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Amazon has their AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Speaker Wire (100-ft.) for $9.43 with Free Super Saver Shipping on orders of $35 or more.

  • 16-Guage Speaker Wire
  • 100 Feet
  • Connects audio speakers to your A/V receiver to amplifier
  • Includes a plastic spool for easy and convenient installation
  • Distributed by Amazon.com; backed by one-year Amazon Basics warranty
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

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How do you determine if 16 gauge is enough for you? If you have less than 50 feet to go and your speakers are 80 watt bookshelf speakers, is this gauge all that you need?

Please be careful on what type of wire you buy. This is CCA (CCA - Copper Clad Aluminum)

You will be much better with 100% copper wire bought thru Monoprice. Such as this- http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023...

As to size of wire to use- (source Audioholics Online A/V magazine)
(Personally over 80ft I use 12 gauge under I use 14gauge Less than 50 I cheap out with 16)
Speaker Impedance 8 Ohm Load 4 Ohm Load
Wire Gauge Distance (ft) Distance (ft)
18 AWG 10 5
16 AWG 20 10
14 AWG 35 18
12 AWG 60 30
10 AWG 100 50

Lamp wire purchased at local electric supply works as well or better.

I bought the RCA AH16100SR 100 Ft. 16-Gauge Speaker Wire for $10.48 in November. Probably the same stuff. I ended up needing a few more feet.

Perfect! I have been needing some of this! Thank you OP!

More info than you'll need on determining cable gauge:

tuphat said:   Lamp wire purchased at local electric supply works as well or better.
Just an FYI

Yes this is true in the short term.. but this is not treated to be corrosion free --- over time the wire will turn color and may not conduct as well.

So yes - a lamp cord is good enough... but not the best for long term use

this is less than half what 100' of 16awg would cost from Parts-Express

Isn't the ac lamp or zip cord at 10 a foot the same thing?

CCA - Copper Clad Aluminum. decent price for a low budget system.


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