How to Solder Speaker Wire

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Any audiophile will tell you, for the best sound clarity from your sound system, your connections must be soldered together. What they might not say, is how to do that.

Step 1

Unless your wires are already bare, you will need to strip the plastic casing off of the last half inch of the wire.

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Step 2

With the ends of the wire facing 180 degrees away from each other, twist the wires together so that the copper looks like candy cane stripes. Do not take the ends of the different wires and treat them like a twist tie.

Step 3

The solder is going to follow the heat. Apply heat to the wire to warm up the connection. Then from the opposite side where the heat is applied, apply the solder to the wires. You may have to briefly apply the solder to the iron to melt it quickly.

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Step 4

Ideally, you want to make sure that the molten solder melts though the strands of the two copper wires, fusing the connection together.

Step 5

Apply electric tape to your new connection to electrically isolate it. You may consider using shrink wrap, but that would have to be applied before the connection between the two wires is made.

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