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    I was looking for alternatives to speaker cable. I work at an electrical product distributor so I have all sorts of cable at my disposal, except speaker cable. We mostly deal with industrial, marine and offshore products. Would a SO (extension cord cable) work good for this? Opinions are greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

    Originally posted by cajunduck View Post
    I was looking for alternatives to speaker cable. I work at an electrical product distributor so I have all sorts of cable at my disposal, except speaker cable. We mostly deal with industrial, marine and offshore products. Would a SO (extension cord cable) work good for this? Opinions are greatly appreciated.
    SO cord will work fine. In wall you can use THHN as well. I wired my Family Room and Master Bedroom for HT using THHN since I had a lot of it and I had the walls open during a remodel anyway.
    “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”

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      Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

      There's no such thing as "speaker cable." It's mere wire. Any that's appropriate gauge will do just fine. I usually use mil spec hookup wire, because the Teflon insulation makes the overall package thin for a given gauge and the silver plate is suitably snobby to shut up wire religionists.
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      "Based on my library and laboratory research, I have concluded, as have others, that the best measures of speaker quality are frequency response and dispersion pattern. I have not found any credible research showing that most of the differences we hear among loudspeakers cannot be explained by examining these two variables." -Alvin Foster, 22 BAS Speaker 2 (May, 1999)

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        Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

        I like the Beldon two conductor with shield and drain wire for in walls. I can use this for LFE to a sub or speakers. The drain wire when grounded eliminates any AC hum. I've also use Cat 5 and Cat 6 twisted pairs for interconnects and hook up for mids and tweeters.
        John H

        Synergy Horn, SLS-85, BMR-3L, Mini-TL, BR-2, Titan OB, B452, Udique, Vultus, Latus1, Seriatim, Aperivox,Pencil Tower

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          Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

          What size for swope towers?

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            Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

            Originally posted by cajunduck View Post
            What size for swope towers?
            http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/spe...rassistant.swf
            “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”

            If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally ASTOUND ourselves - Thomas A. Edison

            Some people collect stamps, Imelda Marcos collected shoes. I collect speakers.:D

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              Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

              10 gauge "speaker" wire from MCM has never done me wrong...
              Its not technically an alternative as its sold as such, but for the price, you can do no wrong. (56$ for 50 feet)
              http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/24-1140

              I use the same, but cant seem to upload a pic today... PE forums acting up?

              regards,
              asmd.

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                Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

                Originally posted by asmd View Post
                10 gauge "speaker" wire from MCM has never done me wrong...
                Its not technically an alternative as its sold as such, but for the price, you can do no wrong. (56$ for 50 feet)
                http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/24-1140

                I use the same, but cant seem to upload a pic today... PE forums acting up?

                regards,
                asmd.
                You really don't need something that large a gauge until you need a 200 ft or longer run.
                “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”

                If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally ASTOUND ourselves - Thomas A. Edison

                Some people collect stamps, Imelda Marcos collected shoes. I collect speakers.:D

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                  Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

                  cajunduck: I go for a voltage drop of less than 2%
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                    Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

                    Originally posted by thekorvers View Post
                    You really don't need something that large a gauge until you need a 200 ft or longer run.
                    you're absolutely right, but for the price... i couldn't say no, and it complemented my cocobolo cable elevators off my anti static zapped carpet. (kidding... :P)

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                      Re: Alternatives to speaker cable?

                      16/2 sjo it is

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