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Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       03-27-2013, 10:40 AM Reply   
Is tinned wire necessary for speakers amps etc. ?
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       03-27-2013, 11:06 AM Reply   
no
Old    Earmark Marine (david_e_m)      Join Date: Jul 2008       03-27-2013, 12:45 PM Reply   
Tinned wire is normally used for off shore boats.
In fresh water you rarely see it. 10 years later a non-tinned 4-gauge cable going into a distribution block shows no signs of oxidation.
We crimp and solder on nickel plated lugs so essentially the exposed part of the wire is tinned.
Don't worry about 'tinned' wire. Worry more about lugs with cheap coatings and cheap wire that isn't cooper.

David
Earmark Marine
Old    Brian (brianinpdx)      Join Date: Aug 2009       03-27-2013, 7:57 PM Reply   
DMC - I'd say no to the tinned wire. Oxidation will vary a lot depending on what part of the country you are in. The larger issue is getting legit cables in the first place. A few years back many accessory companies tried to save a few bucks on their product costs by significantly undersizing the power cable core and also substituting CCA from old fashioned copper. They figured consumers wouldn't notice this change. And frankly, many don't. It don't make it right for your system by a long shot.

My advice is find real copper cables and not worry about the tinned aspect. If you need help with which brands to stay away from, PM me. I'll share more specific info. Also price is a huge factor here. Real copper costs 2-3x the CCA stuff.

-Brian
Exile Audio
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       03-27-2013, 8:51 PM Reply   
Right on thanks guys
Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       03-28-2013, 1:23 PM Reply   
My '01 Malibu spent its first 10 years on a covered lift with the original owner (I keep it garaged year-round). No tinned wire from the factory and even the power/ground lugs were not tinned, no corrosion issues at all.

I did go with tinned lugs this time, but just because I found a good deal on them.
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       04-22-2013, 5:31 PM Reply   
so when running new speaker wire and amp cables etc. how do i make sure the wire is good?and also what would be the differencebetween different qualities?
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       04-22-2013, 6:07 PM Reply   
you go get it from Topside Marine
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       04-22-2013, 6:15 PM Reply   
great wire just alot of $
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       04-22-2013, 6:18 PM Reply   
but you would be sure the wire is good.
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       04-22-2013, 9:15 PM Reply   
knukonceptz.com answered my own question. 1/8 of the price of other places and high quality!!
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       04-23-2013, 7:27 AM Reply   
i've used welding cable in the past.
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-23-2013, 7:32 AM Reply   
darvex.com has very good prices on stinger products. I've used the knukonceptz stuff too and it's comparable.

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