Speaker and Subwoofer wiring questions

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I am in the process of finishing my basement and have run speaker the
in-wall Monster CI-Pro for the speakers.  I have a couple of questions to
make sure that I have things set before I install the insulation and
sheetrock.

1.  I have run the mid and rear speaker connections to a central location
where the HT equipment will be located.  I would like to do the same for the
subwoofer line(s) (multiple runs for flexibility) as it is a convenient
channel to run the wiring.  For a 6' distance, the speaker wires are run
next to the power (110v 12-2) wires.  Will this cause a problem?    I was
told that this might cause interference with the speaker or subwoofer
operation.

2.  Not seeing any bulk subwoofer in-wall cable, what type and gauge of wire
is best for the subwoofer connection.  Can I run more of the 14 gauge CI-Pro
and solder a RCA connection to meet the wall jacks.  Does it need to be
heavier gauge than 14?  I am installing multiple SW runs to allow for
locating the SW in different locations in the room.  The longest run will be
25'.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

David




Re: Speaker and Subwoofer wiring questions


DL wrote:
> I am in the process of finishing my basement and have run speaker the
> in-wall Monster CI-Pro for the speakers.  I have a couple of questions to
> make sure that I have things set before I install the insulation and
> sheetrock.
>
> 1.  I have run the mid and rear speaker connections to a central location
> where the HT equipment will be located.  I would like to do the same for the
> subwoofer line(s) (multiple runs for flexibility) as it is a convenient
> channel to run the wiring.  For a 6' distance, the speaker wires are run
> next to the power (110v 12-2) wires.  Will this cause a problem?    I was
> told that this might cause interference with the speaker or subwoofer
> operation.
>
> 2.  Not seeing any bulk subwoofer in-wall cable, what type and gauge of wire
> is best for the subwoofer connection.  Can I run more of the 14 gauge CI-Pro
> and solder a RCA connection to meet the wall jacks.  Does it need to be
> heavier gauge than 14?  I am installing multiple SW runs to allow for
> locating the SW in different locations in the room.  The longest run will be
> 25'.
>
> Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
>
> David
>
>
Use a RG6 or a digital RG59 for your sub cable.  I have a tool that does
compression fittings and you can install a RCA type if you want on
either of the cables.  14 gauge is more than enough.  You could get away
  with a 16 gauge if you really wanted too.


Re: Speaker and Subwoofer wiring questions



> DL wrote:
>> I am in the process of finishing my basement and have run speaker the
>> in-wall Monster CI-Pro for the speakers.  I have a couple of questions to
>> make sure that I have things set before I install the insulation and
>> sheetrock.
>>
>> 1.  I have run the mid and rear speaker connections to a central location
>> where the HT equipment will be located.  I would like to do the same for
>> the subwoofer line(s) (multiple runs for flexibility) as it is a
>> convenient channel to run the wiring.  For a 6' distance, the speaker
>> wires are run next to the power (110v 12-2) wires.  Will this cause a
>> problem?    I was told that this might cause interference with the
>> speaker or subwoofer operation.
>>
>> 2.  Not seeing any bulk subwoofer in-wall cable, what type and gauge of
>> wire is best for the subwoofer connection.  Can I run more of the 14
>> gauge CI-Pro and solder a RCA connection to meet the wall jacks.  Does it
>> need to be heavier gauge than 14?  I am installing multiple SW runs to
>> allow for locating the SW in different locations in the room.  The
>> longest run will be 25'.
>>
>> Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> David
>>
>>
> Use a RG6 or a digital RG59 for your sub cable.  I have a tool that does
> compression fittings and you can install a RCA type if you want on either
> of the cables.  14 gauge is more than enough.  You could get away with a
> 16 gauge if you really wanted too.

Thanks for the fast response.

I have plenty of RG6 Quad and compression fittings.  Any thoughts on the
speaker and subwoofer wiring next to the regular power 12-2 lines?

David




Re: Speaker and Subwoofer wiring questions


Running speaker wires right next to AC lines is not a good idea.  Depending
on what kind of load is hooked up on the AC (especially fluorescent lights,
or other induction devices) you may get a get a more or less pronounced hum.
Speaker wiring should be at least 1 foot away from power lines, especially
if it is a, say, more than2 ft parallel run.  Crossing AC lines is o.k.
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