Pre-wire

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  1. RichardJB

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    Hi all, I am having a house built and they are about to go in and do the electrical, I have contracted with a company to do a structured wiring system including HT pre-wire, my question is for my surround rears the speaker run is going to be at least 25ft, can anyone let me know if I should
    16 gauge or 10 gauge wire?
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    16 gauge will certainly work, but it is on the small side. 14 gauge is plenty, or 12 gauge if you want to upgrade. 10 gauge is way overkill for surrounds.

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    I'd agree with Wayne that 14 gauge is more than adequate. I ran 14 gauge the same length (25') and then ran 12, no noticable difference at all.
     
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    I too have not really found any difference in listening between 12 and 14, but I will also tell you I just ran 12 in my new room..... just because the price difference wasn't all that great, and I figured f I was going to close up the walls, put the better wire in and I will not have to second guess myself.

    Jeff
     
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    Richard:

    I too am at the wiring stage and for my speakers I ran 14/4 speaker wire to all locations for 7.1 except sub locations. It is rated for in-wall use (CL3 I believe) and can be found fairly cheap by doing a search. This gives me the option of bi-wiring in the future or combining 2 wires together for an effective 11 gauge wire.

    The sub locations are wired with good RG6 for the LFE connection.

    Good Luck
     
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    I am a big fan of using the thickest wire you can get. I just finished putting up the drywall in my HT room and I used 14 guage all around. It was the best price point for the wiring at Home Depot.
     
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    FWIW

    I'm planning on using 12ga. all around for my HT. I have found that there are quite a few interconnects (banana's, spades and such) that will not accept bigger than 12ga. I guess you could trim to fit by why add a step if you don't need to?

    My vote 12ga.

    My .02
     

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