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Gauge of wire needed?


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#21 OFFLINE   rudeney

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 09:09 AM

If oxidation is a concern, there are many solutions available that don't make the wire so stiff that it won't conform to a simple connector. Soldering typically reduces the contact patch versus not tinning as the wire can't crush down and shift about to accommodate the shape of the hole that it is in.


Solder is very pliable. In fact, it's more pliable than large gauge copper. Another reason to tin the wire is if it is stranded, it prevents loose pieces from not making it into the connector and possibly contacting something they should not (like ground).

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#22 OFFLINE   harsh

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 11:57 PM

Fortunately we're not talking about large gauge copper strands.

If you choose your connector's wisely and use the proper tools to prepare the wire, there shouldn't be a lot of split ends or a need to stuff the wire into a too-small opening.

#23 OFFLINE   machavez00

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:01 PM

Sorry for raising this from dead.

I have been running internet searches and have have some questions.
This site is linked to the most and suggests I can use 18AWG for my rear channel, yet here and on AVS most are recommending 16AWG. The 16AWG I have looked at rates a WAF of 0. The insulation is way too thick for her. Is there any out there that doesn't have thick insulation, or can I use 18AWG as the Roger Russell site states. (I'm currently using what I think is 24 or smaller from a Yamaha RX-V361)




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