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PostPosted: 25 Jan 2013, 12:15 
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I've read that winding 4-(x) gauge strands together is the equavilent to (x) gauge. It looks like the diameter is NOT multiplied by 4. Why is that? Is pi a factor? My speakers are rated at 95 db sensitivity. What AWG equivalent is appropriate or not overkill?

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PostPosted: 25 Jan 2013, 22:02 
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That was poorly written. Let me try again. In the 1st paragraph of Low-Inductance DIY Hi-Fi Speaker Cables a sentence reads:  "The speaker cables use 16AWG strnaded (sic) copper wire, a total of 4 x 16AWG wires for each speaker cable conductor which give an equivalent AWG of 10".  What is the math for determining 4 x 16AWG = 10AWG?  I'd like to build DIY speaker cables but don't think the final AWG should to be 10AWG.  NO?

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PostPosted: 25 Jan 2013, 23:30 
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Oops. The question has already been answered. It's "area". Sorry for not looking closely.

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2013, 13:08 
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Hi,

With 95dB sensitive speakers 14 or 16AWG will be plenty. You only need a large gauge cable when you need to push a lot of current.

To determine the equivalent wire gauge, go by area as you have suggested. Use this American Wire Gauge (AWG) Cable Conductor Size Chart.

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