Speakers in my ceiling, old school... HELP me connect

We moved into this house last year. These speakers are just sitting here and the connector had a faceplate over it. Not sure if that means it too old to even hook up and the last owners gave up or if they just weren't resourceful enough?

I cannot upload the pics for some reason - I saved to PDF maybe I can later? Will try. The connector is a COAX cable with a male adapter on it?? so not sure how that works since it doesn't have a typical speaker cables (red and black).

Small house, only 4 speakers in one great room but they are far enough apart it could be helpful to be able to turn off on set so worth having a 2-zone set up.

Thank you for your help in advance! (if I figure how to upload pics... stay tuned)

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Sound over coax is strange. What source are you planning to use?

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Either a computer or phone.

ON FURTHER investigation after reading your post, I found another face plate. Behind it is a single blue plastic coated bunch of 8 wires:
4 white
1 green
1 blue
1 orange
1 brown


Post was last edited on November 3, 2019 8:30 AM PST

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The colors are there for you.

To decide how to use them. So if you say have a left speaker you choose a pair of wires to go to your amp or receiver then use that pair on the other end for the speaker.

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About the WHITE WIRES.

I wonder if the wires are in TWISTED PAIRS with a white and green
white and blue
white and orange
white and brown.

Those are pairs you may see in common twisted pair CAT 5 to 7 cable. You can use such for speakers too. PURISTS may arrive here to tell you it's not speaker wire.

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Speakers installed, experimentation okay?

I am not keen to pull the speakers out of the ceiling. Can I just play with white and color wire combos in the receiver until I have music come out of the speaker? I won't hurt anything doing that I assume?

Thanks for such quick responses!

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My bet

Is that you are seeing the common CAT5 to 7 cable. If you have 4 whites look again as I haven't seen all white used for over a decade. They run such in PAIRS.

So the green matching line would be white with a stripe of green.


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