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Speaker cables running next to power?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by chalkstorm, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. chalkstorm

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    Hi

    I'm in the process of converting a room into a HC - and I've bought shielded speaker cables - and Chord Silver HDMI cable. They all run in a bundle around the top of the room - next to the power cables. I am assured by my local specialist shop that it will be OK - but I've read elsewhere on here that I could have problems with noise from my speakers.

    Any thoughts? Tonight is the last chance I get to re-route them all before they are covered with plasterboard!

    Thanks in advance

    Simon
     
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    Try it first.....assuming all of the cables are already laid,why not just give it a trial run before the plasterboard is placed.

    It probably won't give you any problems,especially using shielded cables,and also bearing in mind that that the speaker feeds are a relatively high level line,and the levels of 50Hz mains interference will be very small by comparison.
     
  3. chalkstorm

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    Ahhh... I would love to try it... but...

    Once fully boarded the room will be skimmed - and then the heating will go in. Only after that, and decorating/carpeting will I start to actually buy the kit! You can see I am some weeks away yet....

    Think I'll go with what my local specialists say...

    Thanks again for your quick response - it has put my mind a rest

    Simon
     
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    Horses for courses I think. I have mains and speaker cables all tangled around each other behind my unit. It was a case of plug it in and throw all the cables down the back and out of sight and never gave it a second thought that there could be interference. Needless to say, after 2 years, I've yet to hear a hiss or a hum.
    It's just one of those things where people tell you not to plug your amp or subwoofer into the same power socket incase of interference (or blowing either up :D ). Again, I have no problems and that's with the amp, subwoofer, TV and DVD player all connected to one four way extension cable.
     
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    Yep,
    I was always gonna seperate out my snake pit of cables eventually, to hopefully trim out all the unwanted electrical noise.

    But having tried a Nordost Interconnect which apparently has no shielding, my power amp decided it would like to hum along as well. I tried turning the pre sideways and have the power in the middle of the floor cable away from the snakes and it seemed to work, say 98% happy with the lack of hum :clap: . Other cables (regarding humming amps) with shielding seem to be fine with all the others....... :clap:

    If I was to go for the Nordost I don't quite know how I would have the kit arranged...... :confused: :eek:
     
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    I have speaker cables (Van Damme blue - unshielded, nothing fancy!) running in parallel with power cables for short distances (2-3 feet max), and had no noticable problems.

    If you've already done the plastering, then you should (hopefully) be ok!
     
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    Fingers crossed I'll be OK. The maximum run of speaker cable is 35 feet - for the front right speaker. It runs along with a bundle of power cables (ring main and lighting) - tied into the same bundle -

    Time will tell....

    Thanks all

    Si
     

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