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If you're looking to upgrade your home audio system, you might be surprised by just how important your speaker wire choices are... Dollar Shave Club link: http://dollarshaveclub.com/linus Follow: http://twitter.com/luke_lafr Join the community: http://linustechtips.com License for image used in this video: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode
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Abdelkader Elbachir (5 days ago)
nope too much work I'm happy with my LG soundbar
Robert Anderson (12 days ago)
Why more gauge for front speakers then rear?
Bill MacKinnon (12 days ago)
This advice is for people that buy home theater in a box but not for anyone that spent over 5,000 on a stereo system. Better wires are not snake oil, they improve the sound if your stereo system is a good one, if it's a cheap system then better wires will not be much improvement if at all, not because of the wires, but because your cheap stereo can't be helped by spending money on it. You can't win a race in a V.W. beetle because you put racing tires on it, it might even slow it down some. Some day, when you save up a bunch of money for a real Hi-Fi system, then you will be able to improve your sound a lot with better cables. Cables are simply a part of the system, they need to match in quality to be worth it.
My Name (17 days ago)
Plain easy wire calculator .... https://speakerwiregauge.com/
My Name (13 days ago)
+2fast If you are concerned about current carrying capacity here's a list of standard AWG wires, their resistances and current limits. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Tables/wirega.html
2fast (13 days ago)
better than this video XD, whole 4:50 min in few seconds. but i think they should add wattage to calculator not to owerwhelm wires. liked your comment by far most helpful
david wilson (17 days ago)
As an engineer with a specialty in wave propagation....this video is totally full of shit. FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF SEEING IN THIS WORTHLESS EXCUSE FOR GENERATING HITS.
Tube audio (23 days ago)
You sure, you can grade them by ohm
Lloyd Stout (1 month ago)
Disappointed with this video not for high performance amp and speakers. This guy Home Theater must have cost all of 2 grand... if that!
Shnick (1 month ago)
So yeah. 16 ga for everything. Got it.
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Has he tried premium speaker cables or just regurgitating what he's heard others say? And I've never heard of speaker cables that were not insulated. Sorry but lack of tech knowledge and experience here.
Bruce Morgen (2 months ago)
The truth, told many years ago by a retired McIntosh design engineer, remains true: http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm
64fairlane359 (3 months ago)
99,99% BS but one thing is correct; the comparation to a waterpipe. (1:10) Speakerwires has been done totally wrong since the beginning of audio. Thinner wires might not burn or melt but they will restrict the amp`s dynamic power. Stranded wires should not be used anywhere near(!) to a system. calcutations might tell that the resistance is the same as in a equivalent solid conductor but don`t be fooled. Look at the waterpipe and think. not only will the thinner conductors restrict dynamics, there will also be interference. Where to begin? 12awg solid for smaller systems. Fun begins at 9awg
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Finally someone who knows what he's talking about. Stranded wires are only for convenience. They smear the sound. Solid core sounds better.
Theo W (3 months ago)
Your fucked
Paolo Marra-Biggs (4 months ago)
Can you talk about plugging 4 conductor wires into a house amp, that only takes red and black?
Mike Speed (4 months ago)
Just play your damn music and enjoy it...
Curtis Howard (5 months ago)
Impedance, capacitance, skinning effect, dielectric effect and propagation rate. It's called 'Physics'.
Robert Ritchie (5 months ago)
so much so so wrong in this video. Spend the money on good cables because this guy knows jack all. use 150/33 Litz wire this is 12 AWG I think!!! at a length of no more than 16 feet. Get the Gold plated Stirling silver connectors. You will be amazed by your new found top end.
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Tom McCaffrey (5 months ago)
Hey LTT team, when/where is the As Fast As Possible on what you guys are furiously button-pressing in your videos every few seconds? Teleprompter scroller? Remote Pez dispenser for an intern flipping manual prompter cards?
1991 2.0si (5 months ago)
All of u whining about him not using the metric system, click a few more buttons and do the conversion u fat lazy ....
CosmosHFA88 Savant (5 months ago)
wire only as good as the source,,,,
CosmosHFA88 Savant (5 months ago)
using a crap amp..u will hear 0 difference with speaker wire,,,,,
David Cleland (6 months ago)
Wait Im pausing this because your are wrong about speakers being 6 to 8 ohms on average its 4 to 8 damit
Aunt Bell (6 months ago)
My disposable income is very low, so I am trying to work with what I have. I have a stereo with pin connection speakers to the back of the radio. I have a 24" Phillips HDTV with LED LCD (2 HDMI, Dolby Audio, Component L/R Audio, Y/Video, Pb, Pr, Optical Digital Audio Out, & Antenna In). I also have one large 32" Tube TV with few connections (nice for when I want to view on a larger screen, but would sell it in a heartbeat too, if I could), one DVR/DVD player (was amazing pre-digital television stations), and one DVD player. What I would like is to be able to purchase a relatively low cost (less than $75, but no more than $100) receiver/system to get better sound from my Phillips TV, as well as play my stereo when desired. I don't need surround sound, just a basic way to hook everything up so I can use the speakers I already have for more than one device. What can you do/suggest for someone like me?
