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#290681 - 02/05/10 04:04 PM Wiring Questions for new home...
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
So my wife and I are looking at building a house... hopefully sometime this year.

We found a floor plan from a local builder that we are leaning towards. It is an open floor plan and the kitchen/living room are basically connected. We are not buying a house large enough for a separate theater room so the living room will be where all of my current axiom gear goes.

My plan is to have everything pre-wired for surround sound. Please see the image below:



My initial plan is to run 12 gauge speaker wire from the AVR rack to the FL,FR,C,SL,and SR (although I could only have wire ran for the surrounds and just run the wire for the front speakers along the floor). I am not sure where I will end up placing the sub though (just randomly drew it in on the above image)

I could take this opportunity to have sub cable ran to a couple of locations. I am thinking that if I went with a 5.2 setup I could place the 2 subs directly under the surround speakers. Would 1 sub on each side (but slightly behind) the listening area be ok? Is a special sub cable required for in wall installations?

As far as electrical wiring: Should I have all of the outlets on the wall with the AV equipment ran to the same 20amp fuse on their own circuit? If I have sub cable ran to the SL and SR locations should I have outlets here on the same 20 Amp circuit?

Any general thoughts about my planned layout are appreciated.

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#290682 - 02/05/10 04:37 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: terzaghi]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 5820
Loc: Some random location
Just a thought concerning the SL and SR speakers. From this layout, it would seem to me that directional M2's or M3's (angled toward the seating position) might be a better choice than the QS speakers, because it looks like the rear speaker in the QS would either be too close to a wall, or the sound would be lost into the kitchen. I'm assuming there is a wall behind the couch...

By an open floor plan, does this mean there is absolute no wall behind the couch?


Edited by CatBrat (02/05/10 04:41 PM)

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#290685 - 02/05/10 04:40 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: terzaghi]
Potatohead Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 670
Loc: Vancouver
I would not put the subs on the same circuit as the AV equipment. They can be on their own circuit, 15 amp is probably fine but overkill is never bad if you want to go 20. Same with the AV equipment. I run my projector dedicated on a 15, the equipment on another 15 (5 devices) and the sub (and later on a second) on another 15... No problems at all.

You won't really know where to put the subs until you can get in there and do a crawl. Chances are good though you'll want one up front, and one in back. Two in back may work if you play with the phasing a bit.

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#290689 - 02/05/10 04:46 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: Potatohead]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
There is no wall behind the couch. The dashed line on the drawing shows the middle (peak) of the vaulted ceilings.


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#290694 - 02/05/10 04:55 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: terzaghi]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Here is a picture of the kitchen area looking from the living room.

This particular picture shows all tile, but I would have carpet all the way back to the kitchen area and extending toward the front door. Also, In my proposed setup the couch is further back and shifted over from the picture here.


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#290698 - 02/05/10 05:10 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: terzaghi]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Loc: Some random location
Not bad. I like the open look. I think this could also help to enhance the sound overall. That is, as long as there weren't too many reflective surfaces.

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#290699 - 02/05/10 05:16 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: CatBrat]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
They have a model home built of this floorplan in the neighborhood we are interested in (not the one in the picture above).

The model plan has carpet in the hallway and living room and only tile in the kitchen and nook. This reduces the reflective surfaces a lot, and also adds a feeling of separation between the living room and the kitchen. Between the carpet/tiule division and the kitchen island it seems like there is more of a separation between the two than their appears to be in the photo above (way too much tile in that photo for my tastes.)
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#290706 - 02/05/10 06:21 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: terzaghi]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Multiple sub locations is easy. I just did it in my remodel. Just have RG6 pulled to different locations. Then use a coax/RCA adapter and you should be fine.

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#290707 - 02/05/10 06:24 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: oldskoolboarder]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Any special concerns with the cable (extra shielding/ect.) so you don't pick up interference from electrical wiring or something in the wall?
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#290708 - 02/05/10 06:26 PM Re: Wiring Questions for new home... [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Potatohead Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 670
Loc: Vancouver
After seeing the pic, I agree you would be better off with a direct firing surround speaker if they are going to be that far away

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