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post #1 of 4 Old 03-10-2012, 05:54 AM - Thread Starter
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I am about to sheetrock my theater room and my concern is doing everything possible to keep future wiring options open. I have a soffit available - perhaps a fishing wire or something is wise to allow the "future" addition of speaker wire for a new surround format. With insulation in the wall for soundproofing, not sure how easy it will be to fish wire in the future. I can't run conduit "everywhere", but what is the advise to leave the room as "future ready" as possible prior to finishing the walls. I have run extra wire in many places, but it is difficult to think where one may want something to be run in the future.
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In my last theater, I wired for speakers in 16 locations (3 in front, 3 in rear, 3 spots on each side and 4 in the ceiling) and subs in 6 locations (near each corner and in the middle of each side wall). I only ever connected a 7.1 system, but figured I was prepared enough. I also ran cat5 to each location, just in case, and thank goodness I did because I was able to use one pair of wires to extend my Wii IR bar from the equipment room to the theater. (this was before the wireless bars came out.)

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I'm about to prewire my theater as well and thinking about future proofing. I'm staring with a 5.1 system but will be running wire for 7.2, plus a couple of Cat5 runs. I can see myself dropping in at least 2 more speakers.

Pre-wiring for 16 locations is crazy. Hats off to you! Talk about being prepared.
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To the OP...

- run bi-wire to the front 3 speakers, even if you never use it you have redundancy if you need it

- if you have a front-to-back soffit put in as large a conduit as you can with pull string in it, you never know if the next video standard we get will have a connector even bigger than this HDMI ridiculousness

- at least one "extra" pull of RG6 to each of the corners of the room to use as a line-level sub signal conductor, gives you flexibility in placement if you change things up or decided to go dual-subs

- CAT6 extras, in my opinion you can never have too many, I pulled 6 drops to my "office" thinking it would be overkill and I have ended up using 5 of them, just about anything can be put on CAT6 via a balun and the wire is so cheap in the first place

Just my opinion based on wiring my house in a retrofit fashion.

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