I want to put longer wires on my stereo system speakers. The speakers say 6
ohm. Longer by about 20 feet each. Will adding longer wire affect the
sound? My stereo is one of those multi CD players that costs about $200.
Figured this was an on topic question, and some genius would have the right
Wow. I never realized that asking a simple electronics question would bring
out the elitist snobs.
This stereo is in a mountain cabin. I guess I should put in a great
expensive system there, huh? So I can turn up the bass and blow my eardrums
out like so many people are doing today. Either that, or destroy the
silence and peace I go there to enjoy.
I worked Consumer Electronics Show a couple of years ago at the Alexis Park
Hotel where they have the expensive home systems. I looked at one, and
asked how much it cost. The salesman said, "$250,000".
I asked what made it so valuable. He looked both ways, and then said, "Oh,
it's not worth that much. It is just that there are some people who are so
stupid that they will pay that much."
Heeeeeeeeeere's yer sign.
Grow up, you friggin moron. Goes for Punch, too.
You should take your own advice also. You have assumed a certain
attitude that wasn't there in the first place.
I used to have a very high-end system that I collected over years and
eventually stopped listening to because I listen to AM talk radio now.
I sold it all on Ebay and bought a cheap DVD entertainment system. So
you see, I am not an elitist. I just have experience with expensive
and cheap systems. I have added long runs of wire to my current system
and it made no difference in the sound. That was my statement to you.
"You\'ve just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you\'ve
hit it." -- Sam Snead
I think the sarcasm is probably generated by the
outrageous advertising about the need for large
size wire for speakers.
The fact is that for the average consumer system
and the average person, any reasonable size wire
(say 16 gauge or larger) is just fine for any
reasonable length of wire (don't know what
reasonable is but certainly 20 feet is
reasonable). Just use ordinary lamp cord (16
gauge) and you will be fine. And yes, if you use
tiny wire you will have fall of some of the
frequencies, but you still would need an expensive
system and a very good ear to tell the difference
or not be able to adjust the system to correct the
frequency fall off.
Thanks, George. What threw me was the 6 ohm rating. In my younger daze
(sic), everything was 8 ohm. These speakers have tiny wires, and I figured
that putting longer smaller wire on there would increase resistance. (I
guess I did stay awake during some of those electronics classes.)
Figuring that this system is marginal performance at best, I just wanted to
know what would be the best way to run the speakers way up the walls of the
cabin to fill it all with sound, but not make a problem that would take a
day of long tall ladders to redo.
Thanks for all who supplied useful pertinent information.
The 6-ohm rating is the resistance of the speaker. Adding resistance to the
circuit by adding wire will change the sound in that you'll have to turn up
the volume slightly to get the same volume out of the speaker. Too small of
a wire will also start to cut out some of the lowest frequencies (as was
already stated), but the added resistance will help your amp run cooler if
that's any consolation.
You may use anything longer than it is wide and made of metal without
affecting the sound. Barbed wire, coathangers, soldered-together razor
blades, model railroad tracks, dog leash, clothesline, Christmas tree
Actually, all copper wire has some
oxygen in it. Just the melting process to
make copper rod (the precursor to wire)
gets O2 in it. The trick is to make
it as low as possible. If O2 levels get
too high in the copper rod, when the
rod is drawn into wire, it will break.
Sarcasm on: And of course, copper
wire with a minimum of O2 will sound
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
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