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    I had a buddy over this evening and I was wiring up some speakers and he called me "old school" because I was using black and red jacketed speaker wire.
    So my question is, how many of us here are old school? What wire are you using?
    Check out the poll below.
    17
    Red/Black Jacket
    17.65%
    3
    White/Black
    0%
    0
    Clear w/Polarity Marking
    41.18%
    7
    Other
    41.18%
    7

  • #2
    OTHER: I use relatively inexpensive in-wall wire (Monoprice or something similar at Parts Express or Amazon) and make DIY cables with Techflex and banana plugs.

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    • #3
      I use twisted pair in a jacket, meant for in-wall use.That's because I have spools of it Although the wires inside the jacket are red and black. The 10 AWG run to the woofers is clear zipcord.
      Last edited by fpitas; 10-12-2021, 10:00 AM.
      Francis

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AcidWash View Post
        I had a buddy over this evening and I was wiring up some speakers and he called me "old school" because I was using black and red jacketed speaker wire.
        So my question is, how many of us here are old school? What wire are you using?
        Check out the poll below.
        Out of curiosity. What is the "modern" wire to use, according to your buddy?
        Francis

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        • billfitzmaurice
          billfitzmaurice commented
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          Probably Monster or Kimber or something similar that's near and dear to the Ghost of P.T. Barnum.

        • fpitas
          fpitas commented
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          In their (partial) defense, Monster actually used to put an RF termination on the speaker end of their wires. They probably quit doing that since it's not snake-oily enough.

      • #5
        Other... whatever I have around. Last purchase was from the hardware low voltage 14ga that was intended for landscape lighting I believe, all black with polarity marking and quite flexible.
        Electronics engineer, woofer enthusiast, and musician.
        Wogg Music
        Published projects: PPA100 Bass Guitar Amp, ISO El-Cheapo Sub, Indy 8 2.1 powered sub, MicroSat, SuperNova Minimus

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        • #6
          OTHER: I use whatever is available at the time.

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          • #7
            Zip cord. It works as well as anything, better than high priced exotics that have high inductance and capacitance.
            www.billfitzmaurice.com
            www.billfitzmaurice.info/forum

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            • #8
              I'm using clear w/polarity marking because I'm both hip and progressive...and because it's what they had at whatever store I was at when I remembered I'd ran out of scrap wire at home to harvest.
              My first 2way build

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              • #9
                Other, kind of. 14ga direct burial Southwire from Menards. Red and black jacket but covered by a yellow outer jacket.

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                • #10
                  Nobody uses white/black? Sounds an easy way to be a rebel
                  Francis

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                  • #11
                    ^

                    It depends upon which one you see as more positive than the other.

                    Then somebody is raciss

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                    • djg
                      djg commented
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                      Red is positive.

                    • Steve Lee
                      Steve Lee commented
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                      I agree that Red is a good color for this.

                  • #12
                    Antique (37 year-old at least) 10 or 12 gauge Monster Cable on close-out from Home Despot when I moved into my house! It's clear with trace to the mains. K-mart's finest 16 gauge brown extension cord war(sic) to the Dolby speakers 'cause it was the cheapest war(sic) I could buy in 16 foot lengths. An' Big Lot's green 14 gauge three conductor war(sic) in 25 foot cords to the bedroom 'cuz it was the cheapest war(sic) I could buy! I didn't even peel the jacket off the three conductor. Is there a market for extension cord plugs and recepts??? They've got pigtails!

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                    • #13
                      OH! The horror!

                      People actually using fat/thick cable!!

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by Whitneyville1 View Post
                        Antique (37 year-old at least) 10 or 12 gauge Monster Cable
                        That Monster may be 14 or even 16 gauge. They were outed long ago for using thick insulation that gave the appearance of a larger gauge wire than actual. http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm
                        www.billfitzmaurice.com
                        www.billfitzmaurice.info/forum

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                        • fpitas
                          fpitas commented
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                          Sure, but that extra thick insulation protected it from the horrible effects of bad dielectrics like rugs or plastic items. Luckily, these days we have cable supports ;)
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