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Thicker gauge speaker wire has lower resistance which is a benefit, especially on longer runs where is helps maintain the damping factor in the bass region and prevents your bass from becoming loose and sloppy. Typically with a higher powered amplifier you should be looking at 16Ga for runs under 6 feet, 12 Ga for runs under 20 feet and 10Ga or larger for runs over that. This is a fast and loose rule of thumb that has as many supporters as it does detractors, so YMMV.
The LED levels on your amp are only an approximation at best of the actual power being delivered into a theoretical 8 ohm resistive load (they actualy don't measure the power, they just indicate what the power could be) and they even work with no speakers connected to your amp (do not try this at home kids). The only time they should read equally is with a MONO signal. Music is dynamic and is supposed to be different in both channels.
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flash wrote:Thanks for the info. I hope the 12 gauge holds up being 38 ft long. So far it sounds great! Will the sound degrade after many hours of continuous use, or am i possibly just losing out on better quality sound with the 10 gauge. All i Can say is i am glad i ran pvc conduit in case i ever decide to go with the thicker gauge.
Actually you can run 24 gauge wire on 50 foot runs if you want to and still get sound out of it. If you actually like what you are hearing is another story altogether. Speaker wire size and topology is one of the most hotly debated subjects on this forum along with interconnects and (shudder) power cords! You should read up on past posts on this subject and be prepared to ask more questions later.
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