In-wall speaker cable opinions wanted

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  1. Todd Schnell

    Todd Schnell Second Unit

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    Hello all,
    I recently re-arranged the living/HT room.
    Added rear surrounds to the new Denon 5803.
    Cheap Yamaha book shelf speakers back there temporarily.
    Will upgrade those soon.
    At first I planned on running speaker cable under the carpet for surrounds.
    It just isn't going to be neat enough, so I need to run it through the wall into the attic & down the side-walls.
    I have no technical problem running wires, but I want to make sure that I only do it once with quality cable.
    Anyway to the point.
    I'm looking for 80-100' 12ga wire without spending a fortune, but I don't want to sacrifice sound quality.
    Parts Express has Carol 12ga 100"
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...number=100-740
    Anyone familiar with this cable?
    Home Depot carries this brand, but the best they had at the one store I checked out is 16ga.
    I don't mind spending a bit more than this, but I think the
    monster cable at $1.40 a ft is overpriced.
    Any other cable suggestions are appreciated.
    Todd
    edit = corrected link (thanks Bill)
     
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Screenwriter

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    Todd,

    I think you've found the working solution in Carol Cable 12/2 in-wall, twisted copper red/black wires in a gray CL-3 PVC sheath that's not stiff at all.

    I am sitting on a 100-ft hank ready to run once I get into my attic.

    While a good number of folks say 'just get 12gauge at Home Depot,' the operative situation is getting fire-code rated in-wall wire. Sure, you may install it yourself, but down the line, for any post-fire home insurance claims, fire-code rated is prudent, don't you think?

    For those who click on Todd's link, the partsexpress part no. is 100-740.
     
  3. Rob Landolfi

    Rob Landolfi Stunt Coordinator

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    Todd,

    I used the Carol 12-ga from partsexpress for my in-wall application, and have been extremely satisfied with it. Though Home Depot (and Lowes) offer 12-ga in-wall wire, I had a difficult time finding it actually in stock and went with parts express after striking out at both places. Fast, friendly service with a tech-support line that answered all my questions at a great price made it easy to go with partsexpress.
     
  4. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    ya took the words right out of my mouth there Mr. Kane. Most prudent!
     
  5. Pete Jennings

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    AudioAdvisor has Acoustic Research Professional Series 14/4 CL3 in-wall wire for $.50 a foot. I used this for my rears (I paired up the individual wires to make 11/2 out of it). They also have 14/2 for $.30 a foot.
    Great stuff for the $$.
    Pete
     
  6. Todd Schnell

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    Thanks guys for the opinions so far.

    I corrected my original link to the Carol cable.
    Not sure what happened, but I could have sworn the link checked out when I posted it.
    Thanks Bill for pointing this out & listing the part #.

    I have used parts express before & agree on their great prices & speedy service, though shipping can be high if your only ordering a few cheap items.

    Pete brings up another option in going with 14/4 pairing.
    Any advantage or disadvantages going this route?

    Just an update I went for the the Carol cable.
    For the surrounds I think it will suffice.

    Todd
     

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