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Does it make a sound difference when you use a 18 guage speaker cables or something like a 16 or 14 guage? I don't need long cords so usualy at most I make my cords 10 foot long for each speakers. I just don't know if a 18 guage will be good enough or so or if it will make a difference if I had a 16 or 14 guage.


This is for the Kenwood receiver I have and the JBL Control 1 speakers.
    
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How much power you pushing?
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Does it make a sound difference when you use a 18 guage speaker cables or something like a 16 or 14 guage? I don't need long cords so usualy at most I make my cords 10 foot long for each speakers. I just don't know if a 18 guage will be good enough or so or if it will make a difference if I had a 16 or 14 guage.


This is for the Kenwood receiver I have and the JBL Control 1 speakers.
18 gauge will probably be fine, but to be safer get a thicker gauge especially for longer distances. Of course, like what happens to me, price usually determines what gauge you get. 18 is a little thin though.

Just don't waste your money with expensive wire.
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Well at most I only need upto 10 foot long cord for each speakers since the receiver is close to my speakers. I' am basicly using my speakers as a computer speaker so I only need a pair of speakers and a receiver to power them. But do you think 18 guage will be fine? Since they are cheap so they are more affordable but if they are not good for 10 foot long then I might need a 16 guage. But if 18 is fine then I will just use that and also if sound will be the same as thicker wires.


Now I do listen to my music loud but I don't turn them that loud that will hurt my ears. I just have it loud but that isn't too loud. I don't listen to them as loud as a rock concert or so.
    
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If you are trying to go cheap, buy two 12ft extension cords from just about any store and snip the ends. Look for the wire with the imprinting and then use that for your positive lead. They are cheap ($2~3ea), decent gauge (12~14ga), and you don't end up with a lot of unused cable on a spool.

Larger gauge wire is really just meant for long runs. If you pop open your speakers (even high end ones) you will usually find tiny 16 gauge wires leading from the crossovers to the speakers.
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Someone told me a site that tells about what guage you need for how long you want the cables to be and it seems like a 18 guage is perfect for me since I will only be using around 10 foot.
Someone just replied this on a different forums. So I guess you don't need thick cables unless you are going to have a very long cable. Also it seems like there is no sound difference.

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#wiretable
    
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Thinner wire, longer runs, or impurities in the copper will all increase the resistance and cause a voltage drop. The answer to your question asking whether or not thicker wire will cause an audible difference will vary with the individual system. As an example, even in my lowly Logitech Z-5500 amp, I noticed it ran cooler when I replaced the wiring.
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Basically there is no audible difference unless it is ridiculously bad wire, i.e. 24 gauge single strand aluminum .

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Thinner wire, longer runs, or impurities in the copper will all increase the resistance and cause a voltage drop. The answer to your question asking whether or not thicker wire will cause an audible difference will vary with the individual system. As an example, even in my lowly Logitech Z-5500 amp, I noticed it ran cooler when I replaced the wiring.
The logitechs probably use very thin wire. The resistance of your speaker wire is still VERY small.
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It depends on how far you want to run the wires. A 14 or 16 gauge would suffice for most people.
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