I'm going with lampcord speaker wire.

Discussion in 'Home Theater Lounge' started by Ron-P, May 21, 2007.

  1. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    Yep, it's true. Tomorrow I hit Home Depot for 100' of lampcord. I bought two rock speakers for the farther reaches of my back yard and they only came with about 60' of wire, not enough for both. So, I figure I'll use lampcord for now, it's rubber coated so should be semi-water proof.
  2. NathanP

    NathanP Member

    Isn't lamp cord cheaper anyway?
  3. cjd

    cjd New Member

    I don't know, I'd be quite afraid i will make the sound too bright... ;)
  4. Tom R S 4

    Tom R S 4 New Member War Zone Member

    If that's a concern, add a dimmer switch.
  5. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'll use Malibu low-voltage wire, it's weather proof for the most part, but more expensive. Too bad no one sells out-door speaker wire.
  6. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I would perhaps consider something that is designed for outdoor use but I wouldn't spend a ton.
  7. cjd

    cjd New Member

    Go ahead and use any wire designed for running power, as I know you can find that rated for burial. It's good copper and will do the job well. Being out-door specific is more important.

  8. What cjd said.

    Unless you are going to use sealed conduit to run the wire underground/outside, you should use some sort of cable made for industrial/outdoor use. My worry here is not so much with the sound via RockSpeakers but instead with the potential for water causing a short between + and - connections which might not be too good for your amp.

    Let us know what you end up getting and Good Luck.
  9. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt New Member

    That?s what you should use, especially if this is long-term. It?s sunlight resistant and rated for direct burial.

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
  10. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    That's what I just picked up this morning, 100' for $17. It's stranded copper wire so there's no reason it shouldn't work perfectly.
  11. Hi Wayne!
    It is nice to see that our local Houston area electician expert has made his way to the Lounge. Welcome! :)
  12. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt New Member

    Thanks for the kind words, John. :D

  13. I wish I could find 14 gauge white lampcord. 16 gauge is easy to find, but flat 14 gauge white lampcord is hard to find.

    All the Best
  14. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    Well I can say that Malibu low-voltage wire makes for great speaker wire. Got it all hooked up and sounds great.
  15. Chris White

    Chris White New Member

    What "rock" speakers do you have Ron?
  16. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    So do the Malibu's offer up a better soundstage Ron? :mrgreen:
  17. Michael M

    Michael M Active Member

    They should sound great in the winter when the ground freezes and freezes the speaker wire. :twisted:
  18. Eric

    Eric Active Member

    While I'm not the type to argue the merits of cryo-treating the speaker wire. I think if the ground freezes anywhere near Ron, he's going to have much more pressing issues to deal with.
  19. Michael M

    Michael M Active Member

    OK, so maybe he'll have to wait till an ice age comes around..... :lol:
  20. Eric

    Eric Active Member

    Actually, half the state of California will probably break free and sink in to the ocean before the next ice age. Not that I'm being argumentative or anything. :D

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