amp?
More to the point is how much does it save them with fifty houses? 14ga wire saves 10 cents a foot. With only 500 feet per house that's 50 bucks. Times 50 houses that's $2500. And then there's 20 amp outlets and breakers, which cost more than 15 amp. Per house it might not seem like much, but per development it's what keeps bean counters awake at night.
 
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