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    Default Does wire gauge effect sound quality?

    I was wondering if the gauge of wire you use effects the sound quality?

    My front speakers (RTI38's) are hooked up using a 12 gauge wire and the rest of the speakers are using 16 gauge wire.

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    only in really long runs of wire will guage effect the sound. i doubt u will be able to notice a difference between 12 ga and 16 ga of the same wire.
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    I was just curious. For some reason the rti38's don't seem to be loud (highs). Maybe its just me. They are in a wall unit, so maybe thats effecting the sound??? I'll keep "playing around" with them to see if the sound fills out better.


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    have you set everything up with an SPL meter?

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    Seaward,
    Here's a nice wire reference:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~rogerr7/wire.htm
    Scroll down to the table for a quick guide. Most likely you have no worries.

    Ditto Henry's question on calibration...
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    I have not setup everything with a SPL meter, still trying to get my hands on one. I noticed on my receiver (Yamaha 5560) Im only able to adjust sound levels for the all speakers but the mains (+ - db's). Also should I be using a Cal. disk or just go buy the 85db mark as a reference point?


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    I take it the adjustments (+ - db's) for the main speakers is the volume control itself whereas the effect speakers are adjusted through the receiver?

    For those who use a SPL meter to calibrate their system, what type of meter is better? Analog or digital or is doesn't matter?

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    Analog or digital doesn't matter, I prefer digital. Analog is normally cheaper. I paid $40, for my RS digital.

    Sony ES levels can be adjusted with the volume control, for all the speakers. It is also menu driven. Yamaha has one, or both of those methods I would presume.

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    Sea you can pick up the Avia DVD or the Digital Essentials DVD best prices i have seen are amazon.com...hell if you want i'll mail my DE disk to you to use if you want but i guess you have to get a SPL first. You could always goto Rat Shack and buy it and use it for a day and take it back if $ is tight
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    I think I'll pickup a SPL within the next couple of days. The local rat shack only carries the digital meter. So digital it is.

    Off to Rat shack to get a new toy.

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    I have an SPL meter but I need a good cal source. You mention the Avia and the Digital Essentials. Which one would be the best. Amazon sells the pair for ~$60. Are both really needed?

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    My all Polk Audio speakers are bi-wired with 16 gauge speaker wire and difference is more loud, tight, sonic, warm and detailed sound. Two 16 gauge wire are more like a 8 gauge wire in total.

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