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davecooper 1st May 2012 07:31 PM

Hiding cables
I'm interested how people hide speaker cables. We are carrying out some major work in a room and the aspiration is that there will be no home entertainment gear or cabling showing at all. However, the speaker cables are a problem. The position of the audio gear and the speakers is pretty much fixed but are not in ideal positions from the point of view of hiding cables. The only solution I can see at the moment is to run them under what will be a wooden floor. I had also considered running them behind the skirting but was not sure about the sharp bends at the corners. At the moment, the room is bare block which will eventually be plastered and the floor is solid concrete. Any advice would be welcome.

Cal Weldon 1st May 2012 07:36 PM

If you don't mind them being in the room you can use something like this.

Corner Duct Raceways – Disguise Cable Runs as Crown Molding

davecooper 1st May 2012 08:17 PM

Thanks Cal. It's another consideration.

DF96 1st May 2012 09:58 PM

Sharp bends are OK for speaker cables, provided that the copper does not slowly cut through the insulation and eventually short out. It is RF cables that should not be bent too tightly because this creates extra reflections.

Enzo 1st May 2012 11:04 PM

Vaguely related:
I work in pro audio, and that includes sound systems for churches. Talk about the original committee system! Someone "designs" the system, someon else makes the purchase. The electrical guys set it up and wire it, and finally the carpentry volunteers hide the cables.

Inevitably a certain percentage of them will come in with amplifier problems, and come to find out that the carpenters, knowing nothing of wires, put up molding to covr the cable run, and drive nails right through the wires, sshorting the circuit.

Having told that story, if care is used, molding would be a simple way to conceal wires.

Like DF96 said, tight corners are only a concern for RF, where it becomes an inductance.

rob g 1st May 2012 11:57 PM

You could always use some kind of skirting trunking.

An example:
Skirting Trunking

Others make their own false skirting to hide cables.

Orac skirting looks tidy:

davecooper 2nd May 2012 08:27 AM

The Orac skirting looks less "industrial" than the RMS stuff. Will look at this further as I am currently deciding on what skirting to fit anyway. Has anyone any experience of flat cables designed to run under carpets etc.

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