Angelo Dimitriadis (6 months ago)
So, if your system isn’t up to the task of high resolution.......this video is correct. It won’t matter so much what wires you use. But, if you the best of whatever you have, you will indeed hear differences in wire no matter who makes it. It will vary in minor details of the soundstage, frequency response, margining, etc. if you don’t know of what I speak, fear not....as you are simply not there yet to know better.
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Finally people who know what they're talking about.
Dave Jones (8 months ago)
Dineshsinh Puwar (10 months ago)
6 ohms then I use 16 gauge
senal weerasekara (10 months ago)
6ohms speakers , 25w , maximum cable length is 1.5Meters..... so 16 gauge is more than enough??? and is it always thicker the better???
Camdex (10 months ago)
Use banana plugs where you can and minimum 16ga wire.
GI D (10 months ago)
This is misinformation, sorry. Anything thinner than 16G is too thin. Plus 16G is very inexpensive. 22G for the front speakers, are you kidding me??? Phone wire is 24G, for Pete's sake...
Wolf Gordon (11 months ago)
wow learned more about the shaving then anything else thumbs down lol
Peter Gogola (11 months ago)
4 - 8 ohms, but ok ☺
Pratik Parajuli (11 months ago)
I bought a NHT 3 way bookshelf speaker, what wires should I have to properly connect this to a tv or laptop?
Suzy Siviter (11 months ago)
I certify this video snake oil free, good advice for beginners! PS: you determine cable guage based on the power capability of your Amplifier..just one small point missed.
Carl Capps (11 months ago)
RazorStrap (11 months ago)
Most of the length/gauge spec you gave are for copper wire.  Most of the speaker wire in the consumer market is CCA (copper clad aluminum) which requires 2 gauges larger for the same length. Examples: 18 gauge copper or 16 gauge CCA; up to 32 feet 16 gauge copper or 14 gauge CCA; up to 48 feet The general rule is to keep the wire impedance (each conductor) less that 2.5% of the speaker impedance (5% total for both conductors).
Tony Gonzalez (11 months ago)
There is a lot of snake oil in the audio world but I've learned through testing that cable quality does make a difference. I bought into the "snake oil" and got a great deal on some speaker cables that had an MSRP of $1300. There was a night and day difference in the quality of the sound when comparing to my previous cables which I nabbed for around $100. This goes for analog cables in general. I recently picked up a Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC (MSRP $1250) and tested it against my friend's Schiit Bifrost (MSRP $399) and my friends cheaper DAC from the same company sounded better for some reason. It ended up being that my interconnects (RCA cables) were the cause. We put an identical set of interconnects on my DAC and, BOOM, they instantly sounded better and my DAC was now the clear winner in sound quality. It should be noted that my stereo setup cost was in the ballpark of $9k and is more revealing of lower quality components in the chain than a cheaper setup would be. That said, analog cables (speaker wire and interconnects) ABSOLUTELY make a noticeable difference if you have a decent stereo system. I love you Luke but you're kinda full of Schiit on this topic. "High End" digital (USB, HDMI, SPDIF) on the other hand is definitely snake oil aside from basic shielding and certain long-run applications where active cables are needed.
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Tony you are right concerning analog cables but I would urge you to try a higher end digital cable before you decide it makes no difference.
Hasan Ali Raz (1 year ago)
I have panasonic bi wire speakers with imp of 8 ohm and 2.7 ohm..how to use these speakers and connect them to my system..pls explain
Philip Webb (1 year ago)
You are saying"impedance" when much of the time you mean "resistance.". Voice coils have resistance and also impedance. Impedance changes with frequency.
betaomega04 (1 year ago)
You would have to spend considerably more on your other audio components in order to hear a perceptible difference with more expensive wires.
Dale Romney (1 year ago)
What the hell? All this is, is a commercial for dollar shave club. No video at all.
Billy Bob (1 year ago)
Not true that only high end speakers have impedance of 4 ohms, any speaker can be 4 ohms, and there have been high end speakers at 16 ohms. It make your mistake worse, that impedance can be frequency dependent, with some speakers dropping to less than one ohm at certain frequencies.
