Originally Posted by XxJimmyFalconxX
I did. I bought a 100 foot roll of 16 gauge wire from Parts Express. Turns out I didn't have enough wire because my living room is too large. I wound up only having enough for a 5.1 setup. Very happy with my system other then the fact that the hdmi portion of my 680 receiver has apparently died.
16AWG wire is good at 8 ohms for up to about 48 feet, then loss at higher frequencies starts to occur. Most people can't tell the difference because the frequencies are too high but at 70', 80', and higher who knows? Loss of fidelity may become noticeable. BTW, any 16AWG wire that is shielded will work, you don't need special "speaker wire". As to the question about High Speed HDMI vs optical, I don't believe that optical (toslink) can pass thru lossless audio so yes, there will be a difference in audio fidelity between the two, and if your wire is too long........