Hiding Speaker Wire -
Best methods for Hiding Speaker Wire:
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If you're like most of us you don't like the look of cables laying all over the floor.
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Running speaker wire in a home theater system is one of those things that drive many home owners up the wall. (pun intended)
You build a nice looking state of the art home theater system or home stereo and then have all these ugly cables laying all over the place.
In some situations the cables really ruin the look and decor' of the home theater room.
Seven great ways to hide
your speaker wires!
Because of this some customers have begun looking into wireless audio speakers. Wireless speaker systems may not be the best value for your dollar though...
Hiding speaker wire is the best way to reap the rewards of a ‘no cables’ look.
Concealed Speaker Wire:
1. Run the cables in the walls. This is often easier said than done but it is usually possible. An electrician will have the tools necessary to do this. Or you can buy them at your local Home Depot or equivalent.
a. You will probably need electrical tape, a fishing line for wires, a drill with a variety of drill bits, and tons of patience.
b. If nothing else a channel can be cut into the drywall or plaster and patched back over with mud when the cable is in place.
2. Run the cable under the floor. This will work if you have a basement or crawlspace. Again, this project can be a bit of a pain in the back but is fairly easy (little knowledge to complete)
3. Push the cable between the baseboard trim and carpet. Use a screwdriver with several layers of tape placed over the tip so not to damage the wires.
4. Run cable behind the baseboard trim.
a. Remove the baseboard trim in the room.
b. Make a pencil mark around the perimeter of the room where the top of the trim meets the wall.
c. If there is enough space between the bottom of the drywall and the floor place the cable beneath the drywall in this gap. Then replace the trim over the cable and nail at the upper portion as to avoid nailing through the cable.
d. If there is not sufficient room between the drywall and the floor for hiding speaker wire you can cut the drywall about ¾ of an inch from the floor.
e. Be sure not to cut within an inch of the line which indicates the top of the trim.
f. Try to find the stud locations with a stud finder or by tapping on the wall laterally and listening to the sound. Sometimes you can see where the wall studs are by looking at the bottom plate of the wall seen behind the trim.
g. Replace all of the baseboard trim. Nail into the upper 1 inch of trim to avoid hitting a cable. Preferably into the wall studs which you located earlier.
5. Use a Décor’ Surface Raceway. This is basically a plastic piece of trim that can be added to the top of the existing trim. Décor’ Surface Raceway >> Home Audio / Video - The items you need to enhance your home audio and video experience
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It can look pretty nice mounted over larger trim in older homes. And if you are dealing with historic plaster walls often this is the only real solution.
6. Run Flat cables under the flooring - running speaker wire under carpet and padding. Find flat speaker wire at Parts Express – Free Shipping Every Day on most orders over $98 (Restrictions apply).Fat and round cables won’t work for going under the shag’. Use flat speaker cables. This option works well for reaching the main floor standing speakers and other floor speakers.
7. Build a cable run. This can vary wildly from one installation to the next. It is basically a channel or channels built into the room walls or ceiling. It may or may not be visible. (Most consumers like it to be invisible.)
Non conventional ways to get rid of the cables:
1. Placing the speaker close to the walls so that you cannot see the cables lying on the floor.
Sound quality will suffer. Run flat cables under the carpet instead. Slice a slit into the carpet where you wish the cable to pop through and then wire the cable to the speaker.
a. Make sure to finalize your speaker locations before cutting the slits into the carpet.
2. Using wireless speaker systems instead of hiding speaker wire. Price to performance ratio will usually be a bit low compared to a wired speaker and you will still need an outlet and power cord to power the wireless speaker.
And there are some performance limitations involved with wireless home theater systems.
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3. Battery powered wireless speakers. This is becoming popular because some folks are afraid of wires or hate to see them.
Do a good job of hiding speaker wire and save your money on a set of stereo speakers or surround sound speakers of high quality.
Wireless audio speakers don't always cut it for good sound quality. So be very careful when making a speaker purchase.
These are the conventional ways of hiding speaker wire. There are more, but at higher expense in most situations. My focus is on sound quality and that is why I don’t endorse all methods, you do it how you see fit.
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