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Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       10-09-2013, 5:47 AM Reply   
Did you use 12 or 14 gauge wire in your tower for the tower speakers?
Old     (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       10-09-2013, 6:14 AM Reply   
My tower had 14 from the factory. Personally I would run 12 if i was doing it myself.
Old     (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       10-09-2013, 6:19 AM Reply   
Without knowing the details, 14ga is more then adequate for probably 90% of tower setups.
Old     (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       10-09-2013, 6:24 AM Reply   
I doubt any tower set-ups needs 12 ga. The wiring run is very short and if your power requirement was so large to need 12 ga, you would be deaf very soon.
Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       10-09-2013, 6:50 AM Reply   
I am running one pair of hlcd 6.5's rated at 200 rms.
Old     (DavidAnalog)      Join Date: Sep 2013       10-09-2013, 7:04 AM Reply   
14/4 fits the bill today. 12/4 has you set for any two pair of perhaps larger HLCDs in the future.
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       10-09-2013, 7:04 AM Reply   
I've had 14g for about five years now with 0 problems. 4, 8" hlcd's either 225 watts gong to each.
Old     (DavidAnalog)      Join Date: Sep 2013       10-09-2013, 7:55 AM Reply   
The correct, or even optimum, wire gauge is not about something problematic when applied to speaker wire, unlike amplifier supply wire for example. But as you increase the wattage you increase the current and this impacts the resistance. Resistance directly relates to wasted or lost power. reistance is a factor of both current and distance. So after all the investment made in amplification and tower speakers, you do not want to take a short cut on wire. Instead, you want to ensure that your investment is not compromised via some other link in the audio chain. Another way to view it is that most everyone uses a heavy gauge wire to their 500 watt subwoofer. You should apply that same gauge of wire if you are running 500 watts up each side of the tower.
14/4 is perfectly fine for 200 watts per channel times 25 or less feet.
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       10-09-2013, 8:40 AM Reply   
Where would be a good place to pick up 14-4 by the foot?
Old     (brianinpdx)      Join Date: Aug 2009       10-09-2013, 9:39 AM Reply   
14 ga. case closed. The rest is just academics. I will say, if you can, get a slick jacket cable and it will make it easy to pull thru the tower. I like the "ice" cables for this reason.

-Brian / Exile
Old     (Alleykat)      Join Date: Jan 2013       10-13-2013, 10:17 AM Reply   
Lowes, or Home Depot has 14/4 that is jacketted.


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