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Speaker wire room to room?

Posted on 2011-04-20
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we are wiring an office, construction guy is asking for speaker, do we need to wire room to room or all lines has to go from main base?
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That might depend upon what you plan to use the speakers for, the type of equipment, etc.

Will it be Muzak for instance?
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Michael-Best earned 2000 total points
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Wiring can have a noticeable impact on speaker performance.
It is better to wire all speakers (Parallel Connection) back to the main base (amplifier)

The Wire Gauge (thickness) will depend on the wires length and the speakers impedance.

You can wire from room to room (Series Connection) if only a few speakers otherwise the speakers impedance may overload your amplifier.
Or you will need to use "dual voice coil speakers"
The primary advantage of the dual voice coil speaker is wiring flexibility.

Also see:

Hope this helps.

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As PCableGuy said, it depends on what you are using the speakers for. If you are using them for announcements and Muzak, you'll use a 70-volt amp with appropriate wiring and wire them in sequence. If you are planning on pumping high quality music as in a theater system, you'll use 12-guage or heavier wiring direct from the amp to each speaker.

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