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I'm doing renovations in my new home right now, and I have an option of running wires behind the sheetrock wall in my living room, I've already ran the cableTV wire behind it, so its hidden. I dont have the speaker system yet and I was wandering for a home theater speaker setup how I should prepeare:

how should I run the wires,

what wire I should buy,

what positions should it be in.

I also dont like to see speakers, what can I do about that, I can't really make holes for it, cause I dont have the system yet, maybe some other way to hide it.


My living room 12 feet by 20 feet, a little over 8 feet in height. Drawing of room attached.


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some suggestions:


-when you run ht wire, just attach it to the studs in the approximate location where your speakers will go. then just punch a hole in the wall when you need acces to the wires. presumably you will mount the speaker or have a wall plate where the hole was punched. take good notes and pics of the locations. use a tape measure + refrence point in your pics. put an empty electrical box behind the drywall at each speaker location.


-run conduit from behind the av system to the main speaker locations. you could then run your main speaker cables via the conduit. i use one length of cable,and just have a holein a blank wall plate to trim out where the wire enters the wall.


-run wire for two-three sets of rears. one above the window, and a pair in front of and behind the hallway. again secure the wire behind the wall, and you won't see any of it until you use it.


-run rg6 coax to two locations for subs. i would do one to each corner of the room by the a/v system.


-run cat5 ethernet to the a/v system. drop it into a closet somewhere, or where ever your computer will be.


-i used 16 gauge wire for my surrounds for cost reasons. stuff from home depot will work. i went the conduit route in front so i could feed fat cables through the wall.
 

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Be careful about running speaker wires next to electrical wiring or else you might be disappointed when you hear the 60 hertz buzzzzzz. Keep the wiring at least a foot away. You can cross over electrical wiring but that's all.
 

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Be careful about running speaker wires next to electrical wiring or else you might be disappointed when you hear the 60 hertz buzzzzzz. Keep the wiring at least a foot away. You can cross over electrical wiring but that's all.
I was told that this wasn't the case with speaker wire.


I don't know which to believe. I kept everything as far away from each other as possible, just to be safe.
 
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