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Wiring for new system.

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by lonny, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. lonny

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    I'm looking at installing the wiringa full home cinema system before I get the walls plastered and new floors down in my living room. I have a few questions which searches of the archives don't quite answer.

    1. I want about a 10m run from the AV amp to my plasma screen. I am thinking of a cable like 'cinemax video' at http://www.hificables.co.uk/acatalog/Home_Cinema_Installation.html . Is this a good choice?? I'm worried about signal weakening over the length. I've seen other posts saying I shouldn't have a problem but if I did, can I buy a signal amplifier to use between the cable and the amp that help but don't degrade the signal?

    2. I can see that I am going to have to fit phono plugs to the cables. Are these easy to DIY??

    3. I'm also going to need to get F-plug type sockets for NTL. Are these easily made up as well??

    4. Do subwoofers use normal phono cables or is there something else needed?? Will an 8m run cause a problem??

    Thanks in advance,

    lonny.
     
  2. clockwork

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    Hi,

    1. I would have thought that a 10m run would be fine. Though I have no experience with these cables!
    2. The approach I am taking is to fit f-plugs to all my cables. There are adapters to convert to phono or BNC readily available should my requirements change.
    3. These are straight forward. Though I would recommend the type of faceplate that has a f-type socket pass though! You would need to fit an f-plug onto your coax to plug into the back. Take a look here (http://www.letsautomate.com/clipsal.cfm?CFID=70615&CFTOKEN=20836661) for what I mean. You can either get screw o f-plugs or crimp type using either a hex type crimp tool or one of those snap-n-seal tools (though the snap-n-seal tools are quite expensive). Personally Ive just gone for the haxagonal crimp tool.
    4. Ill leave this one for someone who knows more about sub-woofers than me :)

    Hope this has helped...

    Claude
     

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