In wall speaker wires: how does everyone come out of the wall?

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  1. todbnla

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    When my speaker wires come out of the wall thru the drywall just wondering what everyone is doing? Just coming thru the drywall hanging down? Using boxes w/ plates? Etc.?

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  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    It’s popular to use binding posts mounted to wall plates (w/electrical boxes). However, that’s pretty pricey, and it makes for four times as many termination points as a straight-through connection. Besides, IMO as a former installer, the hallmark of a first-class installation is “no visible wiring,” so what’s the point if no one is going to see them anyway?

    I’d simply install an electrical box and use a blank cover with a hole drilled in the center, and take the wire out directly to the speaker. Or, if your speakers are wall-mounted, you could come straight out of the wall, directly behind them, to the speaker.

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  3. Rutgar

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    Wayne's suggestions are good. Another thought though; If your speakers are away from your walls, and you're running "in-wall" speaker cable, it won't look very good. For that reason, I put in wall plates and wall connectors purchased from Parts Express.

    http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....ctGroup_ID=276

    These all have plenty of options for connectors.

    I then used a decent pair of speaker cables that looked better than "in-wall" speaker cable, to go from the wall plate, to the speakers. Looks good, but as Wayne said, the down side is the additional number of connections. You can see a picture of my speaker connections on my web site below.
     

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