Home Theater Wiring

A Few Installation Tips

Do not run home theater cables in close proximity or parallel to other electrical lines, nor run your wiring around power supplies as these can lead to interference issues with both your audio and video system components.

Avoid splicing your wiring at all cost, as it leads to a lowering in performance. In addition, always use direct speaker wire runs straight from your amplifier to each speaker. This is the way you normally wire your sound in the home theater but in the case of a multi-room audio installation, some may simply skip on this and splice the speaker cable along the way. Doing so may not only lead to a detrimental effect but equally important, makes fault tracing even more difficult later should problems arise.

Leave plenty of extra length at each end of your cable runs. And if your home theater wiring is part of a renovation project, it is also advisable to cover the extra cable lengths and termination/junction boxes. The plastering/painting process that follows can be really messy.

In this whole process, ensure to keep your wiring simple and organized. Use cable management products where necessary. Label all cables to make tracing easier. Use plastic conduit where possible; it would not add much to the overall home theater wiring cost and apart from the added protection, it also provides some added future flexibility. And in for those instances where you will not be using conduit or trunking, make sure to secure the wire to the studs, wall, etc, by using an appropriate cable tack or clamp.

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