|2011-08-07, 07:34 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Speaker Cables for Receiver.. what do to?
Hi, I recently moved into a house that has speakers wired through the drywall. The previous owner took his TV and receiver, he left behind the speaker wires and the speakers mounted on the wall
the speaker wires green, black, red and white thin cables in a white wrapper.. the tips of each cable are "frayed".. that is there are no male plugs on them to insert into an audio jack
when I buy my receiver for my TV to hook up these wires.. what kind of a receiver attaches to these wires? The wires run through the drywall so I dont want to replace the wires... can I somehow attach male audio jacks to the ends of these wires?
I am not sure what to do or where to begin.. please help
|2011-08-08, 01:29 AM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2006
No need to fret. You have un-terminated 4 conductor wire. All of your components will accept bare wire connection and sonically there won't be any penalty.
All you have to do is double up the wires at each end. Twist them together carefully (no stray strands) and keep the pairing consistent - black/white and red/green works just fine. You can terminate the wires if you want. There are lots of screw-on bananas around.
You will probably need to figure out which speaker wire is which, as well. You don't want the centre speaker signal going to the bathroom. Easy peasy. Grab an AA or AAA battery, hook up the speakers and stick the battery between the positive and negative wires at the amp end. As you do, you'll hear a little scratchy sound from the speaker at the other end. Poke the wire in your hand into the corresponding speaker connection on the amp and move on to the next mystery wire.
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