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Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 12:22 PM
Bought a 5.0 setup, and now I need wire!!! I have NO IDEA what kind I need!! Help!

PS you guys have been awesome for all your help so far

JimJ
02-14-2007, 12:25 PM
Knukonceptz for RCA interconnects.

For speaker wiring, it's really not critical...you could use simple 14awg stranded zip cord, or something more esoteric...

I'm partial to Canare 4S11, quality stuff :)

joetama
02-14-2007, 12:34 PM
Knukonceptz for RCA interconnects.

For speaker wiring, it's really not critical...you could use simple 14awg stranded zip cord, or something more esoteric...

I'm partial to Canare 4S11, quality stuff :)

Indeed.....

You might also look at Coax Digital or Optical Cables for audio from the DVD player to the Receiver...

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 12:36 PM
I already have an HDMI for my PS3/dvd player to my reciever, and hdmi for my reciever to tv....i just need speaker cables....what are the rca connect things??? Do I need them WITH speaker wire?

Links would be a GREAT help and I promise to take pics of everything when it's all setup!!

jdawg
02-14-2007, 01:14 PM
basically you just need to hook speakers up? I assume they are all seperate and not one of those kits with the amp built into the sub that powers the whole system? If so just get probably some 16awg from walmart

JimJ
02-14-2007, 01:47 PM
Does HDMI include the audio as well?

Honestly, I don't know, I've never owned anything that needed it...

I'm used to left and right channel analog cables :D

1loudsuv
02-14-2007, 02:01 PM
Does HDMI include the audio as well?

Honestly, I don't know, I've never owned anything that needed it...

I'm used to left and right channel analog cables :D

yes it does and it goes like in in sq

hdmi>analog 5.1 or 7.1 >optical

to the op

just any oxygen free speaker cable will work, i picked up some flat 14 gauge from radio shack 50 feet for $25

also what you end up getting? any pix?

Mugen
02-14-2007, 02:02 PM
Does HDMI include the audio as well?

Honestly, I don't know, I've never owned anything that needed it...

I'm used to left and right channel analog cables :D

Yes, it's designed to carry video and audio on one small cable. So because his receiver already has the sound (no need for RCA interconnects) he just needs plain old 12 or 16 gauge speaker wire to run from the receiver to his speakers, at least that's how my dad's fancy pants crap is hooked up :laugh:

1loudsuv
02-14-2007, 02:10 PM
this is what i got it was not enough for the rears it only reached like 3 feet away from my rears so if i didnt have wire laying around i would of needed another roll so thats something to consider for you

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2104178&cp=&pg=1&sr=1&origkw=speaker+wire&kw=speaker+wire&numProdsPerPage=100&parentPage=search

joetama
02-14-2007, 02:33 PM
yes it does and it goes like in in sq

hdmi>analog 5.1 or 7.1 >optical

to the op

just any oxygen free speaker cable will work, i picked up some flat 14 gauge from radio shack 50 feet for $25

also what you end up getting? any pix?


I've had people recommend Digital Coax over optical... :fyi:

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 03:40 PM
Is there a better wire where you can just plug it in with rca ends??

1loudsuv
02-14-2007, 03:56 PM
Is there a better wire where you can just plug it in with rca ends??

huh????
what are you trying to do?
hook up speakers with rca cables? or do you mean banana plugs?

ive been thinking of getting the banana plugs but dunno if their worth it? b&w or anyone else whats your advice on banana plugs? i know they aint cheap though

JimJ
02-14-2007, 03:58 PM
I've got Dayton banana plugs on mine...makes things a little easier to move around, and easier to work with in back of amps and such.

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 03:59 PM
yeah, banana plugs....I will wait for B&Ws opinion though since he is "THE MAN" when it comes to Home Audio advice on here lol

JimJ
02-14-2007, 04:00 PM
Pardon me...

I'll go back to my hole now...

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 04:02 PM
JimJ is the man too.. LOL I wrote that cuz he's always waiting for B&W's 2 cents, whereas I am prob the dumbest one, and think everyone is a genius!

