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Default speaker wire: What gauge is really needed?

I'm curious of others opinions on speaker wire. I'm looking at brands such as skyhigh etc..... looking to rewire my system, i'm running around 60-100 rms per ch out of a 4 ch. possibly up to 300 rms per ch.

i'm looking to get rid of the pieced together runs to each of my doors and looking to run 1 single run to each speaker with NO breaks in the line IE::: no butt connectors in mid run.

My question is this, based off a max rms that I might run in my daily, with runs roughly 15-18 feet possibly 20, what gauge wire is really needed?

i'm looking at 14 or 16 awg. I know i can be safe with 12, however sometimes getting several runs of that size might not be available because of space constraints.

Please discuss.....
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What's more important than the wire size is the way you route the wire. If you have lights in the doors or power distros try to give some space between. Anything that carries DC power has a magnetic field around it and will interfere with AC musical signal. I run 14 ga sky high cca to my doors on about 150 watts per channel, and it's more than enough. CCA is just fine for speaker wire too since we are on the subject.
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I use this sometimes if I get a brainfart http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/spe...rassistant.swf
I am not a fan of the sky high speaker wire it seems to break too easy IMO when working/pulling through tight spaces. I like this wire better for the price http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=2748

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All the above links don't work, either they are offline or the link to wire is just to the home page
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16awg for mids & highs, 12awg for subs. Anything bigger is wasted money, IMHO


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16awg for mids & highs, 12awg for subs. Anything bigger is wasted money, IMHO


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For a single midrange, yes 16awg is fine. But if you're running big power to multiple speakers in the door and want to run a single lead like the OP said, I'd go larger than 16. I personally use 12ga for the lead from amp to each door, then each individual speaker is paralleled inside the door to the lead using 16awg
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For a single midrange, yes 16awg is fine. But if you're running big power to multiple speakers in the door and want to run a single lead like the OP said, I'd go larger than 16. I personally use 12ga for the lead from amp to each door, then each individual speaker is paralleled inside the door to the lead using 16awg

He didn't say he was running big power to multiple speakers. He said he was running wire to EACH speaker.


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He said up to 300 per channel though.
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I've had 300 watts running to my peerless sls midbasses from my alpine PDX-F6 bridged into 2 channels utilizing 16awg knukonceptz ofc speaker wire for over a year now without a single issue. If the op wants to waste money on bigger wire then he's free to do so but he asked for opinions so I'm giving him mine. Let's not allow marketing to influence our opinions too much


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Nice try but you're not stopping me from using gold flake infused moon sapphire platinum interconnects by audioquest
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