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    Question In-wall speaker wire vs. generic wire

    Hey guys, I was looking at Monoprice's speaker wire offerings and wondering if there is any advantage/disadvantage to buying the in-wall wires for general use (not installed in the wall). Here is a link to what I'm looking at:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...3901&p_id=2817

    I like the idea of white wires -- which would match my room better, and they are sold out of the standard wire anyway.

    Also-- this is secondary, but are most of you guys running 12 or 14 gauge wire?

    Thanks!

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    No advantage....it just rated as such due to generic building code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    No advantage....it just rated as such due to generic building code.
    Cool, so then no disadvantage either? Is it harder to bend or work with you think?

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    In wall wire will tend to have fewer strands and ends up being a tiny bit stiffer. You'll need a sample of each side by side to clearly see/feel the difference.

    Like mentioned, it is in wall wire due to the way it burns(if ever there is a fire) and nothing more.

    Go with whatever you like best, they are equivalent.

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    Correct, as the stiffness is simply due to the jacketing used.

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    Hmm so fewer strands to me would sound like a bad thing, no?

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    Not if you consider that some high end speaker wire is actually solid(1 strand).

    Strand count is fantastic if you need flexibility(trying to run wires through motorcycle handlebars and such).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinAce View Post
    Not if you consider that some high end speaker wire is actually solid(1 strand).

    Strand count is fantastic if you need flexibility(trying to run wires through motorcycle handlebars and such).
    Ahh I see. Very helpful, thanks. Will that make them more difficult to use with banana plugs?

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    Mine's actually 16 gauge. I terminated with Monster spades with no problems.
    Fronts - LS-90
    Center - CS-400i
    Sides - FX-1000
    Rears - AB755 (2)
    Sub - SVS 25-31 PC-Plus
    Amp - B&K AVR317

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