+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Reload Thread: Car vs Home wire??

  1. #1
    Justin braaapp's Avatar
    Justin braaapp is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Torrance CA
    Posts
    352
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    120 Post(s)

    Car vs Home wire??

    Well i got some focal components i have been wanting and I need wire to install them. Im pretty impatient and don't really want to order any wires and wait around for them. I found some at home depot but I'm not really sure if its the same thing as car audio wire so if anybody could chime in and help explain the differences i would appreciate it. Thanks guys and merry christmas!
    Here is what i was looking at:
    GE 100 ft. 14-Gauge Speaker wire - clear style-87649 at The Home Depot







  2. #2
    dbjunior's Avatar
    dbjunior is offline CarAudio.com Elite



    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    ma
    Posts
    781
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    122 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    That will work fine



    bought from MBROOKY, johnny law.Lulz, subzero, tc3k101
    sold to mytrunkslamz , vitveet, cd6551, martiandancer31 (x2), pro-rabbit, whytellyou
    Trade with cf2004

  3. #3
    WhatsAminiTruck's Avatar
    WhatsAminiTruck is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    STL Missouruh
    Posts
    188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    71 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    The difference is quality.
    Strand count, tinned copper, etc

    However, you can find high quality home wire as well. Just not at home depot....

    Also, home wire usually isn't "rated" for 12v... I don't know if that would present an audible difference.



    Current: 240amp Mechman Alt, Yellowtop in the back, Two SA-6.5s and two tweets in each door powered by an LA-4200, Two Sundown SA-12s in a prefab powered by an SAZ-1500.

    http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/178898-vehicle-dodge-dakota-1996/
    ^my ride


  4. #4
    Justin braaapp's Avatar
    Justin braaapp is offline Senior VIP Member

    Threadstarter


    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Torrance CA
    Posts
    352
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    120 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatsAminiTruck View Post
    The difference is quality.
    Strand count, tinned copper, etc

    However, you can find high quality home wire as well. Just not at home depot....

    Also, home wire usually isn't "rated" for 12v... I don't know if that would present an audible difference.
    alright for sure there are a few shops by me I guess I will have to go check that out. That stuff from home depot is just cheap lol




  5. #5
    WhatsAminiTruck's Avatar
    WhatsAminiTruck is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    STL Missouruh
    Posts
    188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    71 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin braaapp View Post
    alright for sure there are a few shops by me I guess I will have to go check that out. That stuff from home depot is just cheap lol
    Just understand that they make "cheap" car audio wire as well lol.



    Current: 240amp Mechman Alt, Yellowtop in the back, Two SA-6.5s and two tweets in each door powered by an LA-4200, Two Sundown SA-12s in a prefab powered by an SAZ-1500.

    http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/178898-vehicle-dodge-dakota-1996/
    ^my ride


  6. #6
    Justin braaapp's Avatar
    Justin braaapp is offline Senior VIP Member

    Threadstarter


    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Torrance CA
    Posts
    352
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    120 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatsAminiTruck View Post
    Just understand that they make "cheap" car audio wire as well lol.
    Is there a way to tell just by looking at it?




  7. #7
    WhatsAminiTruck's Avatar
    WhatsAminiTruck is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    STL Missouruh
    Posts
    188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    71 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin braaapp View Post
    Is there a way to tell just by looking at it?
    You have to look at the specs, and trust that they are accurate.



    Current: 240amp Mechman Alt, Yellowtop in the back, Two SA-6.5s and two tweets in each door powered by an LA-4200, Two Sundown SA-12s in a prefab powered by an SAZ-1500.

    http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/178898-vehicle-dodge-dakota-1996/
    ^my ride


  8. #8
    WhatsAminiTruck's Avatar
    WhatsAminiTruck is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    STL Missouruh
    Posts
    188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    71 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin braaapp View Post
    Is there a way to tell just by looking at it?
    You have to look at the specs, and trust that they are accurate.



    Current: 240amp Mechman Alt, Yellowtop in the back, Two SA-6.5s and two tweets in each door powered by an LA-4200, Two Sundown SA-12s in a prefab powered by an SAZ-1500.

    http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/178898-vehicle-dodge-dakota-1996/
    ^my ride


  9. #9
    Beatin''s Avatar
    Beatin' is offline CarAudio.com Elite



    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    986
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    568 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    wires used in a car should be very abrasive resistant whether physical or chemical, and able to withstand constant summer/winter cycles, particularly with power/ground wire.

    Speaker wire.....ehh.........many will do just fine.



    All day I'm clippin'
    voltage be dippin'
    I don't give a damn,
    cause my trunk always hittin'!

    creating a proper sound wave. Step one, turn it up until clipping. Step two, done.

  10. #10
    bbeljefe's Avatar
    bbeljefe is offline Premium Member bbeljefe is a Supporting Member of the forum!



    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Shreveport, LA
    Posts
    1,789
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    676 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    You won't be able to tell any difference in sound quality. And you won't have any problems with it unless you run it outside or under the hood.



    Owner, Audio Anarchy, LLC
    2915 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA
    318-780-6149

    Authorized Dealer in NW Louisiana for CT Sounds & Execution Audio. We also carry other products but you really don't want that stuff... ;-)


  11. #11
    tommydh's Avatar
    tommydh is offline Senior VIP Member



    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    153 Post(s)

    Re: Car vs Home wire??

    As a Master Electrician I would say that the Home Depot wire that you linked to will work just fine. You need to realize the manufacturers for wire used in any occupied space beit home, office whatever has a little thing called a UL listing. That states that the wire is suitable for a specific application which will be listed on the wire itself. I would love to see the day when car audio wire has to be made in te confines of the NEC. As far as that goes I am currently using 14 awg stranded THHN wire to my tweeters after twisting them together myself just because I had it on hand and need it. Now I will say I would kill some days to bee able to use audio style wire when tyeing in 1200 amp disconnects with 3 sets of 600 MCM copper with only 100 strands maybe.



    Pioneer DEH 80 PRS
    1 Sundown SD-2 10,
    Kicker SS56.2 components.(Soon to be changed out) Anyone with a set of these or maybe a single mid I'm looking
    Rockford Fosgate T-1000.1bd
    Pioneer GM6400f

    I am DH Audio.,
    This isn't baseball I'm the original DH Richard Ctranium

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Accessory sale: Wires, Splitters, Connectors, etc. Some Car, Some Home
    By cx-7heaven in forum Miscellaneous Car Audio Classifieds
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-25-2013, 04:05 PM
  2. car vs home
    By taintedplay in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-03-2010, 08:45 PM
  3. hi-end car stereo,vs home theater
    By raverx3m in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 02-06-2010, 02:00 PM
  4. Car tweeters vs. home tweeters
    By ProgMtl in forum Speakers
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 04-18-2008, 09:26 PM
  5. car audio vs home audio
    By Imshirazy in forum Speakers
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 10-16-2007, 03:05 PM

User Tag List

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may post attachments
  • You may edit your posts
1e2 Forum