Where to find extension cab speaker cables?

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  1. pwhite

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    I am looking for some 2 or 3 Ft 12 AWG speaker cables for head to cab connections. I am hitting a dead end. I see plenty in 15 AWG or 14 AWG but is that good enough? Can anyone reccomend a source for these. Thanks
     
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    Monster cables?
    They make the fattest cables around but for waaaaay cheaper just buy the cable you want and put ends on it, not that hard. Take the $ you would spend on high priced cables and buy a soldering iron.
    just sayin . . . .
     
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    What wattage? Ohms? Unless this is for a 100+W amp running at 4 ohms or less, 14 is more than adequate, especially for a short run.
     
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    Why do you need 12 AWG? Assuming an 8-ohm cabinet, a 12 AWG cable will handle about 3,200 watts. 1/4" plugs and jacks would fail long before the cable heated up.
     
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    I just want good 1 foot long ones
    Super short seems hard to find.
    From amp to power soak and short loop amp out / speaker in

    3 footers are way too long
     
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    So easy to make your own for this.
     
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    Yes but the iron i have to buy
    Likely my option
     
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    Your first hint should be the gauge of the internal wiring of your transformer as it connects to the jack. I doubt you have 12 gauge wire there. I suspect it is more on the order of 16 or 18 gauge.
     
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    I remember back in the day they had to be massive and they had to be twisted.
     
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    14-16 ga are fine, that's short length.
     
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    For what amp? As noted, 16ga is almost always more than enough. For many amps, 20ga lamp cord will work fine. Folks coming from hifi & home audio (or long speaker runs) tend to think about gauge. For a few feet, it's not an issue.

    The OT is a good point. Just look at the wire gauge that connects the OT to your speaker jack. No need to go bigger than that.
     
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    If I remember right with 16 ga cable at about 100 watts you have to have about 30 feet of length before you start losing high end frequency due to the dampening factor. You can use any two conductor power cord with your own connectors or even three conductor and just don't connect any thing to the third wire.
     
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    Two of these...
    switchcraft 280.JPG
    And a couple of feet of this...

    lamp cord.JPG

    Along with a little solder, and you're in business for around $10.
     
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    Yeah you are overthinking this, any decent quality speaker cable will work just as well as the next. Durability is really the only consideration.
     
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    And for the love of all that is holy, stay away from Monster Cable or that expensive crap they sell at Bestbuy. All of it is suckerbait, pure & simple.
     
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