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Upgrading In-Wall Speaker Wire: Worth It?

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Just received my 5.1 distribution wall plate from Monoprice and debating if it's worth upgrading the speaker wire in my walls before installing it...

Originally all I used was the wire included with my HKTS 15 speakers, which is not rated for in wall use (and I believe is only 16 gauge). Obviously these are not huge speakers with big power requirements, so I'm debating if it's worth upgrading to a heavier gauge in-wall speaker wire?


HKTS 15 speaker details:

SAT-TS15 Satellites
Recommended Power: 10 – 80 Watts
Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal
Sensitivity: 86dB @ 1 Watt/1 meter
Tweeter: One 1/2" dome, video-shielded
Midrange: One 3" driver, video-shielded

CEN-TS15 Center
Recommended Power: 10 – 80 Watts
Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal
Sensitivity: 86dB @ 1 Watt/1 meter
Tweeter: One 3/4" dome, video-shielded
Midrange: Dual 3" drivers, video-shielded
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Wondering if this thread should be moved to General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms?
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You should upgrade the wiring regardless since you are out of code and could void your homeowners insurance policy should you ever have a fire.
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You should upgrade the wiring regardless since you are out of code and could void your homeowners insurance policy should you ever have a fire.

The in-wire rated cables for low-voltage are about durability and toxic fumes produced during burning. They aren't going to start a fire, nor should any insurance issues come about (IMO). This is very different than running un-rated line-voltage power cables against code (like TV power cords instead of using a PowerBridge).

Not even sure if wire types for low-volt cables would even be mentioned in residential code (very well may, but the concern and rating is mostly about massive amounts of the stuff burning in commercial buildings).

I'd leave it. But yes, if anyone is putting in new cables, please do use in-wall rated cabling for everything.

Jeff
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