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post #31 of 40 Old 03-23-2013, 10:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Subwoofer got delivered. It is HUGE. Looks like an end table beside the couch.
Speakers getting delivered on Tuesday biggrin.gif

Can some please tell me the difference between these 2 types of wires:
1) 12AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2789&seq=1&format=2)
2) 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2817&seq=1&format=2)

Should I go for something which has more shielding? I saw some in BB which had way more shielding.
Which is better? Is Monoprice the best for this? I saw blue jeans calbe - way to expensive for me.

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wire type 1 is your good old fashioned "zip cord"or "lamp cord" type speaker wire. The clear jacket is not rated for installation inside walls and ceilings. wire pairs lay parallel to each other, which is a less desirable geometry.
wire type 2 has insulators rated CL2 which relates to its flammability and types of toxins released. This type of wire is appropriate for installation inside walls and ceilings, but not air handling spaces. The insulation has two layers, one bonded to each conductor and an outer jacket enclosing the pair. these types of wire often have a small amount of twist between the pair which may aid in noise rejection.
By "shielding" I hope you meant the layers of insulation around the wire? Speaker wire is rarely "shielded" in the manner that line or microphone level audio cables or video cables are constructed.
If the wire is going to be visible, then the cosmetics of the outer jacket may have some value, but if you use a good quality wire of the correct gauge, most people of integrity will have a hard time telling an appreciable difference between the brands.

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And they arrived..but it seems I cant insert banana plugs behind the speakers 😱

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Got little red and black pieces of plastic in the way? Unscrew the metal piece around the post all the way until it comes off. Pull out the little plastic plug caps. Screw the metal piece back on.

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Got little red and black pieces of plastic in the way? Unscrew the metal piece around the post all the way until it comes off. Pull out the little plastic plug caps. Screw the metal piece back on.

Hurray it worked.

I tried listening to music on a 3.1 setup yesterday (Didnt get time to set the rears) but couldn't hear anything from the center speakers.
I tried playing in 7.1/straight mode on my yamaha v673 AVR but nothing.

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Like nethawk stated....I always use inwall speaker wire now (don't know why, maybe it is because it looks neater?). Monoprice 14 gauge is all I use.

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i thought straight direct only plays the front 2 main speakers. I too have a yamaha and that is what I remember. That mitt be why the center wasn't working.

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i thought straight direct only plays the front 2 main speakers. I too have a yamaha and that is what I remember. That mitt be why the center wasn't working.

Shouldn't have 7.1 played the center?

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Like nethawk stated....I always use inwall speaker wire now (don't know why, maybe it is because it looks neater?). Monoprice 14 gauge is all I use.

I went for Monoprice oxygen-free 12AWG instead of the inwalls.

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i thought straight direct only plays the front 2 main speakers. I too have a yamaha and that is what I remember. That mitt be why the center wasn't working.

Shouldn't have 7.1 played the center?

I dont think it does. Even in my 5.1 set-up, I thought it only played 2channel to the mains. I could be wrong, as I dont do it much (only listen to music about 1% of the time!) If you think it is a speaker issue, just connect it to one of the front main terminals and see if you get sound that way.

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