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Old 02-24-2007, 10:16 PM   #76
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Huh. I guess I'd assumed that your receiver would have the same kind of speaker inputs as mine since it's the same brand as mine. That's ok - now you'll know how to strip speaker wire!

And yes, the banana plugs will most definitely work on the speaker end.
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:28 PM   #77
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Well, the other lesson I learned was to check online at the specs; the Radio Shack guy pulled up the receiver on his laptop, and there it was clear as day - it wouldn't take banana plugs for the speakers. But when he looked at the picture of the back of the Axiom speakers, he seemed confident the plugs would fit in there.

although the banana plugs that are on the end of my wire look different than the ones I saw at Radio Shack. They seem larger.

The Radio Shack guy sold me these little things that twist over the exposed cable and then stick into the little push-connector thing. The instructions said I should just shove the bare wire in there, but maybe Mr. Radio Shack wanted me to spend an extra $10. I had a moment of panic when I didn't think the little flexy ends would fit into the push-connector holes, but they did, with some effort. I guess we'll see if everything works when the speakers come!

The only trouble I had is that when I was stripping the wire, I lost a tiny bit of the wires themselves. I'd pull the casing as gently as I could, but some of the wire would come with it. Is that normal, or do I need to keep trying until it comes off "clean"? It really was only a very little bit ... a few small pieces of wire.

Now I'm studying the receiver's instruction manual and making sure I know how to connect all the bits to it. It's a little confusing, but I think I figured it out. I might need to go buy a few extra cables.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:44 AM   #78
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I had no idea this shit would cause me so much stress.
Welcome to the world of audio/video setup.

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Also, the instructions tell me to make sure I connect positive to positive and negative to negative ... if I'm just twisting bare wires together and shoving them into the push-slot, how do I know what's negative and positive?
Not sure what your cable looks like but see if the wires have a "+" or red (positive) and "-" or black (negative) on them.

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although the banana plugs that are on the end of my wire look different than the ones I saw at Radio Shack. They seem larger.
They are probably flexible, so they should fit in the speakers.


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The only trouble I had is that when I was stripping the wire, I lost a tiny bit of the wires themselves. I'd pull the casing as gently as I could, but some of the wire would come with it. Is that normal, or do I need to keep trying until it comes off "clean"? It really was only a very little bit ... a few small pieces of wire.
Yeah it's normal. It takes me a few tries to get it right - I'm paranoid about not cutting the copper strands.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:54 AM   #79
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The plugs I have aren't flexible, but hey, if they don't work, I know how to cut them off and find what WILL fit now.

Considering how high strung I can be sometimes, I'm surprised I got through my mini-crisis without dissolving into tears of mass frustration.

(knock on wood ... )
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:07 AM   #80
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I haven't used the wire stripper before. I have used an exacto or utility knife and carefully cut the wire around all the way (but not through) and then yanked off the piece.

Regarding additional cables, I believe you only need a digital coaxial cable from the cd player to receiver.
Something like this
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:52 AM   #81
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If I'd started from scratch, I would have bought an exacto knife and I believe that would have been much easier, as you said.

I called tech support at Axiom last week and they told me to get 12 gauge wire. I ended up with this thick-ass insulation around it that's frankly pretty ugly. The Radio Shack guy said it didn't need to be 12 gauge, and that's pretty thick. But for now, as long as the banana plugs stick into the back of the speakers, I'll be happy.

Later on, when I get tired of looking at that thick insulation, I might just go buy my own wire and a knife and start from scratch.

As for the digital coaxial cable, it's on my list to go and buy when I make my return trip to Radio Shack today. I think it's the last piece I need!
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:22 PM   #82
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12 or 16 gauge (a little thinner) is sufficient for your set up.

I believe you mentioned you also want to use the dvd player through the receiver. In that case you will need a cable for that as well. You probably have only one coax input and 1-2 optical inputs. So you might need an optical cable (TOSLINK) for the CD player, and a digital coax for the dvd (it may not have optical). Get the length in advance and check the website price. Sometimes they don't have the web products in the store and like to sell something more expensive.
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:35 PM   #83
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My head's starting to spin again. I can't keep all of this straight.

I only have two speakers ... is getting special cables for the DVD player going to help me out if I'm not set up for that whole shebang?

I mean, I just want to be able to put my plain old DVD and CD player audio through my nice new speakers.

I think the fact that my receiver is set up to have 5236 speakers attached is what's confusing me.

I know it'll be nice to have that option in the future, but for now, I just primarily want to have good-sounding music coming out, and hey, might as well throw my DVD player audio through the speakers as well since they're there.

I'm not looking for some Complete Home Audio experience thing.
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:59 PM   #84
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^ You can also use analog or digital cables through the either or both cd and dvd player. Digital cables are preferred because there's no signal loss or noise. It's personal preference I guess.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:01 PM   #85
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I definitely want to buy a digital cable, but I guess I need to decide if I should use it for the CD player or DVD player, since there's just one slot for digital.

Thanks, ntalwar.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:11 PM   #86
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No problem.

Onkyo.com says your receiver has " Digital Inputs 1 Optical, 1 Coaxial ". So you should have 2 total. If you only want to use 1, use it for CDs.
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Oh, I misspoke. I meant 1 coaxial. I did know about the optical one. I've never seen an optical jack/cable before, so that's all new to me.

I'm going to run back down to Radio Shack today or tomorrow and pick up a coaxial cable. And I'll use it for CDs.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:55 PM   #88
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have a stereo.

:weeping with joy:

Thank you all VERY, VERY much for your invaluable help.

I you all!
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I'm working on that, U2Man. At least with you.
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