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Old 11-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #1  
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Default Soldering different speaker gauges together???

Hi all,

I'm the sound for a unity church and one of the speakers in the Foyer suddenly stopped working. Upon inspection, I realized that the speaker wire gauge might be to big...It's some kind of Yamaha home speaker with very small slots for the hot and cold wires, while the speaker cable coming out of the wall is quite large. I can get sound by wedging them in, but it eventually they get loose and the speaker cuts out.

So I'm trying to figure out how to solve this problem! Is it alright to solder high and low gauges of wire together? I'm thinking I can get a small amount of small gauge and solder it to the end of the big gauge so it fits into the speaker??

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Hi all,

I'm the sound for a unity church and one of the speakers in the Foyer suddenly stopped working. Upon inspection, I realized that the speaker wire gauge might be to big...It's some kind of Yamaha home speaker with very small slots for the hot and cold wires, while the speaker cable coming out of the wall is quite large. I can get sound by wedging them in, but it eventually they get loose and the speaker cuts out.

So I'm trying to figure out how to solve this problem! Is it alright to solder high and low gauges of wire together? I'm thinking I can get a small amount of small gauge and solder it to the end of the big gauge so it fits into the speaker??

Any help is greatly appreciated!
that will work.
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Or if the large gauge wire is stranded you can remove several strands until it will fit into the speaker connection.
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Question Sound Dynamics RTS P100 tower speakers

I have a mint pair of these in black that I want to sell, Any idea what I could get for the pair? The specs are below. Wish there was some typr of price guide. I want to replace these with Monitor Audio RX6's

General
Speaker type Right/left channel speaker
Speaker quantity 2 speakers
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.1 in x 14.8 in x 42.0 in
Weight 55.1 lbs
Additional Features Bi-wiring,
Bi-amplified,
Gold-plated connectors
Enclosure material MDF
Design features Vinyl woodgrain finish
Features
Amplification type Active
Driver configuration 3-way
Woofer size (inches) 1.0 in,
6.5 in
Nominal (RMS) output power 100.0 Watt
Response bandwidth -24975.0 Hz
Input impedance 8.0 Ohm
Recommended amplifier power -220.0 Watt
Sensitivity 93.0 dB
Crossover frequency 2000Hz,
90Hz
Output features Bass Reflex
Audio amplifier Integrated
Connectivity Wired
Recommended placing Floor-standing
Controls Subwoofer cut frequency,
Volume
Detachable grilles Yes
Connections
Connector type 2.0 x Speakers input ( Banana/spade x 2 )
Details
Driver details Subwoofer : 2.0 x Mid/woofer driver - 1.0 in - Polypropylene,
Right/left channel speaker : 1.0 x Tweeter driver - 6.5 in - Polypropylene,
Right/left channel speaker : 1.0 x Subwoofer driver - 6.5 in
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Thank you for your replies!

I originally tried removing several strands and that seemed to be somewhat effective until it cut out again. I tried the speaker on a stereo system (with small gauge wiring) and it seemed to work perfectly.

New question: how many strands can you remove? does it degrade the signal strength as you remove strands??
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Use some of these.

http://www.showmecables.com/product/...lack-Pack.aspx
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Thank you for your replies!

I originally tried removing several strands and that seemed to be somewhat effective until it cut out again. I tried the speaker on a stereo system (with small gauge wiring) and it seemed to work perfectly.

New question: how many strands can you remove? does it degrade the signal strength as you remove strands??
It won't degrade the signal if you remove enough to fit in the connector. After all, the connector is sized for the wire size required, so if you remove strands until the wire just fits in the connector you will have it just right. Also be sure you have enough bare wire to fit all the way into the connector, normally about 1/4".

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great! thanks everybody for your replies.
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