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    Default Polarity of Black/White speaker wire

    Which goes to the positive lug on the speaker? White or Black?

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    I would think all black wire is meant for negative in standard wiring so white to positive ....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmudcat
    I would think all black wire is meant for negative in standard wiring so white to positive ....................
    That's what I thought, but after googling about & asking an electrician friend. It seems that either there's no standard or the it's common that black goes to positive & white to ground.

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    Tot hopefully someone smarter can shed some light on this:

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    Doesn't matter as long as each of the ends goes to the matching polarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket
    Doesn't matter as long as each of the ends goes to the matching polarity.
    What Rocket said.

    tung

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    Like in a lot of things, consistency is more important than accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket
    Doesn't matter as long as each of the ends goes to the matching polarity.
    I was hoping that there was a standard so I could determine this. I guess that there isn't.

    I got a response from the manufacturer of my amp. He wires white to + and black to -.

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    As long as you keep the polarity / color consistent, it won't make a difference.

    I go with a U.S house wiring theme - black is hot, white is return.

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