I am sorry to revive a 3 year old thread, but I am going through a design phase while building my new multichannel audio room here in Colorado (finally). My question is ONLY about my full range surround speakers; my 2 channel setup is just fine.
So, unlike my previous NE Ohio room, I am trying to make sure I have racetracks (mainly Smurf tubes in the wall or ceiling) to hide the stuff I need to get to the back of the room. The main issue here is my dedicated SP Tech Continuum left and right surround speakers. Due to the room layout I'll have Smurf tubes running about 25 ft (which doesn't include the few feet at each end for termination). So the lengths are not short, but not 50 feet either. And although the speakers are "surround" speakers I listen to a lot of high resolution multichannel music and these guys are not to be confused with foley-effects Dolby surround speakers of the old home theater setups. They will be set up equidistant in a 5.1 ITU layout.
So......although I can make hardware/amp changes (like surrround monoblocks), I'd rather not right now so I am stuck with one physical amp and RCA connections (Zektor switch to McCormick modded DNA-250 stereo surround amp) for interconnects. What this means is that I can either:
a) have the surround amp plugged into the front power system (isolation transformer, dedicated line, etc) with short IC's and then invest in long, quality, speaker cables of 30 ft or so; or
b) put the surround amp in the back, on one side of the rear barn door opening and deal with one channel of 10-12 ft speaker cables that cross a door threshold (small area rug?) and make sure the outlet in back is on the same circuit (doable at this point). This would require 25-30 ft of RCA interconnect (my former NE Ohio home ic's are likely too short)
Any opinions? As always, thanks in advance.