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    Hi all,

    Today I received 16 gaufe 100ft wire.
    But the wire is little bit short.
    - Can I joint old wire to my new wire(16 gauge)?
    - If it's possible, should I just 'twist' two wires to joint(like electric wires)?
    - Do you think there should be severe loss in sound quality?

    Thanks,

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    It's never an ideal situation, but yes, you could treat them just like an electrical connection. Twist them together and secure them with a wire nut and maybe some electrical tape. If you wanted to go nuts and help ensure that no oxidation occurs over time, you could solder them together and use a heat shrink wrap around the joint.
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    WHAT are you using 100 ft of wire for? What speaker? What power output will you be running into it? For that length of run, you may require a higher gauge, depending on some other factors...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNRabbit View Post
    WHAT are you using 100 ft of wire for? What speaker? What power output will you be running into it? For that length of run, you may require a higher gauge, depending on some other factors...
    x2.

    http://www.practical-home-theater-gu...er-wiring.html

    According to the above guide you should be using a minimum of 14GA wire for 100'.

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    or put the speakers in the same room as the amp !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcrossma View Post
    It's never an ideal situation, but yes, you could treat them just like an electrical connection. Twist them together and secure them with a wire nut and maybe some electrical tape. If you wanted to go nuts and help ensure that no oxidation occurs over time, you could solder them together and use a heat shrink wrap around the joint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNRabbit View Post
    WHAT are you using 100 ft of wire for? What speaker? What power output will you be running into it? For that length of run, you may require a higher gauge, depending on some other factors...
    X3! Sometimes it is much simpler and provides for a better quality job to simply spend a few $$ to buy new wires and do the right job. Personally I don't twist and tape electrical wires for safety reasons... and nor do I twist and tape speaker wires for SQ reasons. Also, unless for very short distance I wouldn't use 16 gage anyway.

    beardog03; or put the speakers in the same room as the amp !!
    +1

    NOTE: If you still persist in connecting the wires together, the minimum would be to a proper junction (stay away from twisiting and taping).

    Cheers :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TECHNOKID View Post
    Personally I don't twist and tape electrical wires for safety reasons...
    Twist, wire nut, and (optional) electrical tape around the wire nut, all inside a box IS the proper way to do electrical. And it would work just fine for speaker wire, though as I stated it is not ideal for SQ reasons.
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    I don't like making in line speaker wire connections. I was forced to for my rear speakers after the dog ate the original wire and had nothing but problems with it. If the connection is not perfect, you'll get interference and maybe short out that channel. I used wire nuts and tape and the AVR still overloaded. Save yourself a headache, buy enough wire to make one run . . .
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    My rear speakers are using twists wires together for right now and no problems. Soon I will get a single run.
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    IF you must, you should do it properly with some solder & heat shrink ;)

    Put a piece of heat shrink the length/size you need on the wire, twist the wire's together so that they stay like this ----, then solder and heat shrink! I have made MANY connection's this way on car's, boat's, equipment/machines, audio, etc, etc...

    Make shure the wire's are clean and that you heat the wire first before applying the solder, this way it will flow well and form a solid connection. Also if you can, try to use a solder that is designed for electronic's use as it has better propertie's as compared to standard solder and usually has some form of flux.
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    Instead of starting a new thread I figured I could get an easy answer by bumping an old one. Ive read a lot around here about replacing the jumper on the double post speaker sets with a strand of speaker wire. Does this actually help much and for what reason? Also is this something one should do only if you are using both sets or if you dont have a bi-wire going on will it still help? Heading to lowes for some wire tomorrow and might pick up a few extra inches if this is something that would help. TIA
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetcoast View Post
    x2.

    http://www.practical-home-theater-gu...er-wiring.html

    According to the above guide you should be using a minimum of 14GA wire for 100'.
    Thanks for the link I'm always wanting to learn
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