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    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    I'm Dave.

    Default Wiring up speakers

    In the past Iíve always had the cables for speakers out in the room, either under carpets, or behind bookcases. Sometimes this doesnít work quite so well, for example for multi-channel surround, and cables sometimes have had to be routed awkwardly.

    Now Iím wondering if I should consider hard wiring cables into the walls, which might require considerably longer cable runs, possibly going up into the ceiling space, and then down to a connection point close to each speaker location.

    However, in a fairly typical rectangular room, some obstacles could be avoided by going the long way round at floor level, but requiring considerably more cable. Obstacles could include doors and fireplaces.

    An alternative, but perhaps not a good one, is to use wireless connections, with active speakers. That wouldnít take all the problems away, because of the power requirements, but might reduce the need for a lot of signal cable to be installed. I suspect quality would be compromised significantly with wireless links.

    Comments?
    Dave

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    Hi Dave
    I would opt for locating, that's if you have a power amp, close to the speakers, and use shorter speaker cables, but longer signal cabling
    Its a six of one or half a dozen of the other call... slightly favouring the short speaker lead method.

    As for wireless speakers Kef seem to have this sorted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg4d7EOVmwE

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    When re-wiring my house electrics about 20 years ago, I had planned a speaker ring main for my through lounge. I got all the parts, but didn't actually do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    When re-wiring my house electrics about 20 years ago, I had planned a speaker ring main for my through lounge. I got all the parts, but didn't actually do it.
    That sounds familiar to me!

    Re the KEF LS50s - msg 2, are they any good? I would probably want to use bigger/better speakers unless cabling really is a major obstacle.

    I also wonder if there are other possible solutions, maybe using optical fibre which might be easier/neater to fit/route round existing infrastructure (walls etc.) - though with some constraints on tight corners. For digital signal sources that may make sense though for analogue ones itíd be a shame to have to go back to digital just for the last 20-30 feet link.
    Dave

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    In my listening room I have a wall socket for banana plugs wired to ceiling speakers used for rear speakers in AV.
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