Proper cable

Hello gentlemen, I would like to know which is the proper cable gauge that I should use for the following set of speakers: rti a7, csi 4 and rti a3.
A7s will be standing 6 to 7 feet from the av receiver. Csi4 will be 1 to 2 feet above the avr. A3s will be used as sourround and will be located 30 feet from the avr. Do you think ofc 16ga cable will do ok for all speakers?

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  • Your answer helped me but also left me thinking.
    Should I consider other factors besides the cable gauge?
  • Thanks F1nut! Any brand you would recomend?
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 15,251
    Your answer helped me but also left me thinking.
    Should I consider other factors besides the cable gauge?

    There are many things other than gauge to consider. This Shunyata link helps to explain them.

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  • Thank you very much both of you!
  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,840
    I would use 12 gauge for the front left and right, 14 gauge for everything else. Don't go too cheap on the cabling or you'll find the brightness may be a bit too much for your ears.
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  • mantis
    mantis Posts: 16,884
    I think 14g all the way around is a excellent choice for that speaker package.
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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,776
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