Generally speaking, resistance starts to have an effect on the performance of a speaker when resistance is greater than 5% of the speaker’s impedance. The thicker a wire or the lower the gauge, the less resistance. It is therefore a combination between speaker impedance, length and gauge that affects the resistance.
Thereof, what makes a good speaker cable?
Thick wire (12 or 14 gauge) is recommended for long wire runs, high power applications, and low-impedance speakers (4 or 6 ohms). For relatively short runs (less than 50 feet) to 8 ohm speakers, 16 gauge wire will usually do just fine. It’s cost-effective and easy to work with.
Beside above, does expensive speaker wire make a difference? If you have a modest system, investing in expensive cables may not be the best way to spend your money. Cables make a difference, but it’s a smaller difference than upgrading speakers, electronics, or turntable systems. The Cable Company also has a headphone lending library, for headphones that sell for more than $600.
Moreover, does speaker wire gauge affect volume?
Distinguished. If you aren’t putting a lot of power to your speakers thicker wire won’t really do anything unless what you’re using is tiny. It takes a lot of power to get even a small increase in volume.
How much should I spend on speaker cables?
$250 would buy you a good decent cable that should do well in your system. The rule of thumb is to spend about 10%-15% the total cost of your system on cables(which include speaker cable and interconnects).