Running speaker wire/cable and placement

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  1. Troy.S

    Troy.S Auditioning

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    I've seen several good discussions regarding speaker wire quality, size and the affects (real or perceived) on sound quality. I have yet to find a good discussion on wire placement such as in-wall wiring and how close speaker wire should be placed next to AC or electrical wire or audio and video cables. Are there guidelines? Does the placement of different wire types affect sound quality? Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Speaker outputs are a high-level signal (low voltage A/C) and are not as prone to EMI as low-level interconnect signals are. This is why speaker wire is not shielded. Theoretically it is fine to run speaker wiring near electrical lines, but most installers prefer “better safe than sorry” and keep parallel speaker wires a foot or two away from electrical lines.

    It is not a problem to run signal and speaker cables together. That is why the former is shielded.

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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     

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