Jacob Hotaling (1 year ago)
lol 14/2 or 12/2 wire works well
orange70383 (1 year ago)
The best possible wire is .999 fine silver that is shielded, and connections that are soldered with 24k gold.
Drone Video Daily (1 year ago)
Good info but sucks that all big youtubers are just advertisers.
rean addy (1 year ago)
i keep coming back to this video, there is sooo much wrong with everything its laughable.
André Marshall (1 year ago)
What a load bullshit. 🙄😂🤣
Bill Ridge (1 year ago)
Most house speakers and amplifiers unless specifically States in your manual that will go to a 2 ohm load a general rule they go from 4 Ohms up to 16 however 8 is the standard never under any circumstances well unless you just have a crappy amp that you want to play with and you don't care if it gets blown up do not mix the Ohms if you have two sets of 16 ohms that drops your amp 2 8 if you put 2 8 ohms it drops it down to 4 so what happens if you mix and 8 ohm set with a 4 ohm set and you Crank It Up your relay pops and your making a trip to the shop to a get that one fixed or beat by another one how would I know this well I had a friend of mine that happened to he had a receiver that would handle two pair of speakers he put his on a and borrowed a friend's and put them on be not thinking that his were 8 ohm and his friend had 4 ohms it worked fine until he gave it some volume oops is real a snap and his amplifier went to the shop he called me and asked me what happened I asked him what he did he said I just took two sets of speakers to my amplifier I asked him was a both the same ohms he didn't know I asked him what happened when he turned it up he said my relay snapped and it ain't came back on since I went to his house examined his setup and I told him your amplifier hates you he said why I told him yours was 8 your second set was 4 oops you just dropped your amplifier down to 2 ohms or less they don't like that needless to say that was an expensive lesson for him
Stig Cruise (1 year ago)
So what's the difference between speaker wire and wire you would buy at the auto parts store in a big spool or household wire if you bought it in bulk? . Is it cheaper? I know it's a little more flexible.
John Hooper (1 year ago)
The longer, the thicker. The less ohms the thicker :-)
Bret Hudgens (1 year ago)
Did this guy just recommend 22 gauge speaker wire for your fronts? now I have to dislike this video.
rajesh m (1 year ago)
Which wire should I use for sony dav dz350 home theatre system?? What gauge?? Having 20ft × 10ft room
Kevin Spengel (1 year ago)
Great info!! Thank you!
stereopolice (1 year ago)
3:06 don't try this at home.
Impedance isn't just resistance to current, it defines the circuits reactance too. Which is just as important with AC.
StringerNews1 (1 year ago)
My favorite quick pick is regular in-wall house wiring, solid not stranded. The solid conductors actually are better than stranded for sound, and have been tested by Stereophile (long before Internet, sorry) and did well. The only drawback is that they're hard to get into place, but once in-place they stay put! Available at any hardware or home improvement store (or abandoned house) for cheap.
Mark Weaver (2 months ago)
Absolutely right. I use solid core hardware store wire for interconnects and speakers. Higher quality wire might sound better but I don't have the $.
almansour Yusef (1 year ago)
although it not might the right place to ask this question. My pioneer home theater system xv-dv777 shutdown whenever volume increased above 75 % i wonder why ?
TZK Beats (1 year ago)
One thing here tho... The banana plugs can actually cause problems (rearly... Veeery rearly if not connected properly to the wire or if they are not grood quality) they are made for easily switching bewteen speakers and amps not for better connection so I do believe you are better of using just the wire (why spend the extra money?)
Rob Chapman (1 year ago)
You mentioned the "Snake Oil" aspect of things. While I am not going to say that there is no such thing I will tell you that as you learn more about how this stuff works you will find out that there is a lot more substance to things than you might think. Different kinds of metals have different levels of resistance for example. Also even in say copper, there are varying grades. In short better wire under the right conditions can matter. What conditions? Well, you need to have a system that can reproduce the level of sonic you are actually trying to achieve for 1. Secondly, even then you still need source material that will reproduce said differences. Most folks don't have neither the equipment nor the source material to notice. In the case of source material deficiencies... Let's use an MP3 music file as an example even if you have the most amazing speakers and open sounding power amp you will never hear any benefit from your expenditures. You could have bought much cheaper equipment and got the very same result. If you want to be able to hear what it sounds like to plug your speakers in with 50' 22 guage aluminum core wire so you can determine if it actually does make a difference you will need to have all of the rest of your equipment upgraded too including making sure that you even chose the right balanced cables as in that case if they create too much capacitance you are limiting the performance of your system. This is an example of a cable type difference and not a quality thing as even high-end balanced cable manufacturers make both types and sell them for different purposed usages.
