Philips Home Theater Speaker Wire (can it be cut?)
I recently remodeled a room in my home and added speaker wire terminals to the corners for a home theater system. I purchased a Philips HT 3565 and realized that the wires are fixed to the speakers, and have color coded plugs the insert into the back of the system. Can I cut these wires to utilize my prewired room?
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Re: Philips Home Theater Speaker Wire (can it be cut?)
Sure you can, Joel.
Put the speakers wherever they will go, and cut the wire from the speaker to whatever length you need to reach your wall terminals. Leave some slack so you can move the speakers if needed. Strip off whatever length of insulation you need to make the terminal connection. Note that the speaker wire will have some kind of polarity marking. There will be a colored stripe or other mark on the insulation, or the conductors themselves may be different colors (usually one wire is copper, and the other tinned so it's silver colored). It doesn't matter which you use for positive as long as you're consistent and use the same one for each speaker.
At the other end where the prewiring comes out for your home-theater system, splice the connector ends you cut off onto the installed wires, following the same polarity. I recommend using an appropriate size insulated **** splice to make the connection. The crimper and splices can be found at auto parts stores, Radio Shack or most hardware stores. It's quick, reliable and makes sure there are no bare wires to short out.
Plug the speakers into the system and you should be good to go. Whip up some popcorn and enjoy the show!
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"W-1 Phase" error, when running the YPAO, means that one or more of the speakers in your home theater set up is out of phase. This happens when the + and - wires are not consistent throughout all of the speaker connections (red and black terminals). Make sure your red/copper color wire is connected to the "red" speaker terminals , and the silver color wire is connected to the "black" speaker terminals. This error can also happen even if all of the speaker cables are connected correctly but the acoustics of the room are creating the out of phase sound the microphone is picking-up.
You have some speaker wires crossed or shorted. inspect the speaker wires for shorting (cat/dog /mouse chewed em up?). You can also disconnect the speaker wires and plug them back in one at a time to locate the shorted one , should you be unable to determine which wire is shorted.
This is almost always due to a bad speaker connection in the speaker output terminals on the back of the receiver unit, or the speaker input terminals on the back of the speakers. Check your wire connections at these points and fix as necessary. If the plastic wire insulation is pushed inside the terminals, it will prevent the wire from making contact in the terminal.
buy some speaker wire and wire nuts
cut speaker wire for the speaker and strip back the wire on both ends
cut length of speaker wire required for installation and strip both ends
connect one of the wires to one of the new wires and twist together and then twist on a wire nut... do this for all four individual wires making sure that you don't cross the wires by twisting the new wire.
connect and check. if you don't hear any sound or it is really low, untwist one side of the wires and exchange them.
Yes you can splice the ends onto the existing wires, but first make sure the ends are labeled + or - and make sure you hook the other ends to the speakers the correct way. Before you cut the connectors off of the speaker wires mark one of each of the pairs of the wires with tape, on each side of where you cut it so you can match the wires back up. Are the pre-wired, wires labeled + and -? or red and black? Or one of each pair is a different color wire ie silver and copper? If they aren't labeled its going to be hard to get the correct polarity (+ and -) for each speaker. I hope this helps post back if you have any problems.
Go down to your local RadioShack or any place that sells wire of any sorts (heck, even Walmart might carry it now) and ask them for speaker wire. I'm not sure what the impedance of this particular model is, but you should be able to find it printed on the back of the speakers, or in your user's manual. This guide will help you to identify what size speaker wires you need, that way when you go in looking for speaker wire, you'll at least sound like you know what you're doing.
i had same problem. yeah, there's not much wire included. i just purchased a spool of speaker wire and got the length i needed. since the wires are usually color-coded, i tagged each new wire with 2 stick-on-spots, with sticky side back to back over the wire, and wrote RR & LR to make it easier for locating them in a jumble. you can also just splice and tape extra wire on but i feel every cut cuts back on quality of sound.
If it uses a simple terminal clip (similar to a speaker connection) then extra speaker wire or lamp cord thats laying around works beautifully. But you could always visit a Radio Shack to get the proper stuff.