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If you had to, extending spkr wire....

If you had short spkr wires that were fished for a multi zone system, only about a foot or two coming out of the walls, and of course you needed five or six feet. What connectors would you use to extend 5’-6’, its for a friends Sonos system.....

Its four zones, 8 wires in all run to inwalls, all too short

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I see butt connectors used all the time in car stereo's...

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Solder the ends to new lengths of cable or use a wall plate with speaker terminals on it.

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I see butt connectors used all the time in car stereo's...
Thats what i was thinkin, it is background music

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Depends on how anal you are butt connectors and some shrink tube will be just fine. For me i would solder and shrink tube at the very least but for maximum pro points do as suggested, add a wall plate and then connect to that .
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I'd probably solder and shrink as well, or use a series crimp (I have the tools though) but an alternative would be the two screw versions of these. Dunno what they're called in the US. They are usually open at both ends so they can be used in series (wires in one end, out the other). A bit of nail polish on the tightened screws will ensure they don't vibrate loose.

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The two best choices, as have been mentioned are -

- Crimp Butt Connectors - available at any hardware or building supply store -

https://www.homedepot.com/s/butt%2520connector?NCNI-5

Stick wire in from each end and crimp them tight. Connector are color coded for the size wire they will work with.



You can buy Crimping Tool Kits that come with an assortment of Connectors for a very reasonable mount of money.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-...-67K/202518592



- Solder and Heat Shrink Tubing - these are also available from the Hardware and Building Supply store.

- - you will need a 35w to 45w Soldering Iron of decent quality.
- - you will need ELECTRONIC Rosin Core Solder. Typically very thin solder.
- - Heat Shink tubing can also be bought at the local Hardware or Building supply store, though most commonly in Black

https://www.parts-express.com/variab...watts--370-340

https://www.parts-express.com/cat/solder/513

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Soldering will give the most permanent and true connection. Where as Crimping is easier.

The last alternative and this is commonly used in house wiring are -

Wire Nuts - Also a very common item and readily available in local stores -


https://www.homedepot.com/s/wire%2520nut?NCNI-5

Again Color Coded for the size wire being used. You can buy assortment packs of Wire Nuts.

Twist the wires together, then twist on the Wire Nuts. Frequently people will additionally secure the connection by wrapping it in Electrical Tape.

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lotsa nice looking Audio Wall plates for sale on Amazon/aliexpress type places

this would make for a nice tidy solution

then you could always do like i did ,and make nice looking speaker wires

wire
nakamichi banana plugs(like $1 per on ali )
and grab Expanding Braid Sleeve to fit over the wire ..heat shrink that on to hold in place(think its 2 -3 times total length for each run but the stuffs super cheap on ali )

makes a fancy speaker cable at FRACTION of the cost of purchased ones

i used 2x 14 awg per wire which gives equivalent 11 awg at lot lower cost,all concealed in the nice expanding Braid

lotsa youtube vids on the process too
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lotsa nice looking Audio Wall plates for sale on Amazon/aliexpress type places

this would make for a nice tidy solution

then you could always do like i did ,and make nice looking speaker wires

wire
nakamichi banana plugs(like $1 per on ali )
and grab Expanding Braid Sleeve to fit over the wire ..heat shrink that on to hold in place(think its 2 -3 times total length for each run but the stuffs super cheap on ali )

makes a fancy speaker cable at FRACTION of the cost of purchased ones

i used 2x 14 awg per wire which gives equivalent 11 awg at lot lower cost,all concealed in the nice expanding Braid

lotsa youtube vids on the process too
this is what i would do.

since that is similar to what i have now.

i have extended speaker wires with butt connectors, wire nuts, and also used a “connector plate”. all with no issues. the only thing that matters is making a solid electrical connection (and not making the total run so long that the wire gauge you are using is too small).
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I would solder and cover with heat shrink tube.

I would avoid connectors as it adds another component into the chain and it gets bulky. Anything that locks the wire with pressure can loosen over time as the twisted wire tends to spread out and get thinner.
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