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    Question Newbie needs help with speaker cabling dilemma

    I have been gradually building out a HT and have recently purchased some lsi15's with lsi9's for the rear and an Onkyo 876 receiver. I've blown my budget and I'm looking to get the most out of my speakers and I'm looking for recommendations on speaker cabling.

    These are some of the options I've thought about:

    biwiring...possibly but I'm confused about the mixed reviews.
    diy cat5 wiring...does this really give me any gains over a decent 12 gauge
    what is a decent 12 gauge...bluejeancables-Belden 5000 series Cable or Axiomaudio bulk speaker cable.

    I need about 25-30ft to run along the baseboards to my receiver in the back because of my projector, so it can't get too thick and not fit in the channel beneath the baseboard.

    Very long winded, but I would appreciate any advice anyone has in this area.

    Thanks

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    First Welcome to Polk Forums. :)


    So from what you're looking at yes BlueJean Cables.

    But....

    I say to get to most from those speakers they are CRYING an amp. That AVR like most aren't able to power 4 ohms speakers well or at all.

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    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

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    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
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    Receiver + Cat 5 + LSi's = Trouble.

    12 ga BJC will work fine, but definitely look into getting a external amp next.
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    Thanks for the posts, I do plan on getting an amp, but I would like to continue on building a good system and the first thing is getting all this wiring under the baseboards and I don't want to have to redo the wiring in a years time.

    So am to assume I shouldn't bother with bi-wiring? When I get an external amp, will this cabling match the quality of the rest of the system?

    Lastly, since we're on the subject, what would a good amp be for this system? What sort of price point will I need to spend?

    Thanks again for the quick responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troygray View Post
    Thanks for the posts, I do plan on getting an amp, but I would like to continue on building a good system and the first thing is getting all this wiring under the baseboards and I don't want to have to redo the wiring in a years time.

    So am to assume I shouldn't bother with bi-wiring? When I get an external amp, will this cabling match the quality of the rest of the system?

    Lastly, since we're on the subject, what would a good amp be for this system? What sort of price point will I need to spend?

    Thanks again for the quick responses.

    I don't think Bi-wiring is worth the expense or trouble, but if you're thinking bi-amping ok then yes you need the other wire also ran. Again the expense or trouble it's not worth it Just my $.02 So the question about amps would you consider used or just new and what's our budget?

    Speakers
    Carver Amazing Fronts
    CS400i Center
    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

    Electronics
    Conrad Johnson PV-5 pre-amp
    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
    Pioneer 79Avi DVD
    Sony CX400 CD changer
    Panasonic 42-PX60U Plasma
    WMC Win7 32bit HD DVR



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