David Preston (1 year ago)
This person has no idea what he's talking about .
Mike Day (1 year ago)
Pure copper wire has less resistance than copper covered aluminum. Get pure copper wire at least 14 gauge thick.
Rob Knapp (1 year ago)
Insulation does nothing to prevent electromagnetic interference. Shielding does. Shielding is accomplished with either a steel (NOT COPPER) braid or foil that sheathes a wire's insulation, or an additional steel wire that's been twisted around the insulation of both speaker wires and then connected ground at the same end that connects to your amp and left unterminated at the speaker end. Insulation and shielding are two separate concepts. Cables with a copper braided shield will actually increase signal ingress instead of shielding against it. This is why old antenna coaxial cable has a copper braid and is not suitable for cable television use. When calculating impedance the number of strands in a braided wire also matters. Smaller strands offer lower impedance assuming wire gauge remains the same.
Augur Cybernaut (1 year ago)
Wapn Perfo (1 year ago)
22 gauge! hahaha... for the love of everything do not buy 22 gauage. And sorry... but you are so wrong. Prove it to yourselves. High strandcount, quality wire, does sound better. Left / Right the speakers or A / B the speakers to prove it on a good amplifier. It makes a surprisingly big difference.
BP (1 year ago)
weak. stupid. sucky. wikipedia would have been better.
Bob Nixon (1 year ago)
There is no significant impedance (AC inductive reactance /capacitive reaction) in the audio frequency spectrum. Resistance is the ONLY thing you need worry about. Even EMI has no significance in this LOW voltage/LOW impedance system These two obviously have -0- electronic training rather just a couple of rather stupid snake oil salesman.
Brent B (1 year ago)
A lot of speaker wire is not pure copper now, but some kind of copper-plated aluminum amalgam which is cheaper and not as good. Are your gage recommendations based on pure copper wire?
Eric Jones (1 year ago)
I can't believe this guy actually recommended 20 awg wire. You might as well hook up your speakers with a telephone cord. Just make sure the wire you are using is 100% oxygen free(ofc) with a thickness of 12 to 14awg.
ekim andersom (1 year ago)
Just copper and enough diameter, no brand stuff wil do. Nobody will hear any difference between expensive or cheap anyway.
Officially Isaiah (1 year ago)
I have 2 subwoofers, they are both 4 ohms, will 12 gauge wire work and how long should I make it? Nice video
Tom Risar (1 year ago)
I won't listen to this video, but for sure go buy wire that is priced as expensive as possible, if it cost less than 5000.00$ it's garbage. A good rule of thumb is 10 x monthly income.
The Juke Joint (1 year ago)
The resistance of wire is directly proportional to length and inversely proportional to diameter. Silver has the best conductivity with copper a close second. Using silver isn’t practical so copper wire is the best way to go with good connectors. Everything else is minute.
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George W (1 year ago)
I've always used monster cable myself.
Just.Observer (1 year ago)
Very disappointed! If I see your face again I’ll make sure, I will never click again. Dude, you sound like a second hand car salesman. Very vague and too fast.
Speaker Builder (1 year ago)
The real problem with speaker wire is the challenge of efficiently carrying the full frequency band. My extensive A-B testing of a variety of speaker cable revealed that some wire carried the low frequencies well but did poorly in the high frequencies. Conversely, other speaker cable carried the high frequencies well but did poorly in the low frequencies. So any speaker wire choice involves a compromise between these two extremes. I found that for low frequencies, very large (10-12 awg) OFC wire worked best, and for high frequencies, Audioquest FT-4 wire worked best. I also found the Supra speaker cable offered the best compromise. I'm sure there are lots of other choices that offer as good or better a balance. See my video, "Speaker Wire", for all the details. I don't endorse any company, and I am not making any money from my webpage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7XTnyhNZS4
Marxone (1 year ago)
So quick that i am leaving more baffled than before the video.
Steadfast Whiplash (1 year ago)
I love how one of the tags is "snake oil"
Micah N. (1 year ago)
Don’t forget the fact that it has to be copper. PURE copper. That is very important
Micah N. (1 year ago)
You do not have to spend tons of money on cables though. Just make sure they are thick enough, long enough (both of those things he said) and are copper (which he didn’t say)
Gabriel Vieira (1 year ago)
And what happens to i put my 2 ohm speaker to my 16 ohm ampllifier?
