Does it matter what speaker wire you use?
When determining which wire gauge to use, consider how far away the speakers are from your amplifier or A/V receiver. Generally, for short speaker wire runs, a 16-gauge wire is sufficient. However, for longer speaker wire runs (to another room, for example), it is better to use a thicker, lower-gauge wire.
Thereof, does Speaker Cable affect sound quality?
Under normal circumstances, the answer is NO: speaker wire does not affect sound quality.
Thus, how do I know what speaker cable to use?
Thick wire (12 or 14 gauge) is recommended for long wire runs, high power applications, and low-impedance speakers (4 or 6 ohms). For relatively short runs (less than 50 feet) to 8 ohm speakers, 16 gauge wire will usually do just fine. It's cost-effective and easy to work with.
Nonetheless, does speaker cables with different lengths matter?
Speaker cables do not need to be the same length. It may seem logical that using speaker wires of the same length would result in a more consistent electrical current, the truth is it doesn't matter. Unless there is a substantial length difference of over 30 meters, the impact is unnoticeable.
Still, can my speaker wire be too big?
Speaker wires can definitely be too long. Ideally, the maximum length a speaker wire should be run through is about 50 feet. Anything above 50 feet is considered too long. The length of the run of speaker wires from amplifiers to speakers affects the quality of the sound produced by a system.
Indeed, should speaker wire be twisted?
Speaker Cable should always be twisted. Witnessed a System with Parallel wire (Zip Cord) in a home where the receiver and all electronics were unplugged and removed or un-wired from the speaker wires and yet the speakers were clear as a bell still working.
In addition, is thicker speaker cable better?
Thicker wires are better: It's true that for long runs, thicker wires are better at reducing the effects of resistance. But for most set ups (those with speakers within 100 ft of the amplifier), 16-gauge lamp cord is fine. For speakers 100 to 200 ft.And from 200 to 400 ft., they recommend 12-gauge wires.
Similarly, do speaker cables degrade?
The cable themselves will not go bad. Yes copper will oxidize and this can cause more resistance at the connection point. Clean the connection points off so you have nice clean fresh looking copper, or just strip back new exposed conductor and you will be just fine.
And, what happens if your speaker wire is too small?
The only problem with using too-thin wire is that if you put enough current through it that it melts, then your amp won't be too happy. The amplifier will be quite happy if the wires melt and fuse, leaving an open circuit with no load.
Next, does thicker speaker wire make a difference?
The thicker a wire or the lower the gauge, the less resistance. It is therefore a combination between speaker impedance, length and gauge that affects the resistance.
Eventually, how many watts can 18 gauge speaker wire handle?
For most cases using home or car speakers (not subwoofers) 18 gauge (18AWG) is fine. 18AWG wire is good for about 50W for 4 ohm (car) speakers and 100W for 8 ohm (home stereo) speakers. For higher power systems or longer lengths, 16 gauge is a great choice.