Speaker wire is one of the most often overlooked components of an audio system. Wire size and construction can affect a system’s performance and reliability, if you want to prepare a speaker wire for your home theater on Boxing Day, it’s good policy to pick the best speaker wire for the application. Most speakers don’t come with speaker wire. It’s probably up to you to select the right gauge and type of wire for your home theater. This article will help you figure it out.
What gauge do you need?
The specification American Wire Gauge(AWG) is to define wire thickness. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Thicker wire presents less resistance to current flow. Thick wire (12 or 14 AWG) 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 AWG wire will usually do just fine. It’s cost-effective and easy to work with.
What type of speaker wires do you need & Where can you buy it in Canada?
On the market, you can buy speaker wire with connectors or without connectors. If you buy wire that without connectors, we strongly advise you purchase banana connectors for safety. If you’re going to run speaker wire inside your walls or ceiling, you should choose UL-rated speaker wire labeled CL2 or CL3. According to NEC 725.2, CL2 offers some protection from electric shock while CL3 offers a bit more because it is rated to carry more voltage. This type of speaker wires are safer than the ordinary speaker wires. For example, PrimeCables 50ft Speaker Wire 18AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Cable (For In-Wall Installation). If you want to install your outdoor speaker wire underground, you’ll need wire rated for direct burial. Take a look at our in-wall wiring for more information on PrimeCables.com.
In-wall wire is available with two conductors or four. Pull a single cable over the long distance with a Speaker Wire 14AWG CL2 Rated 4-Conductor Loud Cable (For In-Wall Installation) from your amplifier or receiver to an in-wall volume control in another room, and then you can then run 2 conductors cables from the volume control to each of the stereo speakers in that location. So the four conductors wire is good for connecting stereo-input speakers.
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