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#95807 - 12/08/03 01:55 PM will thin power wire burn out amp?
samlimster
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Registered: 12/08/03
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Hi folks.

I was chatting with a guy at futureshop the other day and we disagreed about the consequences of having too thin guage wire to power your amp.

The only risk I was aware of was that if your power wire was too thin, it could possible overheat and cause a fire.

The fellow at futureshop said that it could also burn out/damage your amp. Is that true?

Just out of curiosity (not that I would do this), could you hypothetically use thin power wire if you don't turn your amp up too high (since your amp won't draw as much current)?

thanks

sam.

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#95808 - 12/08/03 05:58 PM Re: will thin power wire burn out amp?
excelaudio2003
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if the power wire is too small it will heat up should not start on fire if it is fused.

the problem that you will have is if the wire is too small it cant handle the current draw and will cause a voltage drop then the amp will try to draw more current to make up for the voltage drop. its a lose lose problem you should use larger current capicty wire than what the current draw is on the amp so you will avoid voltage drops which can damage the amp over a period of time.also make sure your ground is as good as your power wire.
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#95809 - 12/08/03 10:24 PM Re: will thin power wire burn out amp?
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yes damnit! yes! why do you thinkink my xtant died? because i had it hooked up to a SPLIT 8GA wire.. you kind of suffocate it for power, and it jsut dies...

got 0GA, no problems since...
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