questionshow do you hide your home theater wires?

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I had wires put in under the hardwood floors when they were installed. In theory they should work with any system, but when my old system burned out and I replaced it, we can't get the new speakers to use them. So I can't call it all that successful, although they were hidden for the ten year between the floors being put in and the system burning out.

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I'm low tech, but I just ran them under the carpets and/or furniture. I've found with multiple wires bundling them with the little white zip-ties goes a long way to making things look less messy.

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I use the gold/silver wiring with the clear outer cover and just run it along the top of the baseboard and around the edge of door facings. It takes a bit more wire to do it that way, but the wire is cheap, and it is almost unnoticeable where it is. I would run it along the floor, but I have wall-to-wall carpet - so "under the carpet" is not a good option.

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There are lots of conduit choices on the market. Check hardware and electonics stores. I purchased several rolls of material from Fry's that folds into a square tube with sticky tape on one face to attach to walls. I found it worked well and looks good, but I needed to stack several tubes to accomodate all the wires I was hiding.

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If youre handy with tools and have a decent knowledge of how houses are built you could run your wiring inside your walls. I did this very thing and any exposed cables (TV to entertainment center, etc.) are all bundled and wrapped to make them look neater. it costs a bit more and limits rearranging furniture, but the end result can be amazing.

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For speaker wire, there was just enough room to cram them under the baseboard and become totally invisible - we have thick carpet. All the rest of the wires are a big ugly mess hidden behind the entertainment center.

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Underneath the baseboards along the wall. It isn't that hard and it still looks good.

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I have a drop ceiling and I just run all wires right on top of the ceiling boards. Pretty convenient but the drop ceiling does not look good (it was installed by the previous owners apparently for very cheap).

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I've never actually done this (and I doubt my wife would let me), but making designs like in the link below are kinda neat.

http://gizmodo.com/5408432/camouflage-cords

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Checkout hometheatermag.com for galleries and ideas... a REALLY good source would be AVSForum.com where there are discussions on anything to do with home theaters...

Enjoy the room...

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All speakers (towers and rear surrounds) are run in the walls. They're all connected to a Home Theater A/V wall plate behind the TV. Then short wires (with banana plugs on each end) are run from the plate and plugged into the receiver, which is under the TV. The center channel (with a short wire) is directly connected to the receiver. It was well worth the cost of an electrician. It looks great and the connections were easy.

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I use to work for a low voltage whole sale company and always gave people Nice Duc made by GE when they wanted to hide wires running down walls and such. If possible run wires under the carpet with fish tape or pull a new line from your low volt box. The Nice Duc works well but is pricey but it gets the job done. I just don't care for the way it looks.

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Home depot has some inexpensive conduits, I've used a couple of them. I recently had built-in cabinets installed in my living room and MBR and one of the design concepts I requested was the ability to remove the kick plates and be able to run wires. Takes a little work because of the odd configuration of my home, but works well.

I also run some wires, like speaker wires, short distances inside the wall. A combination of all of these has allowed me to hide my A/V, networking, COAX, and electrical for accent lighting.

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hide them? i take pride in my rat's nest of wires.

seriously though, i've been thinking about doing this and now have some ideas because of this thread.

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This stuff blends in almost perfectly with white molding, I used it along the baseboards.
http://www.harborfreight.com/ez-hidewire-flexible-wire-manager-68013.html
(I <3 Harbor Freight)

For the runs along the ceiling and corners I used Wiremold (Item #C40) products from HomeDepot/Lowes that I painted to match the walls.

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One benefit of owning a ranch style home vs a 2 story is ease of running wires. I was able to run everything through walls either up to the attic (speaker wire) or in the basement (cat5e/coax.) The key was having a fish tape.

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It depends on the system in this house, in my room where I scavenged mine up (27in "old fashioned" tv with- an xbox 360, a DVD Player, a VCR, and a game cube, ) the wires are run along the baseboards and I tried to keep them out of site. In the family room (32in "old fashioned" tv with DVD/VCR and a Wii) with an 8in trey ceiling they are run through the walls up into the ceiling, and in the big fancy den (70+in tv [looking at projector setups] and a fancy dvd player/changer/surround sound machine) with a Vaulted ceiling they are run back into the walls and under the floor.....we are a very movie oriented family, our camper has 3 tv's in it, and total Movie collections total 2000+

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Behind baseboard, crown molding, or chair rail. You can get conduit or raceway that looks like any, or DIY your own with regular molding.

If you go with in-wall or in-ceiling, you might want to consider using some kind of conduit. If a wire goes bad, the conduit makes it much easier.

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Taped over them with masking tape and pained over it when I repainted the walls.