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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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-Joel
Ohio

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  • joellorenz25 Jan 28, 2009

    Thanks for the quick answer!!

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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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  • Jan 29, 2009

    Hmmm... I forget that they bleep out certain words. The kind of splices I was referring to are a 4-letter word that means a cigarette end. If you didn't get that already. I wonder what happens if you write "butter?"

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