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David Preston

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When I first hooked up my ht system I was running my speaker wire to the back speakers through the attic. My wire came up a little short. I found some more wire and spliced(twisted) it to the other and put electrical tape around it. So basically its in two sections just put together. It may even be different guages. Am I screwing anything up by doing this. If I have to replace it can I just use regular 12 guage speaker wire? Thanks.
 

Bob McElfresh

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The rear speakers of a HT system do not carry critical sounds like dialog, soundtracks, etc. So I doubt the breaks or different gauges make any difference at all.

If/when you upgrade to a 6.1 system (with a rear-center speaker), by all means put in 3 runs of good 12 ga. (Your labor to run the wire is usually much more expensive than the cost of the wire).

While not ideal, breaks in the wire are not really a problem for the sound. Just try and do a good job covering the wires (to reduce oxidization 2-3 years down the road) and strain-relief the break so it does not pull apart.
 

David Preston

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Thanks Bob for the info. I probably will replace in the future. Since its ok like it is it's not my main priority now.
 

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