I would think something of a least 11 gauge, and with low capacitance would be best.
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Thanks for your responses. Now, I have some good suggested brands/models to use as my "references" (Kimber, Canare, Romex) and some criteria to select cables with which to compare them (at least 11 ga with low capacitance).
Now, what about this?
Do think that, in some situations, it might be ideal to biwire with different cables running to the woofers than to the panels? But, however, though, isn't the easiest way to make sure you don't screw things up doing that is to, well, uh, not do that. Maybe that was a dumb question. Maybe the question should be: What are options in choosing to use differing cables and what criteria should I use to determine them? Wouldn't I need to know a lot about the two different loads, as well as, the behavior of the crosssover?
Again, thanks a lot, guys!
Here's a specific example I can give you: Paul Speltz lists the capacitance for his Anti-Cables as: 0.002nF/foot run.
However, his cables are only 12 ga. No problem, right? Because he sells them "shotgunned", so now you have two 12 ga cables doing the work of an 11 ga one. And that's great because 12 ga + 12 ga = uh, 24 ga? 1,212 ga? Ah, how the heck would I know?
But, the point is, wouldn't you also get, besides the, as yet unquantified, increased gauge, an concomitant increase in capacitance where, now, total capacitance = 0.004nF/foot run?
And, would that be an acceptable level?
Here' is a wire gauge calculator.
IMO...don't make this harder than it needs to be, unless you enjoy the mental exercise.
FWIW, Canare 4S11 has four conductors. You can use it to bi-wire with a smaller gauge, or you can twist two conductors together to result in the 11 gauge aggregate. Try it both ways and let your ears decide.
I second the 8tc vote....Had em for years, tried others (very expensive others) and the 8tc has always represented an excellent value and sound. Accurate, balanced, decent soundstage. I am sure there are better, but not for the money there isn't. And once you get out beyond $1k you might as well starting looking at new components instead of wires.