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Old 12-30-2010, 04:29 PM   #16
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I have searched through both the IBC and the NEC and can't find any specific information related to a wood stud wall, other than if it is fire rated or it penetrates a fire rated floor.

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I hope we're just discussing now for the sake of talking. At this point, it's all kind of moot. I personally would just make sure the wire isn't some cheap carp, and I'd be good with that.

However, the insulation types above, if it is indeed considered a Class 1 PL circuit, the 'F' in every one of them stands for fire. So they do need to be fire rated if you subscribe to that notion, which I don't but I am not saying that notion is wrong, either. That whole section is about different stuff, and I personally believe it has nothing to do with speakers, but technically you can't rule it out. It says something like it's a class 1 circuit from a limited power supply to the equipment, and the power supply and amps in a stereo technically qualify, and the speaker is definitely equipment. Me, I think that's just silly, but someone asked. Plus, the monster cables I think are such a ripoff, they're probably carpy insulation, too. Probably could melt them with a hairdryer.
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I to believe that monster cables are a big rip off, especially if you are powering anything I would consider normal wattage output range for the average home theater system say 100-150 watts/channelm which is plenty loud enough for me.

Of course the arguement is not how loud but how good the sound reproduction is. I guess if I were to go out and spend 25K on a setup like some do, what a few more hundred on wire. But I would never spend that much.

I was just interested if someone could point me to the right section of either NEC or IBC. I am sure there have been a couple of times an inspector has failed a project because of the wrong wire in the wall, and to that I would say bull poop, come on its speaker wire, ever try and create an arc with a stereo amp, and if you have a fire that burns through a wall and starts the speaker wire on fire, who really cares if it spreads to the next stud space.....really lets get real here.
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Most professional grade speaker wire should already include a CL3 or CMR rated jacket. So you should be covered. If it doesn't I would find it hard to understand why it was made that way and also wonder about the materials it is made with. Sounds strange to me? So to answer your question yes. Use the in-wall rated cable.

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