I'm getting ready to finish my basement and I have speaker wire that will runs in the ceiling (on the joists) and up to our family room. Do I really need in-wall wire or is any speaker wire fine for this? BTW, I currently have AR 14Ga wire.
I suppose that depends on whether or not it will be inspected.
Inwall rated cable is designed for fire resistance as well as smooth jacketing for easier pulling. I have heard "stories" that if your house burns down and the can say it was the fault of the wrong type of cable in the wall that your insurance would not pay.
Now having said that my experience is that inwall cable is often the same price as regular cable.
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