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Alright I just bought:
2 boston acoustics a360s
2 boston acoustics a25s
boston acoustic a225c
fi q 18
denon 4310
I believe I got a great deal on all these items and am thoroughly looking forward to hooking everything up.
I still need to buy a ep2500/4000 and ill also be buying a projector in the future.
So obviously I'll need an HDMI cable to hook to the projector when I get it, but what do i need to hook the sub to the amp and what terminals should I get for the sub? the amp to the receiver? what ga speaker wire should I get for the subs/mains/surrounds/center?
And anything else I should know...
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Brett
 

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I would suggest 12ga wire. Lamp cord works, and costs less than "speaker wire".
The sub amp just needs either an RCA cable(subwoofer cable is just an expensive way to pay for half a stereo RCA) or an RCA to 1/4 or XLR(depends which the EP takes, but is more or less "pointless" to buy anything other than an RCA)
As an example...mono RCA
http://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-Value-03168-Meters/dp/B0002GUBGA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344316991&sr=1-1&keywords=mono+rca+cable
Subwoofer cable
http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ultra-Shielded-Subwoofer-Connectors/dp/B003FVYXY0/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344317055&sr=1-2&keywords=subwoofer+cable (I like that this cable actually says everything you can use it for)
You can even use a composite video cable if you have one laying around...
composite=digital coax=shielded subwoofer
As for the speaker terminal for the box you build...
Just get a binding post, it looks better than spring terminals.
http://www.amazon.com/Round-Speaker-Terminal-Gold-Binding/dp/B002KN158Q/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344317301&sr=1-11&keywords=binding+post (first I saw...get flush if you'd rather have flush)
 

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14 or even 16 gauge speaker wire will work just fine, too - and may be easier to work with than the thicker 12 gauge wire.

See what deals you can find locally or online - no need to spend a fortune on speaker wire (or any wires for that matter).
 

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The only reason I said lamp cord...every hardware store in America has spools upon spools of it. Last time I bought some 12ga, I bought a 500ft spool at Lowe's(Could have been Home Depot)...
So far it has re-wired a vacuum cleaner, 2 home theaters, made some battery cables for a lawnmower and a couple of lamps.
I probably still have a 100ft or so of it left. And I bought it 4 years ago???
Speaking of which, two of my HT(I have 4, 3 in this house and a 4th in the cottage) are using cords I cut off an iron and toaster that had died...
Basically if the wire is good enough to provide 1200 watts to a toaster for your morning bagel...it will handle running your center speaker...(that is of course, once the toaster has died and gone to bagel heaven...)
 

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I'm confused, my original sub from years ago connected to the receiver with an rca cable.
Does the DIY sub have speaker wire going from the sub to the amp then xlr or 1/4" (which is prefered) to rca into the receiver? Or will the cables going from the sub to receiver also be xlr or 1/4"?
Then hdmi from xbox, tv, laptop and anything else into hdmi of the receiver? What all goes to HDMI In (xbox, laptop) then HDMI out would be to the tv?
I want to get everything ordered so I can set it all up the day I get back to my place.
Edit*
EP4000:
Input Connectors
2 x XLR Inputs
2 x 1/4" Inputs
Output Connectors
2 x Speakon Outputs
2 x Touch-Proof Binding Post Outputs
 

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Since the 4000 apparently doesn't have RCA...
http://www.amazon.com/Premier-XLR-Male-16AWG-Cable/dp/B001UJH0XU/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344384849&sr=1-4&keywords=rca+xlr (make sure you either need the male or female XLR)
or
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=rca+1%2F4+cable&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Arca+1%2F4+cable (for some reason, can't find a single)
or...
http://www.amazon.com/RCA-Jack-Mono-Plug-Adapter/dp/B0002KR5PG/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344385044&sr=1-3&keywords=rca+1%2F4+adapter
1/4 TR/TRS/TRRS is the "oldest" connector between the trio, counting RCA and XLR...having been created shortly after the telephone itself.
 

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mk im getting 6 hdmi cables for laptop, xbox, tv/projector
getting a mini hdmi for the phone if need be
even though i'm running the amp bridged i only need one cable from receiver to amp still right?
getting some extra banana plugs (seems like extra cant hurt)
do I need anything special for a blue ray player if I ever buy one?
Are there any other electronics that commonly get hooked up into the AVR?
 

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Uhm "everything"...
My main theater 2 years ago(till I finally retired some stuff)...
Technics turntable
VHS
Upscale DVD(BD is not the last word in upscaling)
BD
reel 2 reel
HD-DVR
Wii
Cassette
CD-R
Laptop
On occasion, my phone
 

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