Audio Speaker Wire

Maximum Wire Lengths for TWO CONDUCTOR Copper Wire


Wire Size
2 ohm load
4 ohm load
6 ohm load
8 ohm load
22 AWG
3 feet max
6 feet max
9 feet max
12 feet max
20 AWG
5 feet max
10 feet max
15 feet max
20 feet max
18 AWG
8 feet max
15 feet max
23 feet max
30 feet max
16 AWG
12 feet max
25 feet max
37 feet max
50 feet max
14 AWG
20 feet max
40 feet max
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12 AWG
31 feet max
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10 AWG
50 feet max
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The kind of wire makes no difference! Yes that's right the kind (make) makes no difference to listening experience. May it be solid, stranded, copper, oxygen free copper, silver etc.. were as long as you follow the above table recommendations. If you want you can install larger AWG wire than recommended above but you will not notice any improvement in sound quality.

Not to get too involved into speaker wire you can use any wire you want, but for practical purposes there is no difference. As many large audio manufactures have started to enter the speaker wire market the wire they make is solely for big $$, and prestige. There is actually no difference between oxygen free or regular copper and all the rest. I've tested it myself! Honestly don't believe me try it out for yourself, I've showed some people and they were just honestly amazed at the conclusion.