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Old 10-30-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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I will be running speaker wire and rca's through my walls/attic for surround sound. Is there a certain type required for in the wall? Is there any codes for this?

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The cables must be rated for in-wall use. Your everyday speaker wire is not so rated.

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Would any decent rca's work? Or do they have to be special too?
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Forget RCA cables, use RG-6 for any audio & video. As for the wire, CL-2 from Monoprice is fine. As for the Coax, you can use also the raw bulk coax from Monoprice.com, but make sure that it is the Solid Copper stuff, not Copper coated.

The Perfect Vision RG-6 bulk will work fine. It is the same stuff that DirecTV uses for their installs. http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Vision...pd_sim_sbs_e_3

You can also get the Compression RCA connectors for the ends, instead of going from a "F" catv fitting with a screw on RCA type. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ca%20connector

Now if you are going to do HDMI also, suggest using Cat-6 for the runs. You can get by with Cat-5e, but it is just easier to future safe it for 4k UHD, by going with Cat-6 for those runs.

Centralize everything in a closet, do not take the runs into some bedroom closet. If you have a Utility room, place the equipment there, or in a dedicated closet. Also make sure that you have a Heat & Photoelectric/Ion smoke detector in that closed closet, so you can be warned if any equipment puffs the magic smoke. Also if you are going to place all equipment in a central closet, get yourself some type of remote temp & humidity monitor, that you can either read through your smartphone or tablet, or through a remote station. Something like the Radioshack Indoor/Outdoor weather station with remote sensors works fine for this.
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most speaker/amplifier connection do not need "ends" ..

here is the wire unless you are going super high end ..


http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1


you do not need to run HDMI cable to the speakers . ..or coax for that matter ...

and http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ca%20connector would be rediculous .....IMHO


terminate your speaker wires to a block at your main location ..... like this ...





any combination of the above you can get many many options ..
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Holy crap Gregzoll. I'm not going all out like that. I'm just running speaker wire from my receiver to behind the couch for the rear speakers, and a single rca for the subwoofer.

If I'm running the rca for the sub about 60ft., is there anything in particular I should look for as far as cable quality?
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I'm just running speaker wire from my receiver to behind the couch
If it's IN a wall or IN a sealed floor joist... it NEEDS to be CL2.
If it's just stapled to open framing it doesn't.

Then you get into signal quality which CL2 also manages well.

I'd bought the 14ga 4 wire... Doubled up 2 wires might suit.
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Holy crap Gregzoll. I'm not going all out like that. I'm just running speaker wire from my receiver to behind the couch for the rear speakers, and a single rca for the subwoofer.

If I'm running the rca for the sub about 60ft., is there anything in particular I should look for as far as cable quality?
Again, just use Solid Copper RG-6, and it would be best to use the Compression type fittings, vs. the screw on RCA to Coax fittings.
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Again, just use Solid Copper RG-6, and it would be best to use the Compression type fittings, vs. the screw on RCA to Coax fittings.
Will this be cheaper than buying a rca cable of same length?
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Will this be cheaper than buying a rca cable of same length?
Yes, a lot cheaper. Majority of RCA cables at that length, the ends are cheap to begin with. Also you are talking about the fact that the cables are not going to be rated for in wall use to begin with. That is why RG-6 Coax is used for any type of Audio or Component with RCA connection.
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For one cable just buy it. You can get a CL2 rated RCA cable.
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here an example
http://www.cablewholesale.com/produc...10r4-21150.php
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In real AUDIO they do not use RCA connectors ...just look at the back of any decent amp .... or coax for speakers ...
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everything you need is on this page ....

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?seq...Fc-Y4Aod3w0AkQ



and do not use less than 18 gauge wire !!!


http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_...1&format=6#faq

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