Hawkfum O'Dee (1 year ago)
If your really skint and using free with equipment bell wire buy some solid core 5 amp from B&Q or wherever, only drawback at the cost is its inflexibility. Note Julian's observation about polarity, red to red and black to black when connecting. Only a good idea if you have a decent set of binding posts both ends, don't try this with the nasty sprung spring terminals or they will break.
Jack Ridge (1 year ago)
The talker has never touched weights in his life. lol Dude, do some curls and get rid of that chick arms.
Michael Hohlfeld (1 year ago)
I've never seen nor heard of anyone shoving cable into a banana clip port... the image the editor chose right before Luke mentioned banana clips is the wrong scenario for connecting. Back the screw mechanism off 1/4" / 1cm to expose a hole through the axis of where said banana clip would be connected. I'm there for you guys :)
Matthew Smith (1 year ago)
Wow, he really doesn't know what he's talking about, does he?
Mr. Tex (1 year ago)
Video tip: say 10 feet and write on screen the same value in meeters.
TheManLab7 (1 year ago)
Fuck sake 😂 This bloke is talking shit! This is the reason why you DON’T take things as gospel on YouTube or anywhere else. Depending on the type of speakers 🔊 you have which come in 4, 6, 8, and sometimes even 16ohms has nothing to do with the speaker wire. It’s to do with the rating of the cabinet/speaker enclosure. It’s no different to the wiring in your house. The larger the load, the thick the cable needs to be and if it’s far away the same applies.
Jason Jackson (1 year ago)
What about single cristal, cryogenic, direction, 9n hybrid cables? Oh, btw, that brings me to one of those sayings that also annoy me "You get what you pay for". Yeah? Ok then......Few! Got that one off my chest.
Aubin Moraes (1 year ago)
Well Luke should explain it in terms of resistance, resistivity and more physics. And also using physics formulae.
kinzer69 (1 year ago)
Car audio is different. I have 8g with subs @ .5 Ohms
stikupartist 3 (1 year ago)
I only use 12awg.
BertyFromDK (1 year ago)
I am *VERY* disappointed that he didn't even mention the importance of Damping Factor, which is the ratio between the amplifier's output impedance and the speakers' own impedance - ideally the former should be zero, and the latter infinite - in any case, the damping factor determines how well a speaker responds to sudden changes, especially in the low frequency range. Imagine a single pulse being sent to the speaker; a good D.F. will ensure that the speaker only does a single excursion before coming to rest again, whereas a bad D.F. can, and often will, result in the speaker doing several excursions from the neutral position.
Shanay (1 year ago)
I have just finished setting up my new home theatre and the first thing I see on YouTube recommendation is this video,how is this possible. I think Google is spying on its user otherwise how do they know that what I was doing for the past two days. Or it's just a coincidence but i don't believe in coincidence and accidents.i think everything happen in the universe has reason and logic behind it.
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Regular Guy Audio (1 year ago)
Good mention of snake oil. Like the video.
EL EVO (1 year ago)
Now, I'm really confused 😕 What kind of wire would i need for a wireless set up? 😛
Dog (11 months ago)
power cables :P
Mr Vin (1 year ago)
YoYO Semite (1 year ago)
WTF, why not use solid romex to run inside walls to rear speakers?
William Hollister (1 year ago)
16 gauge... 22 GAUGE? You're telling people to use THREADS! You also neglected to mention matching wire size to POWER. You should NEVER hook up a high current amp with say 200+ watts to some thread thin little 22 GAUGE WIRE, that would be insane. I'm running a Parasound amp with 275 watts per channel, and I have 8 GUAGE wire, DOUBLE, because I'm biamping the front L/R/C. You people making these videos as if you were giving out good advice are a joke. You spent more time on your fucking COMMERCIAL than you did wire info, which was all pretty much BS anyway.
Macarong (1 year ago)
I wish that I am unable to hear the difference between good and bad sounding speaker cables so I could sell mine and buy the cheap cables. Unfortunately my gears caused me to hear the crappy sound if I use crappy speaker cables. Maybe in the future I will downgrade my gears so I won't hear the difference but accept the crappy sound.
technics68 (1 year ago)
can you run speaker wire next to electrical wire without sound issues ?
Sound Zone (1 year ago)
Hello! sir... i have my "300 watt amp with "4ohms"-"8ohms in "single line:"" ...so for that "amp" what type of " passive speaker i can use with my amp for best result .... it will "200"- "200" watt pair ' speaker ..or "120-120 watt" or some else ??? plzzz clear me. tnk u :)
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
I don't need to buy a speaker wire as fast as possible....

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