Question Please help chosing right gauge speaker wire.

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  1. zebik

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    Hi,

    I have recently purchased Yamaha R-N602 with Dali Zensor 3 speakers. Speakers are connected by quite thick speaker wire (I don't know what gauge) but I keep reading that it could be to thick for my setup. Each speaker is about 1.5 meter away from the amp. I appreciate any help.
     
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    No such thing unless it's causing problems with routing. It may be unnecessarily thick but no impact on sound.
     
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    If it fits in the terminals, it isn't too thick.
     
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    You could try other cable but I would save my money tbh. You lose nothing by having larger than required diameter cable. Spend what you would of spent on cable on music and enjoy. :lesson:
     
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    The Common Wire sizes in the UK/EU are -

    1.5mm²
    2.5mm²
    4.0mm²


    For common length in the 1 to 8 (26ft) Meter range, any of these are fine.

    If you wire is truly as thick as you imply, then it is probably 4mm which is considerable overkill but certainly does no harm.

    In Gauge wire, the common sizes are -

    16ga = 1.31mm²
    14ga = 2.08mm²
    12ga = 3.31mm²


    Again, with common amps and common lengths, any of these are fine.

    The most commonly used are 2.5mm² or 14ga (2.08mm²).

    The acceptable length of wire for a particular gauge can be found here -

    Cable Length as a Precent of Speaker Impedance Table

    Notice the length of the wire changes with the Impedance of the speaker. Generally, 5% loss is considered acceptable, though commonly you can get much lower percentages.

    Here is a link to the Power Handling capability of various size wires -

    Speaker Wire in Prespective -How much is Enough?

    That should give you just about everything you need to know about speakers wire.

    In your case, if you wire really is oversized, it is not going to be a problem.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018

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