How to Run Speaker Wires for Home Theater Speakers

So you got some speaker wire for a home theater system you want to lay down. It’s not hard to lay down speaker wire but how to run wire down successfully through a room without having it outright noticeable is where a lot of debate can happen.

There are ultimately three basic ways to run speaker wire for a speaker system in a home. Homeowners either choose one or a combination to get the job done. There’s running the wires along baseboards and baseboard moulding, there’s running wires using crown moulding, and there’s also running your wires using crawlspace or attic access.

The simplest way to install speaker wire is to use the baseboards. If you have a carpeted room, choose this. Carpets are typically laid down using tack strips a half-inch from the wall. This gives you a built-in channel to use. Just be careful, when laying the carpet back down after you’ve installed the wiring, to not puncture the wiring. If you intend to use speakers wall mounted, you might be able to run the wire through a hole in the wall and down the wall cavity. For some, this can be an option.

Alternatively, if you’re planning to run wire down through a crawlspace or attic, you may also require the services of an electrician. Assuming you’re free from any regulations preventing you from continuing, simply run the wire down the wall from one location to the other. The hard part will evidently be finding the right wall cavity so plan, plan, plan. If you decide to go the route of installing speaker wire using crown moulding, you’ll need to know how to properly install the moulding which is an art in and of itself. Any of these methods will work to run speaker wire. Ultimately, it’ll come down to your personal preferences and the manner in which your home is built.

Anyone serious about having the best quality surround sound audio experience for their entertainment room, speaker wire is almost a necessity. For high-end speakers, there’s nothing better. You get to customize so much with wire that’s adaptable like this. Buy the length you want, input it wherever it’s got to go, and if you ever need to update or swap some of it out, a little extra’s not far off.

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Cheap high quality speaker wire in Canada is a specialty for PrimeCables. Throughout the past couple decades, speaker wire has become the go-to method for connecting loud surround sound speakers and amplifiers. To audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts, the benefits of speaker wire are well understood. In this space, it is considered one of the best cable types to use which is in large part what got us so interested in it. For the lowest prices on speaker wire in Canada, we’re proud to say that no one comes close to PrimeCables.


Speaker wire is a tremendously diverse way of hooking up a speaker system for the home. Refined from a wire system originally developed in the 1920s, speaker wire comes in a range of price, quality, aesthetic, and convenience. Beyond the obvious benefit of paying less for it, PrimeCables has worked with our manufacturers and suppliers to prioritize quality as well. After all, there’s no need paying less for speaker wire if what you’re receiving is a low quality version. When you shop with PrimeCables, know that you will receive a high performance, conveniently packaged, and affordable speaker wire that you can manipulate to your home theater surroundings.


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Though speaker wire comes in many different specifications, something we recommend Canadian home theater enthusiasts to pay attention to moreso than others is resistance. A low-resistance speaker wire will provide more energy and power. Thereby, the shorter the length, the more optimized the performance. The longer it is, the more one may lose power over extended distances. This is why for many of our commercial clients using speaker wire across large buildings, they will commonly employ interconnected speakers and amplifiers, and possible a constant voltage speaker system to help.


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Speaker Wire Guide and How to Choose the Right Cables for your Home Theatre Setup

Most speakers do not come packaged with a speaker wire. This means that in setting up your home theatre system, it’s your responsibility to know the right gauge and type of wire required. There are many different options for speaker wire, with connectors and without connectors. For any in-wall or ceiling speakers, a UL-rated speaker wire labeled CL2 or CL3 is required. For any wire running underground to a set of outdoor speakers, wire rated for direct burial is recommended.


Speaker Wire Gauge


The first thing you need to know about speaker wire is what its gauge is, otherwise known as its thickness. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. The thicker the wire, the less resistance there is to the current flow.

Thick wire, such as 12 gauge or 14 gauge, are more common for long wire runs and high power applications. For speaker wire requirements of less than 50 feet, 16 gauge is the standard industry recommendation as it is cost-effective and easy to work with. That said, you should always consult on figuring out the proper gauge for your home theatre speaker wire installation.

Speaker Wire Length and Amount

In figuring how much speaker wire you actually need, run a string from the receiver to each of the speaker locations. Measure the string and then add a few extra feet that can be used as slack. We always recommend giving yourself a margin of error and add a few more feet on top of that. It’ll help in the event of a change in setup or just ensuring the connection to gear is not tight on the wire.


Type of Wire

If you do end up going with wire that does not have connectors, buy banana connectors for at least one end of each wire. If you are running speaker wire inside your walls or ceiling, UL-rated speaker wire labeled CL2 or CL3 is a necessity.


Delving deeper into it, a 4-conductor cable some prefer as it is a single cable pulled over a long distance. Then, 2-conductor cables from the volume control to each of the stereo speakers are run.


A few Extra Tips

Remember to identify the positive and negative leads to your speaker wires, and connect them accordingly. If a connector ends up crossed, you won’t be able to make it work.

Get to know what kind of speaker wire terminals you have, whether they are spring clips or binding posts. Spring clips are easy to work with, though accepting bare wire and pin connectors only. Meanwhile, binding posts provide a solid connection where banana plugs can connect directly.