Originally Posted by uEih
Getting a new set for my room in a few days and it's a 7.1, can't wait for it. I want to run my speaker wires along the baseboard and possibly through the wall so it can be mounted near the ceiling. I just have a few questions regarding that, some are safety. I have my living room TV mounted and i know you can't run the power cable through the wall so you need an outlet near the TV.
You can run power cables through the wall, if you follow your local electrical code. The rules are a little more stringent for power wiring because of the voltages and currents involved are dangerous unless you do a fairly short list of things right.
I was wondering if you can run speaker wires through walls without any special steps like needing one of those voltage boxes or anything?
Your local electrical code also contains rules for putting cables in the wall that don't involve such potentially dangerous voltages and currents as your AC power system. The short list of rules is even shorter.
Around here most home improvement stores sell or give away books about electrical wiring that have enough information to keep a reasonable person out of trouble.
Until you really know what you are doing, leave AC power wiring to professionals!
The basics are that you want your in-wall audio wiring to be able to carry the desired signal, be mechanically stable, and not create a fire hazard. BTW, in-wall wiring that meets code for AC power and is not connected to your house's power system is legal for lower-powered applications like speakers.
Also any opinions on mounting it high and pointing down? First time having the speakers that high so i was wondering if it'll be the same as ear level?
Speakers sound different depending where in the room you put them. Various speakers seem to be more ideal for mounting in different locations. If you put a speaker in the middle of the room the bass will be minimized. If you put it in a corner of the room where 3 surfaces come together, the bass will be maximized.
I really want to run the wires through the walls with just an in-wall speaker wire if possible so i can make the holes as small as possible.
Usually the size of the holes you end up making in the wall depends a lot on what is already inside the wall. Unknown to you, your wall may have a number of barriers, such as studs (vertical beams in the wall every so many inches) already in it. There may be horizontal obstructions as well.
There are tools called electronic stud finders that you can use to estimate the location of studs and other concealed obstructions.