Speaker Wiring

Discussion in 'Audio Tech' started by Scrambler82, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Here are some questions that have been asked before and I think I have answers I like but wondering what the opinion around is.

    When installing a new aftermarket stereo system, the one you paid all of the money for do you:

    1) Run equal length speaker wires ?

    2) Any gauge wire or is the gauge of the speaker wires dependent on the wattage of the amp and how do you determine the conversion between wattage and gauge of wire ?
    (Is this the same as electric wattage vs amperage vs gauge of wire)?

    Thanks guys, it is always easy to install these things but getting it right is the problem for me.
    I don’t want to install a high end stereo/speakers and find out there is something wrong (that I have no idea about) !
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
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  3. buggman

    buggman Do not touch the trim!

    It depends if you're just upgrading to a new radio or adding amps.

    For a new radio only, adapters and the stock wiring should be fine.

    If I were installing new speakers and an amp, I'd definitely upgrade the wiring. For highs + mids powered by less than 100w I'd use 18ga wire or heavier. For 100w or more I'd go with 14-16ga wire.
    For high wattage subs, I'd use at least 12ga up to 4ga depending on the amps wattage.
    It never hurts to use larger wire than needed, even if its just with stock speakers.. That way you can add an amp later and not need to re-run wires again.

    Unless you have super audiophile hearing, the length of wires shouldn't make a difference in timing.
  4. Freemans 00

    Freemans 00 Active Member

    If your doing new amp, cd player, and a sub then say your amp is a 600 watt right you would have to buy the wiring kit at walmart or so that says it is for a 600 watt system. Now the size of your power wire, speaker and such really doesnt matter, but bigger is always better. But to find the right gauge wire you would do the second thing you listed.

    Id give you the complete formula, but I dont have my books around me at the moment.
  5. OP

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Thanks, helpful.
  6. OP

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    What I have done is buy the suggested wiring kit.
    Not sure of the exact gauge size but will post went I open the kit.

    Also, bought the wiring kit for the power based on the amp output.
  7. Shawn

    Shawn Cranky old man

  8. OP

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Ok on that... Ohm's Law !

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