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    Default Subwoofer Wiring - Different Gauge Help!

    Hi,

    I've got one of these for my car:

    http://www.gumtree.com/london/75/52231875.html

    It's rated at 550w RMS and 1600w peak so I was wondering, do I need an 8 gauge or 4 gauge wiring kit.

    I like this:

    http://www.caraudiocentre.co.uk/prod...60_p-22585.htm

    But this is 4 gauge but says it only works with 1200w - will this be suitable for my subwoofer or should I get something else?

    Thanks!

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    depends how powerful ya amp is but i`d just use the heavier

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    I'd agree with SRimonkey. The 4 gauge should, in theory, be a better bet. Thick wire lowers resistance and therefore less energy is wasted in the wires themselves.

    I can't imagine it making too much of a difference what one you go for but someone correct me if I' wrong! HTH

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    Get the biggest cable you can afford! For 550w RMS I wouldn't look at 8 gauge, 4 gauge and above.

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    Cheers for the help guys! I like my music to sound good but that's as far as I get with tech specs on speakers etc!

    I'll start looking at 4 gauge or better, what makes are any good? I assume they're all the same but any preferences?

    Am hoping to get down to caraudiocentre in notts for it fitting on Friday if all goes well!

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    Am looking here to get the kit (as they sell the aerial lead I need too):

    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...ring-kits.html

    There's 3 kits around £40 for 4 gauge and I don't know which one's the best (or more suitable) the vibe, autoleads or CAS custom.

    Any help is appreciated!

    Cheers guys.

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    Personnally I'd go with the Vibe kit:

    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro..._id/11827.html

    If you want me to confuse you more there are other manufacturers out there, Stinger, Tsunami or Streetwires to name but a few, but unless you want to have a more complicated system then the Vibe kit will do you fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alzsxi View Post
    Personnally I'd go with the Vibe kit:

    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro..._id/11827.html

    If you want me to confuse you more there are other manufacturers out there, Stinger, Tsunami or Streetwires to name but a few, but unless you want to have a more complicated system then the Vibe kit will do you fine.


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    Cheers for the help guys!

    Got the wiring kit ordered, car booked in on Friday so hopefully will be a big improvement to sound quality!

    Will see if I can post some pictures when done!

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    4awg will be better a SAFER than 8awg. Anything above 4 starts to become very unwieldy and hard to install and probably overkill for a one amplifier system.
    I ran a 2 amp system (a 2 x 240RMS sub I think and a 200RMS front speaker set up) and 4awg was fine.

    Also if 4awg is overkill for your system, it then adds scope for upgrade, that 8awg won't.

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