Originally Posted by genaccmiller
Why are you recommending 12g and not 14g and will I need shielded wires?
Assuming cost by DIY wiring will save me $400 and assuming I buy the onkyo tx-rz830, that could end up saving $700. The onkyo is on sale for $499 and I could start with a 5.1.4 set up. Or i could save up an additional $500 if I give up the Atmos and just started with 5 1. I could still wire for Atmos, just not install the speakers.
Which leads to my questions:
1. Should I go with onkyo?
2. How easy is wiring by myself?
3. Is Atmos necessary?
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If you wish to save some money... get the Onkyo while on open-box sale.
It's about the easiest part of an install job... just be sure to read up before tackling it, and be thorough and take your time.
12 gauge wire isn't that much more expensive than 14 gauge and it's a good catch-all wire thickness... just in case. It certainly won't hurt. Make sure it's in-wall rated. You don't need shielded speaker cable or Cat6. Just make sure you keep low voltage and electrical wire at least
12 inches away if they are being run in parallel in the walls, and always cross paths at 90 degrees, so as to minimize any interference.
Electrical power, if you are unfamiliar with it, should be done by a trained electrician. Don't handle this part if you are unsure.
Atmos is the bomb. A gotta have feature.
I also updated my previous post. FYI