When, by necessity only, I pull the stereo cabinet from the wall and view the labyrinthine tangle of cords, I wonder anew just what to do about it. Specifically, should power cords be secured in parallel rows or is it tolerable to let them lie randomly? The same with speaker cable- is it better to elevate excess cable off the floor in long loops as opposed to letting it flop along with all the others on the floor? I have basic ideas but welcome more knowledgable opinions than mine
to a surrounding wall or shelf with push pins) to manage/route cables. Suppose you could use string as well, but flat ribbon has more grip especially if looped once or twice around a heavier cable that you want to stay put. I don't care what this all looks like as my electronics are contained in a closed closet, but I would imagine that this tactic could also be applied in a stealth manner, behind a rack (where most cables reside). I even suspend the speaker cables with ribbon from a bookshelf which is handy, in order to keep them off of the floor, and no one (except my wife) has ever noticed. The only thing that I stay away from is ribbon, ties, etc. that are made of synthetic fiber. Cotton is cheap, effective and a safe bet with unshielded cables. I have found this to be a great cheap tweak which really opens up the sound of a system, whether it be high ticket or not.
They should be separated as far from each other as possible, and only cross where necessary at right angles. Power cords are less important here, just keep them away from the speaker and interconnect cables. A neat, well spaced layout can make a big difference. You don't want to coil extra length of speaker cable, better to run it in big loops or trim it down.
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