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Extending speaker cable for vinyl player and amplifier.

Postby megxykaly » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:18 pm

Hey, I'm looking to extend the cable on my Sony SS-210A vintage speakers so I can mount them on the wall. Instead of soldering, I thought it would be more cost efficient to use a crimping tool and crimp connectors for this. I ended up ordering a 18AWG cable as this was apparently the standard for most home speakers however now I have received the cable it looks a lot thicker then the original speaker cable. I just want to know if it would still be okay to use this cable despite the thickness if not what type of cable would I need?

Speaker type: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Sony ... SwXE5fw~6f

Amp type: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=htt ... kDegQIARA5
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Re: Extending speaker cable for vinyl player and amplifier.

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:36 pm

The thicker the cable, the lower its resistance per metre, which is a very good thing when you're running longer lines.

So the new cable will be fine.

Ideally, though, it would be worth replacing the speaker's existing thin and nasty cable with the new thicker one, but that will involve partly dismantling the speaker and possibly having to unsolder the old cables and solder on the new ones.
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Re: Extending speaker cable for vinyl player and amplifier.

Postby James Perrett » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:13 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Ideally, though, it would be worth replacing the speaker's existing thin and nasty cable with the new thicker one, but that will involve partly dismantling the speaker and possibly having to unsolder the old cables and solder on the new ones.

A halfway house solution would be to make the crimp joint close to the speakers so that you could eliminate most of the thin cable from the system. The short length of thin cable remaining would have less of an effect.
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