Moving speakers

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  1. jonna

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    I want to move my rear speakers about 4ft, but my cable is buried in the wall, with just 8" showing.
    Would extending the speaker cable with some spare wire (same cable) & using basic block connectors affect the sound quality.

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    Every connection you make is going to result in a loss of sound quality but it shouldn't make that much of a difference if you do a good job with the extensions.
     
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    If extending is the only option then I think I'd take the time to solder and heat shrink rather than just use a block connector.
     
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    Thanks both for the advise. I'm going to move them now, using what i have in the loft - block connectors, but i will use the soldering method if i am not happy with the sound quality.
    Can you get a soldering kit at Argos? (complete with how to solder lessons :))
     
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    I got myself a cheap soldering iron and flux from B&Q/Homebase a few years back as I needed to do some work on the ICE wiring in my car and it has come in handy a few times since for little projects and repairs. I recently bought a Draper (IIRC) helping hand device that has little clips so it can hold the wires etc. while you solder with both hands. It certainly does make things easier. I would imagine that Argos do sell soldering irons, if not a DIY store, Maplins or Screwfix would also be able to sort you out. As for the handy lessons, check online, there are numerous electronics sites etc. to peruse that should give you some handy hints.
     
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    Thanks, i have just connected one speaker but the wires need to be bedded in the plaster, so i will nip to B&Q tomorrow to get one, before i plaster up.

    Would i need to put any tape around the soldering joint?.
     
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    That's what you'd normally use heat-shrink tubing for, it both protects the joint and strengthens it.

    Maplins would be a good place to get that and the soldering kit too, not sure if B&Q have heat-shrink tube.

    Also just to state the obvious, if you do use the tube then slide it onto the wire before you solder the two together and keep it well out of the way while you solder. You wouldn't be the first person to make the perfect soldered joint only to find they had forgotten the tube :)
     
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    Sorry, i missed that last part.
    Thanks for all the help :smashin:.

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