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    Arrow Using Cat-5 as Speaker Wiring ??

    Hi, i hav hearda romour :
    that its posible 2 use cat-5 utp cable to run your speakers from the amp !
    ive got 2 competition 12" Lanzar subs ,
    havnt got any cables as yet .
    would it be beter 2 go the conventional speaker wire way , or does UTP hav any advantages ?
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    I don't think cat-5 is heavy enough or should I say, able to handle the current needed by the speakers.. Go for the speaker cable..

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    cat-5 works great, its what I used. just double up the wires. And it cuts out high frequency whines since its twisted. I used it on my home stereo, and I noticed a huge inprovement. Oh, and I've even heard of Audiophiles using it in home built systems.
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    Fine, you win, I wouldn't know...

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    well , just tell me , the 2 12" im running r 450W RMS each , how should i set up the Cat-5 cabling ?
    i can get quite a bit of cat5...
    should i run double pair 2 each sub , or will 1 do (if this makes sense)

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    If its 2 loud ur Old ,;-)

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    CAT5 UTP for speaker wire? OUCH.

    Bigger _IS_ better in this case (to a limit). The thinner (larger gague) the wire is, the greater the resistance, thus the greater the loss of signal strength.

    Go buy some decent 12-16 gague speaker wire! Especially if you are pushing 400+ W RMS !!
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    yeah, I only have two old 8"s on an old amp.
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    speaker wire is cheap... why would you want to use CAT5 for that?? I wanted to use cat5 for my line outputs from my head unit to the amps... running 3 sets of RCA's does not look pretty (front, rear, subwoofer)
    has anyone tried this ?

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    I'm totally with James B here. I don't think CAT5 would be able to handle the current. Especially 450 watts! Regular speaker wire works just fine.
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    i use cat5 for line out from my hu to my amp. works like a charm and is much nicer than 4 rcas. i did wrap it in foil. i will soon replace it with stp.
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