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Home Cinema Speaker Cable Question

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August 21, 2010 3:15:17 PM

Hello,
My Dad recently bought a Panasonic BT200 home cinema system which i fitted for him. However he also had a set of 4 speakers which he had connected to a satalite reciever with built in amp before and had existing cables in place. I removed the existing speaker but the only thing is that the existing cables are just a generic five core cable which he used two of the five wires. Currently the cables are behind the wallpaper and have left them in place, these cables happen to be even thinner than the already thin cables that came with the system. As he didnt want to remove the originals i cut the new ones down (the were not long enough) which have there own colour coded plugs and soldered them to the existing one. Problem is the system doesnt sound good at all, if anything the speakers sound weak. So would you recommend replacing all the cables with single length speaker cables with the same thickness as the one supplied, would i get away with using 1.0mm 96 strand speaker cable? also what is the best method of joing two wires as i dont think i will be able to remove the cables from the plugs
August 21, 2010 10:44:55 PM

I would say electrical tape.
August 22, 2010 5:50:06 AM

It's probably not the speaker wire, but the Panasonic system, or the old speakers that make it sound weak.
Wire nuts are fine for splicing speaker wires. Twist the ends together and put a nut on.
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August 23, 2010 5:44:24 PM

well dont the qauge of speaker wires, make a little difference?? 1mm is extremely tinny.
August 23, 2010 8:46:11 PM

It's just a small htib box system, I don't think it's really going to make much of a difference imo.
August 23, 2010 10:28:15 PM

ye prob not.
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