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What to do with extra cord slack?

My stereo system is all set up and connected. It looks great from the front. However the back is almost a clusterfunk of wiring. Cables, cords, wires, innerconnects, all of that. What is the best way to organize a systems cabling? Power cables are separate from the audio transmission cables (RCA, HDMI, optical, digital, etc) and those are separated from the speaker wires. But each type has to cross over each type somewhere. And some cables are long. Some speaker wires are long. What is the best thing to do with the extra cord slack? Should I stuff it under the receiver? Should the excess cable be wound in a spiral, figure 8, or folded back in forth? Should all systems cables be just left hanging? What the best thing for placement of a turntables ground wire for its long traverse to ground attachment location (preamp)?
What do you all think?

Re: What to do with extra cord slack?


I will throw some suggestions out there. I change out my stereo system pretty often so I just leave the excess to hang behind the stack, but I do try to use the shortest signal cable that I have on hand. Zip ties and rolls of velcro are very handy. The roll of velcro can be cut and used to secure the excess cable either in a loop or a bundle. Some equipment racks have channels built into them that can hide excess cable.

If this is a more or less permanent installation, there are several things you can do to eliminate cord clutter. The most aesthetically pleasing is to use cables that are the precise length needed.

-For signal cables this is pretty easy because they are available in all sorts of lengths including very short cables. If you are handy with a soldering iron, they can be custom made using available cables and connectors.

-For speaker wire, if you are using zip cord, the zip cord can be cut to the exact length needed as it is relatively inexpensive. If you are using special cables with attached ends, the cable can be shifted so that the excess is hidden behind the speaker itself in a bundle secured with velcro ties.

For power cables that are attached permanently to the unit they can be cut and new plugs installed on the end. I don't like to do this because I move equipment around and don't like to modify the unit. For detachable cables this is more easily done as new cables can be located down the road.