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NTE Stranded 18 AWG Hook-Up Wire Red 25 ft.
Can I use this wire in my crossover networks ?
I am using the NTE Stranded 18 AWG Hook-Up Wire Red 25 ft. Is this tin coated stranded wire ok for use in my crossover networks? I am using the red and black where needed.
I don't see why not. 18 AWG wire should stand up to the high power needs of speakers. The main thing to consider is the quality of parts in the crossover. If you are using standard quality parts (ex: electrolytic caps, 18 or 20 AWG air core inductors) then I wouldn't hesitate to use this wire.If you have spent hundreds on extreme quality parts for the crossover, then I might use some better wire such as pure silver or something, but as an audio realist, I don't see any downside to using 18 AWG stranded wire. I happen to personally like the NTE brand also.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Using this in Crossover Builds?
I wanted a Larger Gauge wire with high silver content to use in my crossover networks between Capacitors, resistors, and inductors. I did see you had a 14 gauge wire, but the reviews werent very good. Anyone have a 14 or 12 gauge wire, Black and Red? that I can use other than this 18 gauge?
There is a lot of nonsense about wire going on. The most important factor is using the right gauge and using stranded copper. (The reason in speaker runs is that the longer the run there is signal loss due to change in impedance.) For a high end crossover, use silver solder, large gauge stranded copper wire, and for the tweeter, if a ribbon or planar - you can optionally use silver wire. Similar if you use a planar mid. Mind you the differences are subtle and you must use the best high current capacitors and large gauge inductors as well. Then if your amp/pre-amp and sources aren't very high end - well as they say garbag in / garbage out... Have fun
Date published: 2012-04-20