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  #752711 29-Jan-2013 15:23
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Measure twice, cut once. I just bought some 14AWG off TM and ended up a tad short. Forgot to factor in enough slack to pull the receiver out the AV unit and attach them :(


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  #752732 29-Jan-2013 15:49
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33coupe:
Ive also started thinking about subwoofer position. Was thinking by tv or behind settee.

people say to try it but that means buying two cables (or 1 that is very long!)


Make your own with a length of RG59 coax and some RCA plugs.

 
 
 
 




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  #752735 29-Jan-2013 15:55
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Thanks jaxson will look into that.

I've just measured and think I need 26 meters. Tried making allowances for height from receiver etc.

Bad news is can't run cable under carpet as stapled down.

There is a hole from one side of room to another (under house), don't think it's big enough for speaker cables.

Do you think the landlord would mind if I made it a tad bigger???

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  #752762 29-Jan-2013 16:49
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33coupe:  
 
Do you think the landlord would mind 


Oh, it's a rental...
Might want to look at surface runs in that case, so you can take it all with you easily if/when you move.



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  #752788 29-Jan-2013 17:13
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Yeah that's another problem Im going to have to face.

I could possibly run it along the floor edge without it being too noticeable. Will have to re-measure.

Now comes the decision of Oxygen Free cable or not. The flexibility of it would be useful but not not sure if it warrants 3x the price!?

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  #753041 30-Jan-2013 08:50
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33coupe: Now comes the decision of Oxygen Free cable or not ... not sure if it warrants 3x the price!?


Have a look at the website listed by Dunnersfella earlier in this thread http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm - you may decide that Oxygen-free Copper wire just isn't worth the price. There's a lot of other useful cable information there too.



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  #753062 30-Jan-2013 09:05
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Thanks for that.

I did see that site, very imformative! I also read through several forums debating the issue.

Pros: More fleixble, will have a longer life than normal speaker cable

Cons: A lot more money!!!

Hmmmm, I'm still leaning towards the 12AWG from Blue jeans cable.

Will consult with the oracle that is my dad and see what he has to say about it.

 
 
 
 




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  #753532 30-Jan-2013 22:14
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Ok one decision made. . .

Oxygen free cable is going out of the window.

Been looking at some listings on trademe, but I am slightly wary as to the actual size and quality etc.

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  #753564 30-Jan-2013 23:51

33coupe: Thanks jaxson will look into that.



I've just measured and think I need 26 meters. Tried making allowances for height from receiver etc.



Bad news is can't run cable under carpet as stapled down.



There is a hole from one side of room to another (under house), don't think it's big enough for speaker cables.



Do you think the landlord would mind if I made it a tad bigger???


I'd just peel back the carpet and pop a hole in the floor just next to the wall. The carpet will hide it when it's down. If the holes are visible it's probably not cool!

Look closely below where you intend to drill! Safety first... Don't hit the power or gas or water pipes.

PS: if your house is a listed historic building or the floor boards are awesome, you might want to ignore my advice and not drill at all.




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  #753602 31-Jan-2013 07:56
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Yes the very sensible advice would be to discuss this with your landlord first, but typically the answer would be no. As above, it's very easy to do this in a way that won't be obvious once you remove it all, even drilling through the carpet directly will be hard to spot when the cables are removed later on. Some houses are more suited to a rough and ready approach than others. Concrete floors don't respond well to drilling holes through them for instance...



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  #753665 31-Jan-2013 09:36
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Thanks for the replies.

There is an exisiting hole for the freeview aerial. Not sure if its big enough for 2 lots of speaker cable tho.

If its not, then I guess there is no harm is asking to make the hole a tad bigger.

If not, then I'll just run the cable around the wall. It wont look that great but better than losing my bond money!

Anyone bought speaker cable from trademe and been pleased with it?

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  #753672 31-Jan-2013 09:49
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33coupe: Thanks for the reply!


That is interesting to know. I did read one post where someone said it was a marketing scam, but I just want to be sure.
No point in spending all this money on receiver and speakers and still have poor audio.

Cheers


hey dude, sorry to go way off topic, but i notice you listed the TX-NR515 receiver and am after your experiences with it.

Have you found any issues with the device coming out of standby?  On the AVS forums, there has been lots of people complaining that the HDMI does no re-initialize when the device comes out of standby.

Onkyo have promised firmware fixes, but i can find little on if this fixed the issue or not.

I not that some users have noted that turning off the LAN Standby feature seems to stop the issue.



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  #753676 31-Jan-2013 09:52
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33coupe: Thanks for the replies.

There is an exisiting hole for the freeview aerial. Not sure if its big enough for 2 lots of speaker cable tho.

If its not, then I guess there is no harm is asking to make the hole a tad bigger.

If not, then I'll just run the cable around the wall. It wont look that great but better than losing my bond money!

Anyone bought speaker cable from trademe and been pleased with it?


Lets say you do make the hole bigger in this rented property, do you also need to pay attention to correctly sealing the gaps around the cables through this hole using appropriate fire stopping materials?
Will your landord get unfairly pinged / rejected by their insurance company if something were ever to happen (water/fire damage) ?   Would the landlord then come running to you with lawyers in tow to seek recompense?



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  #753677 31-Jan-2013 09:53
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33coupe: Thanks for the replies.

There is an exisiting hole for the freeview aerial. Not sure if its big enough for 2 lots of speaker cable tho.

If its not, then I guess there is no harm is asking to make the hole a tad bigger.

If not, then I'll just run the cable around the wall. It wont look that great but better than losing my bond money!

Anyone bought speaker cable from trademe and been pleased with it?


This is the cable I bought off TM for our first HT setup (speakers are nothing flash - just the KEF 2000 series ('egg' speakers), and I think it's fine for it's purpose -

https://www.avn.co.nz/store/details/310/54/audio-video-cables-&-adapters/audio-cable-rolls/50m-14-awg-speaker-cable------------5/5mm-x-7/26/0.12-x-2f-transparent-pvc-jacket-ofc-conductor--.html

Richard ("Jaxson" on this forum) installed it for me, and as far as 50m for around $100, I think it was good value. As I mentioned, finding bigger diameter cable (at an affordable price) on TM was a bit difficult this time around, hence me ordering from Blue Jeans.




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  #753683 31-Jan-2013 10:08
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Thanks for that.

Have you noticed a difference between the 12 and 14?

I am contemplating between buying from 12AWG from BJC and 14awg from trademe etc.

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