Wiring speakers for Home Audio is straight forward.  Before we start, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about speakers, wire and amps.

Speaker Types

  1. Stereo Pair – you have two speakers, one for each channel left and right
  2. Dual Voice Coil (DVC) – a single speaker that creates a stereo sound

Speaker Wire

  1. 16/2 –  is the common speaker wire used for Home Audio Speakers
  2. 16/4 – two 16/2 bundled into a single same cable
  3. 14/2 and 12/2  is a higher gauge speaker wire used for Theater Surround, Hi-Fi Audio, Listening Rooms, and landscape speakers.

Speaker AMPS

Amps send power and signal to speakers.  There are a variety of ways to setup Amplifiers and Music Servers for your speakers.

For this article, we’ll assume the Amp simply means the ‘Head End’ or where your wire run starts.

Utah Home Audio Systems Architectural Speakers
Home Audio Systems Mirage Audio Server

How To Wire Your Speakers

There are two methods for wiring your Home Audio Speakers:

  • Run two 16/2 to any stereo speaker, or two16/2 to any DVC Speaker.
  • Run one 16/4 to the first speaker, and one16/2 jumper to the second. If it’s a DVC speaker, you just run the single 16/4 to the speaker.

Running a single 16/4 wire, or two 16/2 is the same thing.  It’s really a matter of preference.

Most find it’s cleaner and easier to manage wire on the Amp side with a 16/4, especially if the amps are in a Media Rack.  

On the flip side, some installers don’t love running the 16/2 jumper from the first to second speaker.  Take your pick.  It’s the same thing, and both approaches work.



We don’t see volume controls much anymore, but there are solutions like the VAIL AMP, an in-wall amplifier for Amazon Dots, that wire like a Volume Control.

Your wire run begins at a power supply, usually in the Rack Closet, and runs out to the location of the VAIL AMP or volume control, and then out to your speakers.

Vail Amp

If you’re thinking about wiring your own home, or just want to understand it better to check the contractor who does, be sure to check out our Free Wiring Guide!

Matt Montgomery, TYM, Salt Lake City, Ut

Named one of Technology Integrator’s Top Talent Under 40, Matt has designed systems for 20 national award-winning projects, including  “Home Theater of the Year, and “Custom Smart Home of the Year” from CTA™ (Consumer Technology Association). His ebook “How To Wire Your Smart Home” is a best seller among professionals and DIY-ers alike.  He has taken classes with Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). You can watch Matt share the secrets of his craft on YouTube!

Matt is a Golden State fan.




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