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Understanding Speaker Wire Gauges

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Whether you are installing a car audio system or a home surround sound system, understanding speaker wire and the different gauges it is available in is extremely critical if you want to maximize the quality of the speakers you have purchased.

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									Understanding Speaker Wire Gauges
Let’s face it; we all want high-quality
sound whether its in our living room,
home theater room or automobile. We
want to the sound of our movies,
television shows and music to help us
feel like we are part of the action.
Whether you are installing a car audio
system or a home surround sound
system, understanding speaker wire
and the different gauges it is available
in is extremely critical if you want to
maximize the quality of the speakers
you have purchased.

Contrary to what some may say, the speaker wire you decide to use definitely
can have an impact on the quality of your overall sound system. You could buy a
set of very expensive and high quality speakers, but they won’t be used to their
full potential without the proper wire. It can definitely be confusing to understand
the different gauges, brands, etc., but here are a few tips to help you select the
appropriate wire for your speakers.


Determining What Gauge You Need

Typically, a “gauge” number labels the thickness of speaker wire. Most of the
speaker wire that is available for purchase is between 12 and 16 gauge. In this
case, the lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Thicker wire possesses
a higher capacity to pass through an amplified audio signal. So what does this
mean for you? When deciding what gauge of wire is best, you need to evaluate
the quality of your speakers and audio components, the type of sound quality you
desire, and of course, how much money you want to spend. One thing that is
commonly ignored is the distance between your speakers and the amplifier
powering them. This is a mistake, because if your speakers are located a ways
away, the long run of wire can reduce power. For this, you would require the use
of thicker speaker wire. You may also want to consider lower gauge (thicker)
speaker wire if you are setting up a surround sound home theater system or if
you have a whole home audio system with speakers in various rooms. These
multiple connections and long distances will require thicker wire to make up for
the loss of sound quality. If you want high quality sound from your system, make
sure to take the time to understand the difference in quality between the various
gauges of speaker wire out there.
Speaker Wire Connectors

Another important thing to consider when deciding on
what kind of speaker wire you want to buy is the
connection method to both your speakers or your amplifier.
Are your speaker terminals spring clips or binding posts?
What about the terminals on your amplifier? Deciding
what connection methods your components have can help
you decide on what type of speaker wire and connectors
to purchase.

If you are looking for high-quality speaker wire, look no further than 21st Century
Goods. We have speaker wire in multiple gauges and lengths. Check out our
available products to learn more.

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