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    Using lamp cord as speaker wire?

    I was looking around for some cheap yet reliable options for speaker wire and thought about the stuff that connects your lamp to the wall- It's think and insulated and cheap...

    how good is this stuff? would you reccomend it?

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    Good speaker wire is the oxygen free stuff. If you are looking for cheap, buy speaker wire in the auto department of Wal Mart.
    It is fine braded (lamp cord is coarse braded), and will sound good.

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    how much should i expect to pay for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T & T
    Good speaker wire is the oxygen free stuff. .

    I can hear the difference between mp3, cd and vinyl, I cant tell oxygen free wire over standard wire.

    UHF satellite feeds costing mega bucks use standard copper.

    No audio system uses oxy free on the inside, no PCB copper plate is oxy free, as far as audio is concerned oxy free is best for audio (companies profits)


    Cables made of a single thick strand dont sound the same as cables made of lots of little strands. But I dont know why, and I cant really hear it.

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    So are you saying that lamp cord is a good choice or a bad one? how about using the cables that are already in my car?

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    Go to a Car store and buy speaker wire. I am using Oxy free 12awg wire to feed my subs. I figure, since I spent X amount of money on them, I'm not going to feed them ****. Go buy descent wire, and no dont use lamp wire.
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    ok thanks for that info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lez
    No audio system uses oxy free on the inside, no PCB copper plate is oxy free, as far as audio is concerned oxy free is best for audio (companies profits)
    I think you missed my point. I was refering to the cheap stuff you buy at WAL MART!!!! The stuff that psykopyro posted will work, but that isn't exactly what I was refering to. A 50' spool of 16ga was under $10.

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    YMMV. Try it out on your home stereo first. If you can't hear the difference, why pay the premium?
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