1loudsuv
02-14-2007, 04:09 PM
JimJ is the man too.. LOL I wrote that cuz he's always waiting for B&W's 2 cents, whereas I am prob the dumbest one, and think everyone is a genius!

everyone knows what they own or dealt with

me ive only owned very few ht things but a bunch of spl car related amps and subs :)
i know if i ever have a problem with a ps3 or say a onkyo receiver ill ask you for advice.

so what speakers did you end up getting? i hope you write a review on them. you probably wont hear much of a difference at first but after playing with them for a while you will hear things youve never heard before :naughty: the better the speaker the more you hear :)

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 04:13 PM
I bought the ED towers, the center and the 2 bookshelves...They will be here Friday but I don't think my reciever will..If I'm not happy, I'll ship em back...but I figure they're worth a try.

joetama
02-14-2007, 04:27 PM
Pardon me...

I'll go back to my hole now...

It is ok I still love you Jim! I miss you posting on here!!!! :cuddle:

All this pressure now that people are starting to know my name... :laugh:

Banana Plugs huh....

WELL....

I have used systems both with them and with out them. Currently I am using over sized spade connections on the 703s because well that is what I ordered on my Straightwire Cable, surface area for the win! But the DM601 S3 are using the fabled banana plug.

The DM330i system used the banana plugs too. There is NOTHING wrong with banana plugs. In fact I would use them OVER cramming the cable in the back of the terminals. For several reasons, first off surface area. When you cram the cable in to a screw jack or a push jack only a few strands are carrying the current into the terminal which isn't optimal. Secondly, lets say you are being careless and trip over your cable. With banana plugs they come unplugged and no harm done, with just pushing the cable in you could short out the system or destroy your loudspeakers terminals.

SO if you want to spend some extra bucks to get the banana plugs go for it...

:D

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 05:18 PM
Where is the best place to buy banana plugs/how much do they run for?

joetama
02-14-2007, 05:22 PM
Parts Express is a good place to start...

So is Radio Shack...

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 05:37 PM
http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?s=D-StorePrice-RSK&x=8&y=9&sr=1&origkw=banana+plugs&kw=banana+plugs&kwCatId=&pg=1&searchSort=TRUE

Which ones?? So I have to buy the banana plugs + speaker wire??? Which ones are the best/good value.

joetama
02-14-2007, 06:27 PM
Get speakerwire..

Then get the banana plugs... Don't burn money on the combo jobs you won't benefit from it...

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 11:20 PM
Any specific ones? I'd REALLY appreciate it!

EDIT..What gauge speaker wire?

1loudsuv
02-14-2007, 11:23 PM
Any specific ones? I'd REALLY appreciate it!

X2 i think im buying some tommorow or whenever i get a chance

JimJ
02-14-2007, 11:26 PM
I've found the Dayton plugs to work well...available at PE. They have a screw-on fitting that secures the wire in place. As for gauge...I'd run 14-16awg.

Or so I hear...

(I know nussing)

Pistonsfan70
02-14-2007, 11:29 PM
Almighty, all-knowing JimJ..would this be the one?
http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=091-1165

JimJ
02-14-2007, 11:31 PM
http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=091-330

Those are the ones I'm familiar with, but it shouldn't matter all that much.

joetama
02-15-2007, 12:51 AM
Feel better now Jim? :laugh:

I'm not even going to click on the links because I know Jim wouldn't recommend crap... ;)

adam71
02-16-2007, 07:58 AM
Personally I prefer the BFA style of banana plugs. I found them to be more secure and have a little bit more surface area than traditional banana plugs. Here is a link to some. I would never buy Audioquest brand as they're over priced but they're made by other mfgs.

http://www.abtelectronics.com/scripts/site/site_product.php3?source=froogle&id=13272

adam71
02-16-2007, 08:06 AM
http://www.comparemaster.com/ssdetail.asp?pf_id=10310790


http://www.photoalley.com/product/EP5489198.htm