types of speaker wire for in wall

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  1. Joseph Salerno

    Joseph Salerno Auditioning

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    Hi,
    I'm am setting up my first HT and would like to hide speaker wires in walls as much as possible. I was wondering if the type of speaker wire made a difference? I've seen what they call "in wall". If I route the speaker wire thru the wall/ceiling, should I use the in-wall wire vs. the regular speaker-wire? Is there a difference between the two? I'm also considering the "flat-wire" if I cannot get into walls. Thank you
     
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Screenwriter

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    Joseph,
    The general response here is to follow Electrical Code and use CL-2 or CL-3 rated “in-wall” wire that uses shielding resistant to heat/flame gas emissions. It also is a move that could make a difference in abiding by homeowner insurance standards should there be a fire, god forbid, and subsequent inspection. HERE is a nice little PDF on this from Crutchfield.
    On this forum, it’s generally recommended using 12-gauge, despite the scale shown by Crutchfield for the added stability from higher-frequency rolloff.
    Many like the CarolCable 12-gauge 2-conductor from partsexpress.com HERE Part 100-740. Home Depot also may carry spools of 12AVG CL-2/CL-3.
    If you're thinking about a third rear (rear center) speaker some day, you can run that now or get the 4-conductor roll which wud involve a splice. At 19cents a ft for 2-conductor you cud just as well run three of these cables
    Flatwire is much more costly, but there are lots of types out there, including "stick-on" and paintable versions.
     
  3. Joseph Salerno

    Joseph Salerno Auditioning

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    Thanks for the reply and the tips on where to look to buy.
     
  4. Aaron H

    Aaron H Supporting Actor

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    I am just about to buy a 250 foot spool of 12 guage wire from Home Depot to run my surrounds in-wall. The wire is made my Leviton and is about $55 for the spool. Anyone know if this wire is rated CL2/CL3? I'll have to check when I go back later, I guess.

    Aaron
     

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