Question about speaker wire
Mar 20, 2005 at 3:07 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

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I should already know this, but I'm having a brain cramp right now. On most speaker wire one of the strands usually has a white line going through it. Does this white line mean negative or positive? I'm pretty sure it's negative, but I just wanted to verify it is.

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Mar 20, 2005 at 3:53 AM Post #2 of 8

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Negative, but it doesn't matter, you just need to be consistent.
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 5:34 AM Post #3 of 8

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Originally Posted by ooheadsoo
Negative, but it doesn't matter, you just need to be consistent.


I understand the consistency part but sometimes there are situations where one of the ends is terminated so that you can't tell. So in those cases I assume the strand with the white line is negative right?
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 6:00 AM Post #4 of 8

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IIRC, typically, the one with the line (any color) is negative. This, for whatever reason, doesn't seem to hold true for case switch and light leads, but other than those cases...
 
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I've been making the lined or marked wire my + My logic is that on speakers, the + terminal is normally marked with a red dot or something.
 
Mar 21, 2005 at 8:44 PM Post #6 of 8

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Quote:

Originally Posted by audiomortis
I've been making the lined or marked wire my + My logic is that on speakers, the + terminal is normally marked with a red dot or something.


Me too - as long as it's the same @ speaker and amp though it doesn't matter afaik (all the cables i have bought pre terminated were + tracer - no tracer)
 
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I always treat the wire that has markings or has the most vibrant color as + (green and grey, green is +; striped and non-striped, striped is +; red and black, red is +). It doesn't matter at all what you do as long as you do the same thing at the speaker end as you do at the amp end.
 
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Quote:

Originally Posted by sr20dem0n
I always treat the wire that has markings or has the most vibrant color as + (green and grey, green is +; striped and non-striped, striped is +; red and black, red is +). It doesn't matter at all what you do as long as you do the same thing at the speaker end as you do at the amp end.


Correct.
 

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