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I live in an apartment and need to run the following cable/wire (4 total):

I have to run the wire from my receiver up to the top of the wall, across the wall, halfway across the next wall and then down to the TV and front speakers (a 40 foot run).

My questions are:
  1. What should I buy to secure the cable and three wires to the ceiling?
  2. Is there anything I can use to cover the cable/wires (preferably in white)?
  3. Does anyone have any other advice on running speaker wire across the top of my walls?
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First, have you considered pushing under the baseboards on the floor instead. There are probably openings, but you can use cable covers to safely handle that.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_sabc?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&pageMinusResults=1&suo=1367596034692#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=cable%20floor%20cover&sprefix=cable+floor%2Celectronics%2C241&rh=i%3Aelectronics%2Ck%3Acable%20floor%20cover

If it really needs to be on the ceiling, you can use cable channel taped to the wall or secured with wall anchors:
http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-nmw1-5wht-Plastic-Channel/dp/B000OVCJ0Y/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1367596146&sr=1-5&keywords=cable+channel+wall

40' is pretty much an upper limit on HDMI. Try it before you commit the channel. You may need to go with baluns and route over cat-6

I don't have experience with the HDMI cable you selected. You might want to look at the better monoprice item as it is proven at that distance. I run one at 30'
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1025506&p_id=9431&seq=1&format=2
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First, have you considered pushing under the baseboards on the floor instead. There are probably openings, but you can use cable covers to safely handle that.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_sabc?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&pageMinusResults=1&suo=1367596034692#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=cable%20floor%20cover&sprefix=cable+floor%2Celectronics%2C241&rh=i%3Aelectronics%2Ck%3Acable%20floor%20cover

The receiver has a doorway on each side of it, so these would have to run between one of the doorways. We have two young children, and they would pull on that cover and its wires all day, so unfortunately this isn't an option.
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If it really needs to be on the ceiling, you can use cable channel taped to the wall or secured with wall anchors:
http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-nmw1-5wht-Plastic-Channel/dp/B000OVCJ0Y/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1367596146&sr=1-5&keywords=cable+channel+wall

That looks great - I'll try that out. Thanks.
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40' is pretty much an upper limit on HDMI. Try it before you commit the channel. You may need to go with baluns and route over cat-6. I don't have experience with the HDMI cable you selected. You might want to look at the better monoprice item as it is proven at that distance. I run one at 30'
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1025506&p_id=9431&seq=1&format=2

I had looked at that Redmere cable but thought $50 was too much. I also looked at the lower grade Monoprice cables, but they were around $40 shipped (from CA to GA) and this one from Amazon is $20 shipped.

Should I just suck it up and go with Redmere?

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I would also check out the Tartan cable here:

Blue Jeans Cable

I use a 25 foot length of an older model Tartan cable, and it works great.

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For a 40' run, I would seriously go with the redmere Monoprice cable. I wouldn't necessarily agree with 40 feet being the upper range of HDMI, though it is fairly far. With a cheaper cable, you'll likely run into more handshaking issues than actual signal degradation given the nature of HDMI/digital.

HDMI handshaking (EDID) is the achilles heel of HDMI and can truly be a pain in the butt.

The redmere cables are VERY flexible,especially compared to previous itinerations of HDMI cables.

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