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Wires, Wires, Wires: How do you keep them tidy?

Discussion in 'Listening Spaces' started by pja786, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. pja786

    pja786 New Member

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    Hi All!

    Let's face it, I have extreme OCD and I am curious: how does everyone keep their cables organized and tidy? Seeing a nest of cables drives me nuts, so I'd love to hear what methods ya'll use to prevent messy cables from reducing your sound system's beauty.

    I know some people cut holes into the walls, but I'm not super experienced and I rent, so my LL probably wouldn't be too happy. But I am curious--do the DIY'ers find in-wall wire set up difficult? I feel as though the major downside with in-wall wires is that it's much more tough to move your speakers, etc.

    Are there a lot of people who opt to go wireless? This would reduce the headache of wires, but my experience is the sound quality is diminished and there's less warm tones. Also, there's a visceral enjoyment to plugging in speaker wires--that may be just me.

    Feel free to send pics of your setup, looking for ideas. Thanks!
     
  2. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8641 Subscriber

    I don't ... life's too short ... <G>

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  3. CrawfishKing

    CrawfishKing Active Member

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    I never keep my speaker grills on, so I use them to blackout the rats nest behind my main system. The speaker cables travel under the area rug to stay discreet.

    Matt
     
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  4. KDAC

    KDAC Super Member

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    Plain ole twist ties of the sort you'd find on a loaf of bread or similar product. It's not a fancy solution, but they get the job done. The 16 AWG speaker wires and accompanying subwoofer cable run about ~15 feet from the rear of stereo, under a nearby rug in the center of my living room, and eventually along the baseboard of the opposite wall en route to the appropriate loudspeaker and aforementioned sub. They come in a plethora of colors and are beyond easy to replace.
     
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  5. pja786

    pja786 New Member

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    Makes sense. I've used alligator clips before and rubber bands.
     
  6. CrawfishKing

    CrawfishKing Active Member

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    I've had elastic bands melt if close to a floor vent or tubes. Only once, but it was messy enough that I've never done it again lol

    Matt
     
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  7. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

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    Try some of those velcro wire organizers you can get in the electrics section of the hardware store. They come in all sorts of purdy colors and black too.:biggrin:
     
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  8. motorstereo

    motorstereo the wonder of it all Subscriber

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    My favorite way is to have as few components as possible to get the job done and keep the wires as short as possible. Why create a mess in the first place to have to tidy up later?
     
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  9. MikE

    MikE Color Me Gone

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    Basically zip ties but if you reconfigure your cables often you might consider something else. You'll find a host of cool options at The Container Store. I use a variety of fasteners.

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  10. Onebean

    Onebean AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have a few sets of RCA's I use while testing equipment and switching stuff around. Once a component finds it's home, I build my own RCA or speaker cables so I get the exact length I want. The only extra cord length I really deal with is the AC cords. For those I use zip ties to control the excess.

    Onebean
     
  11. jcamero

    jcamero You Can't Close the Door When the Wall's Caved IN! Subscriber

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    No pic, but I have my components on top of a closed back bookshelf, (holds my albums), thus hiding the wires. Still a mess behind it!
     
  12. Duane

    Duane AK Member Subscriber

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  13. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Lunatic Member

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    Answer: I don't :(

    -- but, if I did, I'd use split-loom tubing.

    Actually, I even have used it in the past.
    Here is one arbitrarily chosen example for illustration:

    https://www.parts-express.com/cat/split-loom-tubing/2197


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    I have a whole bunch of the stuff in grey that I bought from IKEA years ago; there are, I am sure, higher-quality variants available.
     
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  14. Lesterbest

    Lesterbest Super Member

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    You can use cable ties. Don't over tighten. Run all signal cables together & all ACs together. Have ACs & signal cables cross @ right angles. You can run digital & analog signal cables together, provided all are shielded. No, cable ties do not require burn in.
     
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  15. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Lunatic Member

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    Come to think of it, the electricians who wired our house used a bunch of these (although I am not exactly sure for what -- I just found a bunch of 'em, loose, scattered around in the basement).

    This link offered for information only; I've never purchased these myself, but they could be useful for easily reversible wire bundling.
    http://www.newark.com/pro-power/tt-15/cable-tie-twist-on-13-16mm-pk100/dp/24M8692

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  16. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    I use cable ties and segregate the power from signal cables.

    I also use the adhesive backed cable tie mounts to hold the bundles in place.
     
  17. RobRoy

    RobRoy It's just stuff - but fun

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    PVC drain pipes. Painted Magenta. Satin finish.
     
  18. RobRoy

    RobRoy It's just stuff - but fun

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    That is my favorite method, too.
     
  19. elcoholic

    elcoholic Just Nevermind Subscriber

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    I use Velcro ties which are good, but they're always sticking together in a big wad. I also use Ty-Raps and the stick-on bases for more permanent installations. Lately for portable cables that are constantly coiled and un-coiled I've been using this MacGyver'd cable tie I put together form junk in my drawer at work - heavy duty pony tail holders and key rings. They work great and don't get balled-up like Velco ties.
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  20. classic carl

    classic carl Got Vinyl? Subscriber

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    Cable management is over rated.
     

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