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Can I use good quality speaker wire as audio out

by rich52 / March 7, 2012 3:01 PM PST

I ran good quality speaker wire in the wall from a second floor bedroom computer to my stereo audio receiver directly below in the living room. (about 15-20 feet). I soldered rca connectors and tried it out. The result was very low volume with significant noise. A local home theater installer told me that I should not have used speaker cable as it is not shielded. Is that correct or do I have some other problem?

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That could be true, but....
by ahtoi / March 7, 2012 4:29 PM PST

from what audio out to what?

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Sorry,
by ahtoi / March 7, 2012 4:38 PM PST

re-read your post and the install is correct...especially true as far as noise is concert but the low volume maybe a different issue. The distance or wire size maybe the problem.

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audio cable
by rich52 / March 7, 2012 10:55 PM PST
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cable was a 14 gage speaker wire with rca connectors soldered. I'm suspicious of the solder connection as my skill level is not high.

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audio cable
by rich52 / March 7, 2012 10:53 PM PST

From the audio out on the computer to the cd in jacks on my receiver.
When that didn't work I hooked up a cd player upstairs to the receiver downstairs with the same results.

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Then I would say;
by ahtoi / March 8, 2012 12:40 AM PST
In reply to: audio cable

the distance is too great for the amount of power the computer/cd drive to generate. Looks like you might need a different ways to accomplish what you want. Good luck.

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