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Hey all,

I am looking for some assistance from anyone who knows more than me, which should be just about anyone.


My wife and I just bought a house and are having new carpet installed in the family room. I was going to hold off on buying a new receiver/speakers/tv until after we settled in, until my wife suggested that buying these and laying the wires before the carpet is installed might be beneficial.


I am not sure how to do this...


Do I have the carpet guys simply install the carpet on top of the speaker wire and leave myself some slack for the surrounds?


I am planning on buying the Onkyo SR 606 receiver and the Onkyo SKS-H240 speaker package. Is this a good combo?


I assume that it makes sense to upgrade the speaker wire, but I don't know what to select or how much wire to leave for the surrounds.

Any recommendations on the speaker wire I should purchase? How much length should I leave?


The room is 15 x 16.


The carpet will be installed on July 7th.


Thanks in advance...
 

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I am not sure how to do this...


Do I have the carpet guys simply install the carpet on top of the speaker wire and leave myself some slack for the surrounds?
That's about it. Just lay the wire across the floor from the receiver to rear speaker locations. They can lay the pad and carpet on top of it.


Leave some slack at the receiver end, too, as well as the surrounds-end.
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I assume that it makes sense to upgrade the speaker wire, but I don't know what to select...
If the wire is going to be run across the floor (as opposed to around the edge of the room at the baseboards) I recommend flat speaker wire. That way you won't feel it through the carpet when you step on it. Check Radio Shack, I think they sell some.


However, if you intend to have the wire run through the wall at any point, you'll need to use some in-wall rated CL2 wire instead.
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...or how much wire to leave for the surrounds
Umm, enough to get to where they are going to be located? Seems painfully obvious, so maybe I'm missing something...


Regards,

Wayne A. Pflughaupt
 

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thanks wayne...i appreciate your feedback...when i questioned how much speaker wire to leave, i assumed i would need to leave extra just in case, but wasn't sure how much extra to leave...


does it make sense to tape the wire to the floor prior to them installing the carpet? if so, what type of tape is recommended?


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thanks wayne...i appreciate your feedback...when i questioned how much speaker wire to leave, i assumed i would need to leave extra just in case, but wasn't sure how much extra to leave...


does it make sense to tape the wire to the floor prior to them installing the carpet? if so, what type of tape is recommended?


thanks

Some years ago I laid wire on the floor before it was carpeted. The installers taped the wires down every few feet or so. The tape was something that one of them kept in his tool box. They taped it they said, to keep the wires from shifting as people walked across them. If wires were located under an area where people regularly changed direction they would be pushed away from the turning area. The wires were thinly insulated 16 AWG and 18 AWG. The pad was that chopped up poly foam (re-bond?). In any case you really couldn't feel them underfoot. Rather than try to figure out how much extra to leave at each speaker location I terminated the runs with phone jacks tight to the walls.


This worked well for several years, until I redid the room and moved the wire to the crawl space (God forgive me, I didn't use CL x wire. The local building inspector said she didn't know about God, but she didn't see a problem.)
 
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