How much difference speaker wire makes in a stereo system is one of the more entertaining topics you can bring up in any online forum. Both sides of speaker wire quality issue drag up tons of data to prove their respective points.
We're not going to weigh in on the speaker wire fray on this blog but rather give you some "sound" speaker wire advice. (pun intended)
Some questions to ask yourself when choosing speaker wire.
- Can you hear the difference between expensive speaker wire and zip cord or standard 16 gauge speaker wire?
- Can you afford $4 a foot speaker wire?
- If you choose really thick expensive wire can you run it where you need without the size being in the way. (btw... don't run normal speaker wire in ceilings or walls, it is usually against local codes)
The second question is an easier one. If both your kids need braces and you don't work on wall street, get over to Home Depot and buy some lamp cord.
The third issue is also not so easy. If you've never seen Monster Cable or other premium speaker cables it is hard to appreciate how BIG they are. Running this stuff to surrounds could present quite a problem.
We promised some basic speaker wire guidelines so here they are
- 16 Gauge speaker wire should work just fine for most applications
- Cut the speaker wire the same length for your Left Right speakers and the same for your surround speakers (this is so you save wire and it looks neat, nothing more)
- Make sure you've got solid connections on the back of your amp and on your speakers
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