16 Gauge wire - 2 or 4 conductors - Onkyo HT-S770 - Please help


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Username: Pulusu

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jan-05
I just got an Onkyo HT-S770. I learned a lot from these forums and am following the advice in connecting the system. The house is pre-wired to home theater and the previous owner used 16 gauge in wall wire with 4 conductors (black,white / red,green). I see the 4-conductor wire where surrounds are supposed to go and in the wall receiver is supposed connect, I see plugs for banana type connectors (2 of them - positive and negative). I have couple of question regarding setting up the system in this environment.

1. Can I use the 16 gauge 2 conductor wire to connect from receiver to the banana plugs (+ and -). Would there be a problem because I am mixing 2 and 4 conductor wires. I did not find 16 gauge 4 conductor wire in local stores (walmart,BB,CC,Radioshack and such).

2. To connect the speakers, can I just plug in the 16 gauge cable directly into the speaker connectors or do I have to use "flex connectors" from someone like Monster. And boy are they expensive!!!

3. When I got the 16 gauge wire, it came included with 4 pin type connectors. Can I use them to connect speakers?

Much appreciate if any one can help me out.


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1) Yes. No problem mixing 2 and 4 conductor wire. However, you need to know how the 4 conductor is being used.
2) Bare wire to receiver and speakers is fine.
3) If you want.

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Username: Pulusu

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jan-05
Thanks a lot.

On the ends the 4 conductor is being used as a 2 conductor wire with white/black twisted toghether and red/green twisted as one. This is on the receiver side and also on the speaker side.
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