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I believe they are speaker terminals, a thin orange line on one gold connector, a red line on the other. Anyone have any ideas...? How would you utilize them in your home theater? Your receiver is down near ground level, why are the speakers 15 feet in the air? There are five sets in each room. Could it be something other than speakers...?
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I believe they are speaker terminals, a thin orange line on one gold connector, a red line on the other. Anyone have any ideas...? How would you utilize them in your home theater? Your receiver is down near ground level, why are the speakers 15 feet in the air? There are five sets in each room. Could it be something other than speakers...?

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Will post pic as soon as I get one. They look like wall plate with two gold connectors for banana plugs, so I assume they are speakers. But, there is no main plate that you can connect to a receiver. So what the heck are all these prewired plates wired to...?
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how about asking the prior owner/real estate agent also.....
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the previous owner said it is wired for speakers. there was no discussion beyond that. i guess that was not the priority at the time. is it normal to wire speakers just shy of the ceiling, and in adjacent rooms?
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Whatever normal is doesn't really matter, the question is whether or not you intend to try using them as is.

If so, there's bound to be another end to each cable somewhere in the house, most likely all concentrated in one closet or something.

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so a-hunting i will go. huge house. the connections do not end up at the opposite wall to what I thought to be the rear speaker terminals in each room. So it stands to reason there will be a main plate with connections for a receiver for speakers a and b.
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Time to get out an ohmmeter and some very long test lead wires to find what goes to what.

The obvious reason that occurs to me for having the plates up high is that that is where the rear or surround speakers were mounted to the wall; up high.
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all of the plates are up at ceiling level. seems strange to me, to have them up so high. wouldn't that compromise the integrity of the sound?
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Time to get out an ohmmeter and some very long test lead wires to find what goes to what.
You only need a short wire (and an assistant to make the process quicker). Short one pair at the destination end and use the DVM to determine which pair it is. Mark the cable and repaet for all the others.

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all of the plates are up at ceiling level. seems strange to me, to have them up so high. wouldn't that compromise the integrity of the sound?
They probably weren't interested in fidelity, probably background sound and/or having the speakers out of the way.
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They were probably for wall or ceiling mounted speakers similar to what you see at restaurants. There must be a terminal or closet somewhere for the source signal to feed into the system.
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Maybe just a sound/music distribution system? Good luck with your hunt!

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Thanks for the luck. They've had no luck locating the main plate. And, even worse, the speakers are in the two rooms flanking where they'll actually want the surround sound system. I am envisioning a main plate with connections for two sets of speakers (speaker a and b). So we'll have to move one set of wires into the center room. This is not going to be easy. It may just be easier to forget the in-wall connections and set up a traditional surround sound running new wire. Lame.
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