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    Hi all, could someone please suggest some good speaker wires I can buy online? Is there something special I should look for or will any speaker wirei do?

    I'm looking to run about 25 ft. to rti4's and about 5 ft. to my rti8's and csi3.

    Prefer something white. Thanks

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    I like blue jeans cable. You can get their 12 white (12 guage speaker cable - in wall rated) for about .39 / foot cut to any length you need.

    I purchased their 10white (10 guage) and am very happy with it. It is not very flexible though.

    Many people have ordered sound king speaker cable from parts express and have been happy with that as well.

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    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLoki
    I like blue jeans cable. You can get their 12 white (12 guage speaker cable - in wall rated) for about .39 / foot cut to any length you need.

    I purchased their 10white (10 guage) and am very happy with it. It is not very flexible though.

    Many people have ordered sound king speaker cable from parts express and have been happy with that as well.

    Michael
    Michael, thanks. I guess I will go with the 10 or 12 gauge. I haven't acutally received the speakers yet, but would you happen to know what kind of connector (banana, spades, etc.) I would need or would work best for these speakers? Thanks again.

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    Hello DC106,

    I use a speaker cable from Best Buy called Acoustic Research. It is a 12g clear cable, that is very flexible. The gold plated banana plugs came from Radio Shack for $6 a pair. A 30 ft spool of the AR cable is $29.99 in store. The sound became more detailed and a lot cleaner than with the 16g Monster cable that I used prior to this upgrade.

    Landry

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    Bedroom: Panasonic 50" S2 Plasma and Panasonic BD65 blu-ray player, Onkyo TX-SR707, Emotiva XPA-3, Emotiva UPA-2, KEF IQ7's, IQc, IQ8Ds, and SVS PB10-ISD

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC106
    Michael, thanks. I guess I will go with the 10 or 12 gauge. I haven't acutally received the speakers yet, but would you happen to know what kind of connector (banana, spades, etc.) I would need or would work best for these speakers? Thanks again.
    I would wait till you get the speakers to get spade connectors. (or check with someone on here who has the speakers and can tell you what size to get) with my LSi speakers, even the wide spade connectors were not wide enough to go around the speaker post. Based on that, I would get banana connectors. Also order (or purchase) enough wire to replace the metal bi-wire bracket with actual speaker cable. An extra foot of speaker wire should be enough for 1 or 2 speakers.

    Of course, you could just get the speakers, get the wire and use the stripped end of the wire. You do not have to use spade or banana connectors, you could just strip the wire, put it in the hole at the bottom of the speaker post, and clamp it down. This would give you about the best connection, it can make moving things around a pain in the butt though.

    Michael
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    I have the RTi series speakers, and the Radio Shack banana plugs fit perfectly. As far as the wire jumpers go, I made them with leftover wire and some Radio Shack spades and banana plugs as well.

    Landry
    Main Set-up: 55" 120 hz Samsung LN55B650, Onkyo TX-SR806, Emotiva XPA-5, Emotiva XPA-2, PS3 Slim, Sony BDP-S560, Apple TV (160g), Panamax M5300-PM, Polk Audio CSi5, RTi10's, FXi3's, RTi4's, and SVS PB12 Plus

    Bedroom: Panasonic 50" S2 Plasma and Panasonic BD65 blu-ray player, Onkyo TX-SR707, Emotiva XPA-3, Emotiva UPA-2, KEF IQ7's, IQc, IQ8Ds, and SVS PB10-ISD

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    I use some banana plugs , the compression type and they fit just great. I have used 12 awg in them once and no probs.

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