Interference on speaker wires from electrical lines?

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  1. DaveWeis

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    I'm getting ready to hook up my A/V receiver in my basement and I noticed that some of my speaker wires that I ran through the walls are very near to 120V AC lines. The speaker wires come as close as 1/4 inch to the AC lines. Could this be a likely source of noise or interference? Should I go through the hassle of rerouting the speaker wires, or is this unlikely to pose any noticeable noise? Any advice appreciated.

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    Dave
     
  2. Chu Gai

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    If the wire you put into the walls was rated CL2/3, meaning it meets code for in-wall installation per the NEC, and it's twisted, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    All of mine are in the same position and I have not noticed any noise at all through my speakers. I used 12/10 awg stranded high temp/high volt wire. I have always used that type of wire without any trouble so far.
    I asked Chu about other issues in another thread and feel everything is just fine with the way I ran my wires.
     
  4. DaveWeis

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    Thanks Guys, unfortunately I ran Monster XP speaker wire, not CL2/3. I guess I'll find out when I hook it up whether or not the 120V lines will cause interference.
     
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    I think heat is the big factor. If it is not in an attic you will be ok.
     
  6. Chu Gai

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    Well what you could do is use the Monster as a 'snake' and pull some inwall rated stuff through. That is if you intend on meeting local building code and all that. I won't tell you to attach one end to a drill and just twist it. Right? I didn't tell you that.
     

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