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    is it okay to run a speaker wire next to 0 gauge power

    title speaks for itself, please help

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    its not the recommended thing to do, but if it doesnt cause any problems then no worries.. if there is really no other option for wiring, give it a shot, if not, time to take out the seats and lift up the carpet.
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    yeah i will try, and will see, for the future though is there any some kind of isolation materials though

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    all I did was run all the power wires on the left side of my car and the speaker wires on the right.. i just ran the front left speaker the extra 3-4 ft behind the dash and no problems

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    If you run your audio next to any power source, even if it is only like 10awg, you have a chance to pick up noise. It might be a whining sound out of the speakers that gets louder as the revs go up, or just a constant humm, or a clicking sound.

    Basically it is up to you, but many will claim it to "not be done correctly". A ground loop isolator can reduce these annoyances, but just like in Big Daddy where he covers all the spills up with newspapers, the mess is still there underneath.
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    i had an issue w/ this ... as its been stated TRY your best to run them away from each other.
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    I keep all my power on the left and everything else on the right.

    Also don't cheap out too much on RCA's. I had a cheap pair from radio shack (don't ask) and the minute I upgraded there was no more noise in my system.
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    in this same vein... has anyone tried using copper mesh to shield wire runs? I happened across some jewelry related sites where copper mesh was made into tubes and used for decorative purposes... but given the right mesh density could you shield your power wire to contain EMI emissions?
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    Speaker wires are higher voltage than signal wires and nowhere near as prone to picking up inducted noise. You could always make the wires long enough to go either way and test it if you're really worried about it.

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    I follow shadow on this one. It doesnt have a chance to amplify any noise if the lines are not headed into an amplifier
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