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In-wall vs. Std Speaker Cable

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Kurt_M, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Kurt_M

    Kurt_M Member

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    I am framing up my HT and am to the point of running some speaker wire. I went to Home Depot to pick some up but they don't have in-wall rated wire. Does it matter if I use the regular stuff or am I better off/ forced to use the in-wall wire?

    I went to partsexpress.com and the in-wall stuff is actually cheaper which to me says it isn't as good quality. I could be just paranoid though.

    Any thoughts and thanks for the input in advance.

    km
     
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    Allan Jayne Well-Known Member

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    Certified in-wall stuff (including cables sometimes trademarked Romex) is just as good as the most expensive boutique speaker cable for the same number gauge. It just doesn't look as good but you won't be seeing it because it is inside the wall. It is also stiffer but once you install it you won't be fidgeting with it.

    In some cities, and/or for certain kinds of buildings, the wire must be enclosed in a conduit. In a conduit you can string single conductor wires as opposed to Romex type cables.

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  4. Kurt_M

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    Thanks for the reply. Looks like I'll search for in-wall rated wire at either Lowe's or Home Depot. If no luck there then Parts Express it will be.

    BTW I'll take the advice but I don't understand why the need for in-wall rated wire. If the in-wall wire is for fire saftey then it seems like a little overkill because speaker wire would probably be the last thing to a) cause a fire or b) worry about if a fire is started.

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