What gauge wire should I use for my home theater?
Although the AWG specifies a wide range of sizes, the most common sizes for speaker wire are probably 12, 14, and 16-gauge. These will be ideal for most wiring duties in an average home theater and stereo music system.
Which is better 16 or 18 gauge speaker wire?
Speaker Wire Gauge vs Recommended use
Note For short speaker wire runs, a 18-gauge or 16-gauge wire is sufficient,depends on the impedance of the speakers. However, for longer speaker wire runs (to another room, for example), it is better to use a thicker, lower-gauge wire.
How many watts can 14 gauge speaker handle?
And if we just go on the current capacity of such wire, a standard 14 AWG copper conductor is rated for 25A continuous, maximum. If feeding an 8 ohm load, the maximum power would be I^2R, or 25*25*8 = 5,000 watts.