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How long can you run speaker wire?
treeninja
post Sep 17 2006, 15:14
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Hey guys,

Quick question: how long can you run speaker wire before the signal starts to degrade or get weak?

I was thinking about running some surround speakers to the back of a large room for a 5.1 setup, and I am curious.
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Speedskater
post Aug 1 2010, 17:17
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Low voltage garden lighting wire is a good choice. It's U/V resistant, can be buried and has a budget price at any home supply store.


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Ed Seedhouse
post Aug 1 2010, 17:45
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QUOTE (Speedskater @ Aug 1 2010, 09:17) *
Low voltage garden lighting wire is a good choice. It's U/V resistant, can be buried and has a budget price at any home supply store.


Well, if you are running any wire outside and if there has ever been a lighting storm in your area in recorded history, I would think twice about adding another route for large amounts of power to get into my system. At the very least you need a good ground.




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post Aug 2 2010, 02:11
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QUOTE (Ed Seedhouse @ Aug 1 2010, 12:45) *
QUOTE (Speedskater @ Aug 1 2010, 09:17) *
Low voltage garden lighting wire is a good choice. It's U/V resistant, can be buried and has a budget price at any home supply store.

Well, if you are running any wire outside and if there has ever been a lighting storm in your area in recorded history, I would think twice about adding another route for large amounts of power to get into my system. At the very least you need a good ground.

I wouldn't ground the loudspeaker wires.
But that reminds me of the early Crown amplifier's instruction manual. In the section about outdoor PA speaker systems, it warned that a lightning strike would invalidate the amplifier. That's the amplifier not the warranty that gets invalidated.


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post Aug 3 2010, 22:03
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QUOTE (Speedskater @ Aug 2 2010, 03:11) *
a lightning strike would invalidate the amplifier. That's the amplifier not the warranty that gets invalidated.


Well, obviously an immolated hunk of partially liquefied metal does not qualify as an amp any longer, so it seems rather reasonable. The warranty would be void by proxy, I guess.

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- treeninja   How long can you run speaker wire?   Sep 17 2006, 15:14
- - ftboomer   QUOTE (treeninja @ Sep 17 2006, 10:14) He...   Sep 17 2006, 15:18
|- - KnobTwiddler   QUOTE (ftboomer @ Sep 17 2006, 10:18) QUO...   Sep 17 2006, 15:54
|- - chelgrian   QUOTE (KnobTwiddler @ Sep 17 2006, 15:54)...   Sep 17 2006, 18:21
|- - KnobTwiddler   QUOTE (chelgrian @ Sep 17 2006, 13:21) QU...   Sep 18 2006, 18:55
||- - BradPDX   QUOTE The only caveat I'd offer is that no spe...   Sep 18 2006, 21:30
||- - Woodinville   QUOTE (BradPDX @ Sep 18 2006, 13:30) QUOT...   Sep 18 2006, 22:18
|- - schonek   QUOTE (chelgrian @ Sep 17 2006, 12:21) QU...   Aug 1 2010, 17:07
- - treeninja   Thanks for the advice guys! Oh, one other thi...   Sep 19 2006, 15:06
|- - chelgrian   QUOTE (treeninja @ Sep 19 2006, 15:06) I ...   Sep 19 2006, 23:26
- - KnobTwiddler   The wire should last indefinitely as long as the i...   Sep 19 2006, 15:27
- - zipr   Kinda related to this: how long can the wire be be...   Sep 19 2006, 15:36
|- - chelgrian   QUOTE (zipr @ Sep 19 2006, 15:36) Kinda r...   Sep 19 2006, 23:43
|- - pepoluan   QUOTE (chelgrian @ Sep 20 2006, 05:43) QU...   Feb 16 2007, 10:43
- - Akins   As far as speaker wire length, i ran a speaker cir...   Feb 13 2007, 06:31
- - Speedskater   Low voltage garden lighting wire is a good choice....   Aug 1 2010, 17:17
|- - Ed Seedhouse   QUOTE (Speedskater @ Aug 1 2010, 09:17) L...   Aug 1 2010, 17:45
|- - Speedskater   QUOTE (Ed Seedhouse @ Aug 1 2010, 12:45) ...   Aug 2 2010, 02:11
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (Speedskater @ Aug 2 2010, 03:11) a...   Aug 3 2010, 22:03
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (dhromed @ Aug 3 2010, 17:03) QUOTE...   Aug 3 2010, 22:57
- - RonaldDumsfeld   Good Source of Quality Cable Sommer Meridian Hal...   Aug 1 2010, 23:58
- - Woodinville   In the (now defunct) AT&T Listening room we ha...   Aug 3 2010, 22:10


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