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  • what size speaker wire??????

    i have 2 pair of alpine 6.5 coaxials and plan on running new speaker wire. what size speaker wire should i run. i am not planning on running an amp. not right now at least?


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    Re: what size speaker wire??????

    16 gauge is fine for your application, if you choose to run an amp then you may want to go bigger at that point...
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      Originally posted by LippCJ7 View Post
      16 gauge is fine for your application, if you choose to run an amp then you may want to go bigger at that point...
      What he said, but it if you have a heavier guage laying around (18 or so) you can use it- basically you can't really overkill speaker wires (within reason).

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        Originally posted by ChampionShip View Post
        What he said, but it if you have a heavier guage laying around (18 or so) you can use it- basically you can't really overkill speaker wires (within reason).
        18ga is actually bigger. The larger the wire, the smaller the gauge... Just like with earrings!

        However both of those guys are correct. Its NOT going to matter. Use 20ga, 18ga, 16ga, 14ga. Powering 6.5s wont even overload even the smaller 20ga. As a average, 16ga is the norm. You can run 6.5s, 6x9s, 10s, 12s, 15s, etc! Amp'd or not! The only time gauge is a concern is when your choosing your Pos and Neg leads that supply your Amp. Then you would want to go "Big"

        As a comparison, in my car, I have a 1000watt Alpine amp powering 2 Infinity 12s with 16ga SPEAKER wire. In my boat, I have no amp, with 2 6x9s, and 2 6.5s, both coming strait from the radio with 16ga SPEAKER wire. Actually the only time I've seen smaller wire used was with stock vehicle speakers. I've personally seen both 20ga, and 18ga used.

        Do yourself a favor, get a roll of 16 gauge speaker wire from ebay, walmart, where ever, and wire til your little heart is content. If you ever wire any other speakers, you can use the same wire no matter if its Amp'd or not, or for small, med, or friggin huge speakers.

        As a note... Although it will work fine, I suggest using actual speaker wire. Any type wire will work, but speaker wire does supposedly have its advantages (although very few), PLUS it looks better being clear and all.

        Good luck!
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          Re: what size speaker wire??????

          is buying marine speaker wire a waste of money?

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          • #6
            Re: what size speaker wire??????

            depends on how anal you are. In a perfect world, yes buy marine EVERYTHING. will it make a difference, no not really. Personally I use regular everything. Regular hydralic fluid, regular oil, regular car radio. regular wires, etc. If I have a choice I dont fork out the extra cash to get marine products. Is it because I'm cheap, lord no, its because if it has the word marine on it, normally its more than half the price extra. 9 times out of 10, Marine grade is not worth the cost. In your situation, I wouldn't think twice about regular speaker wire... I didn't even know they made a Marine grade wire lol

            But if you do buy the marine wire, you may also like this...
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            Its a real product, sold everyday. Of course I'm joking in saying you may like it, but my point is sometimes stuff is bought thats not really needed.
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            • #7
              Re: what size speaker wire??????

              Originally posted by ChampionShip View Post
              What he said, but it if you have a heavier guage laying around (18 or so) you can use it- basically you can't really overkill speaker wires (within reason).
              Originally posted by Xesvuli420 View Post
              18ga is actually bigger.
              Bass ackwards. the higher the number, the smaller the wire. INO, 18 gauge or even 20 gauge would be fine.

              Originally posted by ratking20 View Post
              is buying marine speaker wire a waste of money?
              If you boat in salt water and/or the wire will be exposed, marine-grade wire would be a good idea. Otherwise it's not really necessary in this application, IMO. My boat has the original 20 gauge regular speaker wire, and it is in great shape after 23 years except where a previous owner hacked the wiring and didn't seal it properly. I used regular 18 gauge speaker wire when I changed the stereo and added additional speakers, but I used the original wiring (after fixing the hacks) for the new speakers in the original spots.
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              • #8
                Re: what size speaker wire??????

                I used marine grade 16ga wire for my boat/speaker install. Got it from Amazon. Works pefect thus far.

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