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#223581 - 10/03/08 11:14 AM Speaker Wiring
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
Being very new to this type of entertainment, I have just purchased the following home theater equipment recently:
52" Aquos Sharp LCD HDTV
5100 Signature Series Monster power centre
Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray player
2 HDTV PVR's
Pioneer Elite SC-07 A/V Receiver
I have on order from Axiom the following:
2-M60's V2
VP-150 V2
2-QS8 V2
1-EP500 V2
Where I bought my Pioneer Elite SC-07 the sales rep told me to go with a 16 gauge 4-wire setup which is all incased in one casing. To do this he told me that you will have 2 positive and 2 negative wires like a freeway lane for your signal to reach the speakers, but you have to connect the 2 positive and 2 negatives of each together and attach 1 positive and 1 negative to the receiver and speakers.(If the M60's have 4 binding posts then probably could connect each separate to the speakers and 1 positive and 1 negative to the receiver).

I have no idea as what to buy or do when the speakers get here for the wiring. I do know that the lower the gauge the better, but the bigger the cabling. The cost is $1.40/ft I may be able to get it for $0.80 cents/ft possibly. Also when I get my EP500 is their any wiring needed for it or does it come with it?
The big problem is going to be fridging all this out when it gets here next week. I am still reading on the receiver stuff as the manual is 137 pages.

All help in this issues is so greatly appreciated.
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#223583 - 10/03/08 11:25 AM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: jlcolle]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
use monoprice.com you can get 12 gauge cable for 20-35 cents per foot!

Try this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produc...&seq=1&format=2

or this
I like this b/c of the white cover:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produc...&seq=1&format=2


for the sub try this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produc...&seq=1&format=2


get the appropriate lengths of course.

I would HIGHLY reccomend buying you cables from monoprice, they are really cheap and built nicely.

I bought some HDMI cables from them for about 5 buck each (10 footers) and they are great.

bluejeans cable sells really nice sub cable too, and axiom has great sub cable and speaker cable but it costs a little more.

Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY MONSTER CABLE!
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#223584 - 10/03/08 11:32 AM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: terzaghi]
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
I have currently all monster HDMI cables for my system so far, but not going with them for the speaker or sub cables. I live in Canada so is this site good for me to deal with if I have issues with the cabling? Also what do you think about what the sales rep told me about wiring my system with the 2+ and 2-?
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#223587 - 10/03/08 11:43 AM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: jlcolle]
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Loc: Iowa
Just go to any home improvement store (home depto, lowes, etc.) You can buy wire off the spool per ft cheaply. I like 12 AWG wire. You only need to use two of the binding posts on the speakers and receiver, positive and negative. Coax with RCA ends is what you use for the sub.
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#223589 - 10/03/08 11:50 AM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: SirQuack]
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
If I am reading this right then the 12 AWG wire comes with 4 runs, but I only use 2 correct? I guess I will need banana plugs or some other connectors also for all the speakers too? Tks a bunch so far for all the help.
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#223593 - 10/03/08 12:06 PM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: jlcolle]
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 17753
Loc: NoVA
What the sales rep told you is somewhat accurate, but also overkill. That said, I use it with 4 conductor 14 gauge wires...

Here's an article on this exact subject

Like I said, there's some logic to it, but it's not really necessary.

.80/foot isn't bad, but 1.40/foot is pretty awful.
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#223597 - 10/03/08 12:23 PM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: Ken.C]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I would use bare wire connections on the speakers. Probably best to use banana plugs on the receiver end... you can buy the banana plugs from monoprice too, and just hook them up yourself.

If you just recently bought the monster HDMI cables I would suggest that you return them ASAP and go buy some $5 or $10 HDMI cables from monoprice since they are just as good. IF you are past the return period for you hdmi cables then I would just keep in mind that monoprice has great hdmi cables next time you need some.


just buy the speaker wire with 2 wires like shown in my first post, or if you do want to biwire (you likely won't receive any benefit) then you can buy special cable with 4 wires inside instead of two.

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#223600 - 10/03/08 12:42 PM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: jlcolle]
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7040
Loc: Canada
 Originally Posted By: jlcolle
If I am reading this right then the 12 AWG wire comes with 4 runs, but I only use 2 correct?


There is no need for 4 runs of cable. Just go to Home Depot and ask for speaker wire. It is simple 2 wire cable with one side marked with a white stripe so you can easily identify + and - connections.

Unless you have really long runs, you don't even need 12awg. 14 will do fine. I bought the 12 gage, but if I were to do it again, I would go with 14.
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#223611 - 10/03/08 01:13 PM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: fredk]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13323
Loc: Iowa
Just use standard wire that has a 2 wire, not the 4 run stuff he is trying to sell you.. Your speakers will be spread out, so you will most likely want to run seperate runs to each speaker location.
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#223628 - 10/03/08 01:56 PM Re: Speaker Wiring [Re: SirQuack]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6773
Loc: PEI, Canada
Just a note to compare. I have used both and my local Home Depot was actually more expensive than having the Monoprice stuff shipped up to Canada. Monoprices was much nicer to work with too as the local HD stuff was so stiff it was a PITA to manuever and hard on the fingers when working with the ends. To add to the oddity to the price differnce, the Monoprice stuff was sheathed and rated for inwall use while the HD stuff was not.

You may have better luck in your home town though. I still love Home Depot. Just not their bulk wire.
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