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11-01-2004, 08:50 PM
I will be having some carpets installed in my new house in Feb and I want to install some flat speaker cables under the carpet.
My Lounge is going to be 25' 7" long so I am going to need some fairly long runs, I will have 2 B&W 603's up front and a centre speaker, 2 601's for surround and 2 601's for rear surround.
I want to bi-wire the front and centre speakers so I don't mind spending money on good cable for this (QED Silver), however it would cost me a fortune to biwire the remaining speakers due to the distances. I was told that I should use the same cable throught.
Any views on this?
11-01-2004, 09:12 PM
Don't bother biwiring the surround speakers is a solution. :nod:
Just put a speaker wire on the speakers between the terminals where the litle metal piece is and this will almoast give you all the benfits of biwiring at basicly no cost. ;)~;-)~:wink:
12-01-2004, 08:34 PM
Cheers for that,
Hoe about all this talk in mags about ensuring that the same cable is run throughout?
13-01-2004, 09:05 AM
That's certainly the 'ideal'. However, I use Chord Rumour biwire for my fronts (£20/m) and humble 2 core mains cable for my rears!!! This sounds an awful lot better than it should, indeed you may have come across a thread on the forum where Quad were using mains cable to connect their speakers at a recent show.
13-01-2004, 11:34 AM
I dont subscribe that different cable for the rears will ruin the surround envelope, in facts even identical rears with identical cable (as I ended up doing just to try it) can still have a slightly different tone because of the rear height and that they are beside you, not in front.
I think laying bi-wire when planning the install gives me something to aim for later. In that I think, today bi-wiring, tomorrow bi-amping and one day Activ bi-amping something! Then again, it's probably going to end up being Active Speakers with their own bi/tri-amps within so I'll end up needing line-level audio cables and a mains, not speaker wire!
13-01-2004, 08:56 PM
Thanks for the replies.
O.K, I don't think I will go for bi-wire for the 4 surrounds, I am planning using QED Silver Anniversary for the 3 front speakers and QED original or Cable Talk 3.1 for the surrounds, anyone used this?
I don't think I will be able to lay the carpet under the floor for the sub as I want to move it around a little to see how it sounds in various locations, it's a 26ft room so would it sound better nearer the front speaker or closer to the listening posting which will be about 20ft away from the front speakers... sorry for all the questions.
Oh! it's a REL Strata 3
13-01-2004, 09:06 PM
Start by placing it somwhere between the two front speakers.
I have mine right next to the seating position faced backwards and get a nice frequenzy response at my seating position. But this was the only place I could have the subwoofer in my room. :(
13-01-2004, 09:13 PM
I can't place it in between the front speaker, 1. My amp will not work as the infrared route will be blocked. 2. It will look stupid. 3. My wife would kick my but if I put it there. ;)~;-)~:wink:
I would like to put it next to me so I feel the bass a bit more... I put the sub in storage about a month ago and If I remember correctly I have a 10 meter cable which I could run down the room but it is not flat...
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