The Basics of Home A/V Cable Management

When you’re setting up a slick home entertainment system, the last thing you want is a tangle of cables making an otherwise awesome setup look cluttered and messy. But what to do with all of those cables that are a necessary part of integrating peripherals into a complete system? That’s when A/V cable management comes in. Keeping tabs on and organizing your cables is the first step – then comes either hiding them out of site or minimizing the appearance of exposed cables with decorating tricks. Here are some of our favorite basic cable management tricks to get you started.

You may think that routing A/V cables with power cables is at least a way to minimize cable clutter, but never run your A/V cables too close to power cables because that’s the fastest way to interfere with picture and sound quality. As impossible as it sounds, try to keep your A/V and power cables a couple of inches apart.

Make sure your cables are long enough… but not too long. Don’t be so afraid of having too much wiring that you end up using the shortest lengths of wire you can. Trying to stretch a cable that extra quarter inch can ruin the center conductor and ruin your A/V experience. And having a little extra cable is a good thing since it gives you the flexibility to move components.

Tucking your cables along the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting lets you hide a few unsightly wires or helps you keep cables going to surround sound speakers neat and tidy. Just make sure you’re not inadvertently pinching the wiring, as this will diminish cable performance.

Rooms have corners but cables shouldn’t. As tempting as it is to jam wiring into corners to get a nice tight fit, remember that sharp angles can pinch the conductor and make your amazing sound and video setup that much less amazing. This is especially true for HDMI cables. You may need to expose wires in corners simply so you can curve them around gently instead of kinking them.

No carpets? A/V cable runs or racetracks can help you bundle wiring and keep it in place when there’s no choice but keeping it in plain sight. Orderly and visible trumps messily hidden any day and paintable runs are a lot less noticeable than you might think. Just make sure you label those cables!

Keeping excess A/V cabling in an S or figure eight instead of a loop can prevent or reduce interference. Don’t just leave the excess on the floor behind a speaker cabinet, either. Pegs installed in the back of a cabinet give you a place to safely hang cables so the streamlined look of your entertainment setup is preserved.

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