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Old 03-09-2007, 06:14 PM
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Question Welding Cable OR Regual Car audio Cable

Which one is better?? Welding cable or reguar audio cable?
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:46 PM
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I think CAr audio wire is better, but Welding wire is WAY cheaper, and harder to work with! That New Audison wire is like playing with shoe laces! Its great!
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:53 PM
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dude! welding cable and car audio cable are the same damn cable. both cables are just as easy to work with, i can tie knots with my 1/0 no problem. the only diff is that welding cable doesnt have a fancy see thru jacket on it. and it is much, much cheaper. Mr. Manace u want some cable, holla at a craka, i'll send you to a place that chops it for $2.40/foot, cheapest price yet.
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I picked up mine (002 awg) for $2.00ft at princess auto a few months back!
The jacket on welding cable is not as durable, and some cables have pretty low grade copper, but for the most part it works percectly well. I'm using it in my car.
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Here is a gem Bill @ Knukonceptz posted @ CA Forums.

Welding wire will oxidize easier then most audio specific power wire mainly from the poor jacket material. It is neoprene and holds moisture were PVC will not absorb any liquid. The neoprene is also a solid opaque jacket so when it does oxidize you'll only find out about it when the voltage loss gets to substantial. Usually it is also made out of a lower grade of copper (lower purity)

Several folks on here have commented there welding cable has corroded, this will cause a voltage loss and as a result a loss in SPL and eventually SQ. So yes, the power cable if not up to par will cause SPL issues. Tinned OFC cable is considered Marine Grade, could you image the mess you'd have with welding wire in a Boat..

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dude! welding cable and car audio cable are the same damn cable. both cables are just as easy to work with, i can tie knots with my 1/0 no problem. the only diff is that welding cable doesnt have a fancy see thru jacket on it. and it is much, much cheaper. Mr. Manace u want some cable, holla at a craka, i'll send you to a place that chops it for $2.40/foot, cheapest price yet.
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:03 PM
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Copper is cheap and pure....ie. there is no such thing as 'low grade' copper........ you can look at the drawing process which effects lattice structure (and resistance) but for the most part that dosen't matter either...

Getting to jacketing, welding wire will be thicker which could be a bad thing... but as far as neoprene versus PVC... neoprene is most definatly superior being chemically inert and much more durable...... and as far as neoprene 'holding water'.... thats retarded... neoprene is absolutly not permeable to air or water....

I think 'Bill' needs a reality check...

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100% OFC copper is 100% OFC copper. The only disadvantage I know to weldig cable is that neoprene can be degraded by oil/fuel, which I avoided in the past with split loom.
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^ neoprene is INERT... you can soak it in gas and it won't react..... if you have a problem with your wires insulation, its not neoprene....

FYI all copper is virtually oxygen free...
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I think I'll go with someone in the industry over you.. sorry. Mr Haunz.. Of course if you make cable then by all means, perhaps you know what you are spouting off about.
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