Speaker Wire Problem

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Xander H, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Xander H

    Xander H Agent

    May 2, 2005
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    So I've been refinishing my basement and one of the rooms down there I decided to make into a home theater room. I didn't know what all I was going to buy hardware wise but I ran all the speaker wire behind the drywall for my 7.1 setup.

    I had planned on putting the receiver dead center under the TV in my entertainment center, but when I picked up my Pioneer 1015TX I set it in that spot and realised that it wouldn't have near enough ventilation there (only 2 inches of clearance for it and it gets really hot).

    So I've got an audio pier that will work fine for it, but the problem is that it'll be about 7 foot further than I had planned and I'll need about 10 foot of extra wire coming out of the wall for 6 of the 7 speakers in order to make it reach.

    I'm a big newbie when it comes to home theater equipment so this may not be as big a problem as I think but I'm wondering if there's a piece of hardware I can plug the wire coming out of the wall into and run wire from that to the receiver, or if I need to try to splice extra wire onto the end of each one of em.

    If I do need to splice the wire does anyone have any suggestions for how to do that properly without losing a ton of sound quality? I went top notch and bought some of the best wire I could find so I'd hate to screw it all up just because I had to add extensions to the end of each one.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Aug 5, 1999
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    Katy, TX
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    Welcome to the Forum, Xander!

    There are wall plates you can buy with binding posts. You can find them at Radio Shack, most big-name hardware stores and on-line at suppliers like Parts Express.

    Wall plates will look nice, especially if they are not hidden by the equipment, butwill cost quite a bit more than splicing. As far as the best way to splice, check my Comprehensive Guide to Wire Splicing.

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
  3. chris_everett

    chris_everett Second Unit

    Jul 20, 2003
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    I try to avoid splicing when possible, but if you must, you might as well take advantage and add a nice looking wall plate.

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