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I have a 7.1 system that has speaker wire that is sort of Frankenstein'd at this point, as every time I move apartments I have to add/subtract speaker wires to each speaker to get the required distance. Not sure but I would guess 3 different types of speaker wire and probably over 10 splices along the track altogether. It's kind of gnarly and unprofessional looking.


I was thinking about just buying new speaker wire and banana plugs and make all wire long enough for any setup in any new home, and tape up excess wire and stuff under the speaker stands/couch in the meantime. That way I never (hopefully) have to splice again. I need some help though with this idea...


1. I was going to buy 16AWG 250ft of speaker wire, run 50ft to both surrounds, 65ft to both rear surrounds, and 10ft to fronts/center. I would think this would be plenty for any sized room? Or is that too much?

2. Do banana plugs fit inside speaker stands? Seems like they'd be too big. It'd sure be nice to attach them once and never have to worry about messing with your wiring again except routing it.

3. I want to buy the wiremold cord hiding kit (the flat one). Will 4 monoprice 16AWG (for wall installation) wires even fit in this kit? Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about.


Wire - http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023903&p_id=2824&seq=1&format=2

Banana - http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040115&p_id=9436&seq=1&format=2

Wiremold - http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-CMK50-CordMate-Computer-Entertainment/dp/B0015EDVVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367590474&sr=8-1&keywords=wiremold


Thanks for any help.
 

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Originally Posted by tuffluck  /t/1471140/speaker-wiring-questions#post_23274346


I have a 7.1 system that has speaker wire that is sort of Frankenstein'd at this point, as every time I move apartments I have to add/subtract speaker wires to each speaker to get the required distance. Not sure but I would guess 3 different types of speaker wire and probably over 10 splices along the track altogether. It's kind of gnarly and unprofessional looking.


I was thinking about just buying new speaker wire and banana plugs and make all wire long enough for any setup in any new home, and tape up excess wire and stuff under the speaker stands/couch in the meantime. That way I never (hopefully) have to splice again. I need some help though with this idea...


1. I was going to buy 16AWG 250ft of speaker wire, run 50ft to both surrounds, 65ft to both rear surrounds, and 10ft to fronts/center. I would think this would be plenty for any sized room? Or is that too much?

2. Do banana plugs fit inside speaker stands? Seems like they'd be too big. It'd sure be nice to attach them once and never have to worry about messing with your wiring again except routing it.

3. I want to buy the wiremold cord hiding kit (the flat one). Will 4 monoprice 16AWG (for wall installation) wires even fit in this kit? Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about.


Wire - http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023903&p_id=2824&seq=1&format=2

Banana - http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040115&p_id=9436&seq=1&format=2

Wiremold - http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-CMK50-CordMate-Computer-Entertainment/dp/B0015EDVVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367590474&sr=8-1&keywords=wiremold


Thanks for any help.

For such long cables, I would be safe and upgrade to 12 gauge.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239


The Cordmate kit you mention is based on C50 wire channel which is 1" x 1/2" outside dimensions. It might be a little tight for speaker cables with a decent gauge of wire in them.

http://www.legrand.us/~/media/3C08916A968B48DB9B442796D7F5FE38.ashx


You can find this product or something like it in most big box home improvrment stores and many hardware stores, so you might be able to see how your wires would fit before you spend your money.
 

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Is there any other cord wiring apparatus I could use? I live in a rented townhome, so I cannot drill holes in the wall. I also have hardwood, so under the carpet isn't possible either. I need to go around the perimeter of the room. 12AWG isn't going to help the matter either.
 

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Is there any other cord wiring apparatus I could use?

Tons of them.

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=wiremold

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=wiremold

http://www.lowes.com/Search=wiremold?storeId=10151&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&N=0&newSearch=true&Ntt=wiremold# !


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I live in a rented townhome, so I cannot drill holes in the wall. I also have hardwood, so under the carpet isn't possible either. I need to go around the perimeter of the room. 12AWG isn't going to help the matter either.

The lengths you mentioned control the size issue.
 

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Well the 45ft was just being safe so I don't have to splice anymore! But my couch is about 12ft away and I have to go around a wall about 6ft away from it. So that's really only about 30ft required. I'm just thinking if I ever move somewhere else, I might need 10 more ft. What do you guys think?
 
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