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Romex for speaker cable?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by T-Mac, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. T-Mac


    Feb 2, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hey folks.

    I'm the proud new owner of an SVT 4Pro. The amp came with the mono-bridged speaker cable. I like to have backups of as many things as possible, so I plan on making a backup cable myself.

    I have the 4 conductor speakon plugs and am familiar with "what wire goes where" for this application. The problem is, I don't have any extra speaker cable laying around, but I have plenty of 14 gauge Romex.

    Would there be any problem with using the solid wire Romex over stranded speaker wire?


  2. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    It would work if the installation is to stay put but would be unreliable if used for gigging due to the constant bending/flexing. Eventually, the solid copper will break(besides being a PITA to work with). Romex may also be not fun getting into the connectors and connected.

    If you like, use the romex at home and get some SJ or SJO cable.
  3. brotherdoc


    Oct 26, 2008
    Seems to me you'd add resistance by not getting a good tight, solid pressure connection with solid wire (not too mention the chance of the set screw backing off or coming unsoldered because of lack of flexibility). Current runs on the outside of wire, so surface area is your friend.
    And it's also gonna look ghetto.

    What about an extension cord?

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