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Query Regarding "In-wall" speaker wires

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:28 AM   #1  
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Default Query Regarding "In-wall" speaker wires

Hello,

i was trying to hook up my HTIB (Sony BDV-E300) speakers and had a question.
I was planning to take the wires going to the 1)center 2)front-right and 3) front-left speakers "in-wall" from the console/blue-ray player cabinet to the location of the speakers above the wall mounted LCD TV.

I just realized that I will have to get one of those "in-wall" rated speaker wires?
1) If so, any recommendations? I saw a few wires on Monoprice but couldnt decide on the gauge of wire to use.

2) The HTIB-supplied speaker wire connects to my Blue ray player (Sony) via a proprietary/molded jack/adapter. So I guess I will have to get the in-wall speaker wire and use it as an extension by connecting it to the other end of the HTIB-provided wire before going into the wall. If this is a correct way, my question is, should the "in-wall" speaker wire that I purchase be of the same type (gauge) as the HTIB speaker wire?

I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:01 PM   #2  
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you can "splice" on to the existing wire, but I think I would cut it 8 to 10" from the proprietary connector. If you have a soldering iron, strip the ends of the wire, make a twist splice, solder, and wrap with electrician's tape. If you don't want to solder the splice, get some crimp "butt splices" to make a mechanical splice and wrap with tape.

The speaker wire supplied with almost all HTiB is on the very small side, often 20 to 24 gauge. For typical HTiB runs I would recommend 18 gauge for the front 3, and 18 gauge or maybe 16 gauge for the surrounds (longer runs).

You will want to get CL2/CL3 rated wire for in-wall. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2 and you can get these very simple pass through wall plates to dress up the entry/exit from the wall http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
to make the wall cutout "finished", get an "old work" single gang box or low voltage frame to mount the wallplate on http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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