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    Default what speaker wire gauge would you recommand

    For 8 ohms?
    Everything I own burned in the fire!!!!!!!!!!

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    12-14 gauge seems to be the most common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dane_peterson
    12-14 gauge seems to be the most common.
    True.

    However, most entry level receiver based HT systems will work just fine with 16 or even 18 gauge if the runs are less than say 50' long.
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    I got Monster Cable15.24m.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Theatre
    I got Monster Cable15.24m.

    They'll do just fine.
    polkaudio speakers: SDA-SRS-2.3 (modified) SDA-2B SDA-CRS+ RT3000p CS400i LF-14 Monitor 7B

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    Smile Kimber or Audioquest Speaker Cables

    Quote Originally Posted by Home Theatre
    For 8 ohms?

    If one wants to spend the $ , then get the best! Certain products make an in- expensive product sound like a much more hi-end product, for a lot less... but be carefull ...sometimes you can outspend your product that another will outperform out of the box ...for instance - i have a very old Pioneer PD- DM 802 CD 12 Changer that , for fun , I connected to a Musical Fidelity X-10D, Kimber Silver interconnects(4) , and Kimber8TC speaker cables, all going thru a Panamax 1000 and a Yamaha RX V870 Reciever and Polk Monitor 30's with an Infinty powered sub. Just for CD and vinyl playback. I did this because I had extra toys while I await new toys ... this setup blew away anything I heard under $4 000...for 1/2 the price!!

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    12 guage.
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    10 gauge

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    ;) 750 kcmil ;)

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    I vote 16 -> 14 gauge.

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    For long runs I would not go under 12ga. For short runs you can get away with 16, but I always use 12.
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    Determining the proper gauge for safe operation has no bearing on the impedance (ohms) of your speakers. Instead, it depends on the amount of current you will be sending from the amplifier to your speakers. Example below;

    Your standard telephone comes with a power cord so thin that you can bite right through it (not recommended!). Itís thin because the phone requires very little power to operate, thusly thick gauge is not necessary.

    On the other end of things, look at a power line. The wire is incredibly thick due to the extreme amount of voltage it must transfer at all times.

    In relevance to Hi-Fi, a good cable always depends on three important factors; a pure and solid conductor, sufficient insulation, and successful geometry (design). Still, I have a hunch that you are looking for standard cables that can be found in spools, vice expensive and pretty wooden cases.

    If thatís the case, than anything larger than 20 gauge will be more than sufficient for your standard audio system. In my experience Ė 10-12 gauge wire is best if you are big on bass, and 16-18 being more appropriate if you are more keen to mid-range and upper end response. 14 is always a good middle-ground.

    Good luck!

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    Zero, why would the gauge affect the emphasis of the sound? I'm talking about decent gauge, acceptable cables.

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    Might check out this old thread that I started last year.

    In the second post there is a link to a guide showing safe lengths based on load and gauge.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34835
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    Univera,

    You ask a fine question. Higher frequencies typically travel quickest through smaller conductors. Depending on the wire configuration and gauge, you significantly lower resistance of both capacitance and inductance with very little propagation of skin effect (which can come into play with real small gauges evein with audio signals).

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    I've had the best results (to my ears) with 12 AWG - it tightened up the bass noticably to me. Right now I am using AR oxygen free. I am certain there is better out there, but the price seemed right and it was easily had at BestBuy.

    YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by seo
    ;) 750 kcmil ;)

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    1000 MCM tri-twist - if your gonna go BIG, might as well out all the stops! Of course you'll likely need to trench it. ;)
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    Default Monster Cable

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