Speaker wire question

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Lifer
Jul 11, 2001
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This may sound dumb but I gotta ask. People can spend a lot on speaker wiring, I've seen stuff about that. My ears are so so, 50% attenuation above 3k hz, tinnitus too. I have some old Realistic Nova-16 speakers that haven't been used for a while, want to set up B speakers in kitchen, facing 90 degrees from the front ones, supporting a 4K display/TV. The speakers are probably a lot better looking than they sound - just 8" woofers and a dinky tweeter and a crossover. Last week I repaired the foam surround on one that had gone to hell.

To wire these speakers I have bought an A/B switch to switch between the Realistic

I have an old 100' extension cord that's 2 wires, IOW the plug is the old fashioned kind = |....|, not I....|.

I saved that 100' cord thinking it might be used for speaker wire. Sensible?
 

mikeford

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Jan 27, 2001
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As long as one end doesn't get plugged in the wall, its wire and should work. For small speakers I tend to use a cheap flat wire that is easy to conceal in carpet like 18 gauge zip cord.
 

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Lifer
Jul 11, 2001
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As long as one end doesn't get plugged in the wall, its wire and should work. For small speakers I tend to use a cheap flat wire that is easy to conceal in carpet like 18 gauge zip cord.
This is my kitchen, so floor is linoleum. I already have two-conductor cord going up to the ceiling and then down the opposite wall to support a couple of mega-disc CD players, so I plan to run the B-speaker wire to the left channel right next to that.

The run to the left speaker is going to be about 30 feet. To the Right speaker, a little less, maybe 20 feet.
 

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