I bought this system about a year ago and i love it, no problems best thing i ever did for myself. i mainly use it to listen to music, but on ocassion i do watch some movies with it. Lately i bought the wall mounts from sony after several failed attempts to make them myself. After this i had to rewire several of the speakers and this got me thinking, what gauge should i really be running because i have a huge amount of excess to some of my speakers. Also, i want to relocate my subwoofer but their is not enough cord, so regardless i need to change/upgrade the wiring.
What gauge should i rewire my speakers with?
What gauge should i rewire my woofer with?
How do i change the wire going ot my subwoofer?
the distances for the speakers are:
Front Right: ~182" or 15.2'
Front Left: ~163" or 13.6'
Rear Right: ~295" or 24.6'
Rear Left: ~257" or 21.5'
Subwoofer: ~205" or 17.1'
their all around their and all measurments in feet were rounded to the nearest tenth
Joined: Mar 13, 2003
From: Sewell, NJ
Posted: 2006-01-07 14:21
Welcome to Agoraquest! Are you planning on running the cables through the walls or on the floor? The reason that I ask is that if you are running the cables through the walls and later plan to upgrade your system, it might be wise to install higher quality cable with larger diameter conductors. If the cables will not be installed through the walls, I would go with AWG 12 stranded speaker wire across the board. That includes the two sub-woofer cables. If you don't mind the appearance, you probably could get by with ordinary electrical cable. Other than the appearance, it is no too flexible because the conductors are solid. I am sure that others will chime in with wire recommendations.
For your information, each speaker jack on the rear of the HCD-FR1 main unit is the output of separate, identical, amp that delivers 75 watts at THD 0.7 to a 4 ohm speaker. That includes the two WOOFER jacks. It will be necessary for your to chop off the speaker cable connectors so that you can splice them to the new speaker wire. I would chop them off no closer than 6" from the connector so that you have plenty of room to strip the ends of the conductors. Note the insulation color for each conductor. You will need this information to ensure that the proper phase is maintained when the speakers are connected using the new speaker wire. This is especially important for the two WOOFER connectors, since the colors must be matched to those at the sub-woofer. You have two choices at the sub-woofer: 1) open it up and make the connections internally or 2) chop of the cable and strip the ends of the conductors as you did at the receiver. It is important that the same colors be connected together via the speaker wire from the connectors at the receiver to the connections at the speakers.
Sony A/V System: KDL-55XBR8, BDP-S550, AVD-C700ES Super Audio CD/DVD Receiver, 4 SS-LA500ED surround speakers, 1 SS-LAC505ED center channel speaker and 1 SA-WD200 Active Subwoofer
thanks a lot for the recomendation, as far as how im running the wires its a little of both, im running the wires on the ground untill i get below the speakers and then the wires go into and up the wall to the speakers. i will look into the subwoofer wiring later today. thanks again
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