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What cabling do I need for my home theater?

Hi all,

I'm setting up my first home theater. I have Polk LSi15 fronts, LSiC center, LSiFX surrounds, a Definitive sub, Emotiva XPA-2 to power the fronts and an XPA-5 to power the rest. There will be a receiver, which I'm still deciding on (leaning towards Denon x-4000) a blue-ray player, and an HDTV. I'll probably get a DVR from my cable company too, and the cable box.

The components will all be housed near each other (probably housed in a BDI 8929--if anyone has one to sell, please let me know).

So what cabling do I need for it all and what do you recommend to get? I may even need to diagram it all out.

Thanks in advance!
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Monoprice.com for everything if you want quality cables for cheap.

You need:

HDMI cables to connect blu ray player, cable box to AVR, and AVR to TV
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10240


Speaker wire, 12ga or 14ga. Maybe in-wall rated wire depending how you run your speaker wire.
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2


Subwoofer cable
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10236



RCA cables to connect from AVR to Amps
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_...&cs_id=1021814
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_...&cs_id=1023501


Perhaps some banana plugs to make speaker wire connect cleanly to receiver/amps, and speakers.
http://sewelldirect.com/Sewell-Deadb...gs-12-Pair.asp


Looking at that BDI cabinet you might need some fans to suck out all the heat, audio equipment doesn't do well with poor ventilation

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Hi, Thanks for the feedback

I'm thinking now of getting the Emotiva XMC-1 pre/pro which has balanced outputs. Since my Emotiva amps have balanced inputs, should I use that instead or the RCAs?

If so, would these be a good choice?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2

Also, if anyone has an Emotiva upgrade card they want to sell, please PM me.

Thanks in advance!
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I would go with the XLR balanced connectors over RCA if you have that option. I have bought balanced connector cables from both Monoprice and Blue Jeans Cables and while both are nice, I liked the ones from BJC a tad bit better. But you cannot go wrong with Monoprice either.

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