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5. Speakers and Wiring > 45. Use the Same Speaker Wire Lengths (Not!)

Use the Same Speaker Wire Lengths (Not!)

As long as the length of wire connecting your various speakers is fairly similar, you’ll get great results and sound, without interference or adverse delays.

One of the more popular home theater myths going around today is that the length of speaker wire connecting your receiver or amplifier to your speakers must be identical, especially for rear and surround speakers. The prevailing thought is that a longer wire introduces additional delay in transmitting sound, resulting in an uneven production of audio between two speakers (left and right). Although this sounds good (and probably will make your friends think you’re really smart when you dispense this as advice), it’s absolute nonsense, at least outside of a laboratory.


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