SPEAKER CABLES

The shipping boxes do not contain the cables (wiring) needed to connect the speakers to your amplifier/receiver. Cables must be purchased separately. It’s important to know that old or inexpensive speaker cables can diminish the sound quality of your THIEL speakers. It pays to use high-quality, low-gauge cables to connect your speakers to the amplifier/receiver. Low-gauge cables ensure minimal loss of power (thanks to reduced impedance) and proper control by the amplifier. Consider these factors when choosing cables for your sound system: gauge and length. 

Gauge. All speaker cables have an American Wire Gauge (AWG) number (ranging from 0000 to 40) that indicates the thickness of the wire’s copper bundle (the all-important electric conductor). A lower gauge means a thicker wire. And the thicker the wire, the better it conducts the signal from your amplifier to your speakers. Speaker cables used with stereo and home entertainment systems typically range from 10 gauge to 18 gauge. 

Length. Cable length also affects sound quality. For example, bookshelf speakers are often placed relatively close to the receiver or amplifier (within 6.5 feet); in that case, you can use shorter, higher gauge (18 AWG), less expensive cables. However, if you need or want to run cables longer than that, below is a guide to the best gauge for your home system. 



GAUGE (AWG)
LENGTH IN FEET/INCHES FROM THE SPEAKER TO THE AMPLIFIER/RECIEVER
LENGTH IN METERS (M) FROM THE SPEAKER TO THE AMPLIFIER/RECIEVER
186’6”
2M
177’5”
2.3M
169’8”
3M
153’
3.4M
1411’
4M
1316’4”
5M
1223’
7M
11>25’
7.7M


We recommend using cables of nearly the same length (plus or minus 1 foot) for each speaker. By using similar lengths of cable to connect your speakers to the amplifier/receiver, you’ll ensure that the speakers receive similar power and produce a similar sound at a given volume.