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UK internal phone cable v Cat 6e cable - Part 2

Following on from an earlier question https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28906123/UK-internal-phone-cable-v-Cat-6e-cable.html#a41387422, what is the best surround sound cable I should look to include around the house to run alongside my Cat 6e cable runs to a central cable storage box / patch panel etc.

Also what type of ducting (any flexible grey pipe type) should I be using and should this contain all the individual network, phone and similar cable for each room all the way to the central hub panel room?

I am based in the UK so UK centric answers please,  and any Amazon UK example links to products will be appreciated so I can get an an example of the precise stuff I need.

Thx.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Aaron Tomosky

For surround sound I usually recommend 16/2 or 14/2 stranded twisted wire, commonly referred to as "in wall speaker wire".
It's hard for me to search the UK Amazon from the US but here is an example product
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Audioquest-14-Speaker-Cable-Metre-Grey-Red/dp/B00AC4ZP6S
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u587162

Hi

Thx for your reply.  

1. Is 16/4 better than 14/4, and can you get better than 16/4?

2. You mention surround sound speakers.  What is the best cable to use for main front speakers and sub woofer system?

3. What about speakers around the house, hall etc, what are those speakers called and what cable goes to them?

Thx.
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u587162

Hi

Could you also pls address question 2 and 3 for my clarification.  What does the rating of the speaker wire go up to, 1/2?
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Aaron Tomosky

Wire gauge goes to 0, 00 and even bigger but those are like an inch in diameter, waaaay overkill for speaker wire.

Only get as many pairs as you have speakers. More pairs isn't "better".

Wiring is all about good enough. If you need 10mbps Ethernet there is no point in having cat7 when cat3 will do it.
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u587162

Hi

Thanks for the reply and apologies for the late response.  Before I close this question, any feedback on the ducting and telephone question.  If I am to run 4-5 Cat 6 cables to each room, how thick a conduit would I need under the floors?

Thx.