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Hi all,


I am new to the luxurious world of AVS, so please bear with me. I recently purchased a Panasonic UT50, Denon 1612 receiver, and Energy Take Classic 5.1 I have a room that is about 20x20, and am looking to do a non in-wall installation of the cables. Am I correct in assuming that the following products are all that I need? Thanks!


1. 1" tubes to house my wires along the perimeter of the room
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052005&p_id=7118&seq=1&format=2


2. 5 pairs of closed-screw banana plugs
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040115&p_id=2801&seq=1&format=2


3. 100 ft of 12AWG speaker cable
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2817&seq=1&format=2


4. Hi-speed HDMI for receiver to display
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1024008&p_id=3871&seq=1&format=2


5. Two sets of standing speaker mounts for fronts and rear (however, I am split between choosing standing mounts vs. Atlantic wall mounts. Any benefit between the two?)
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10903&cs_id=1082819&p_id=3022&seq=1&format=2


6. Surge protector rated at 2880 joules
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10907&cs_id=1090702&p_id=9200&seq=1&format=2


7. Subwoofer RCA cable (should I get a dual RCA or a single RCA?)
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021814&p_id=5348&seq=1&format=2


Thanks for your patience!


-Justin
 

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Welcome to AVS.


From an aesthetics standpoint, are you OK with the 1" black tubes running around the perimeter of your room? Is thinner expandable techflex or running the speakerwire under the carpet or baseboard an option? The 12AWG speakerwire you linked will work fine, but it's technically for in-wall applications (although I use the same stuff "out of wall"). I would personally mount the surrounds as it's one less thing that can be knocked over by kids, dogs, or clumsy people.
 

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Thanks for your quick response. Ideally, I would prefer a more aesthetically pleasing method of hiding the cables. Since it is a townhome that I rent I can't run the line under the carpet. I will investigate the expandable techflex and running it along the baseboard. Thanks for the tip on the mounted speakers. I was worried that I may not install them correctly, but i am sure that as long as I find the studs they will hold fine (lots of drywall around my basement).
 

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a more aesthetically pleasing option to the pipe is a product called "wiremold".... i've used that with great success....


i currently use a combination of a techflexed snake and crown molding and a soffit... you can get the crown stuff at your local big box store... just use small brads and nail it aling the baseboard so you can easily remove it... my whole "hide the wires" job can be completely removed without a trace if necessary...


good luck...
with a bit of patience and creativity, you can make them disappear...
 

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Chris-are you referring to the rounded single-cable Wiremold with the flat adhesive side or something else? I loved that particular product and used it everywhere until one by one they began to separate from walls and baseboards
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actually, they make a couple different flavors now... my preference is for the "flatter" model (it's rectangular in shape, vs the round stuff)...


i pretty much guarantee the rectangular stuff won't come off the walls on it's own... it will come off with patience and a bit of effort....


i did not exercise the patience part as well as i should have in the recent re-wire, and it took hunks of plaster off in some places... dunno what that adhesive is on there, but it is STRONG...
 

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wow-sounds like the rectangular stuff adheres very well, unlike the "Cordmate" single cable rounded product I used. I should've realized this as the flat/adhesive surface area was less than 1/2".
 

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yea.... it STICKS...


my old man used the cordmate, and he had some peeling issues too... i chalked that up to "user error", but maybe i should have gicen him the benefit of the doubt...
 

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If you have carpet, and baseboards that aren't super tight down onto the carpet, you can tuck speaker cables under the baseboards, and they disappear when the carpet poofs back up.
 

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Wiremold works very well if you have really flat walls. Unfortunately this is not always a case. But you always can use a couple of screws to supplement adhesive. But one thing for sure - do not try to pull it off. It will come with piece of drywall.
 

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i wish i had really flat walls...
i'd settle for one straight wall... at least then i wouldn't have to shim my screen...


but after 110 years, i'm just happy that the house still is standing up...
 
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