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I have two rear speakers, that I never use, since I don't have a good way (yet) to wire them.
I have a hardwood floor. And the side of the room that is nearest to the TV+Audio source is open. So I don't have a wall to run the cable next to it.

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I think the last sentence pushes this question off topic. I would be a good question if it were about techniques for fishing wire, but then it would not matter that it's a home theatre system, it would be the same for any kind of wire. –  Vebjorn Ljosa Jul 23 '10 at 19:37
    
How about through basement/crawl space, attic, behind baseboards? Or are all of these out of the question? –  Tester101 Jul 23 '10 at 19:48
    
I suggest you remove the last sentence and the question will be perfectly on-topic. I would do it but I don't have edit rights sob –  Mark Henderson Jul 23 '10 at 22:34
    
maybe think about wirelss? –  mohlsen Jul 27 '10 at 16:06
    
@Mohlsen, I don't know if humour was intended there or not... these things can get lost on the internet... –  Mark Henderson Jul 27 '10 at 21:28

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If you're installing in room where you can't drop above or below the room to run your cables, consider putting up crown molding -- it typically leaves a small channel behind it which is ideal for hiding speaker cables.

You can then punch holes in the top of the wall where you need to run vertically, fish the wires through, staple it up into the corner, then install the crown molding to hide everything.

You can also go the low route, and hide them behind your baseboards, but there isn't always a void behind them, so this could get a little messier if you have to trim away drywall (or plaster in older homes) to create a channel you can use. You also have problems with baseboards if you have to go past any doorways.

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It might be better (and easier) to just trim a channel in the baseboard. Depending on the gauge of wire, this could 'easily' be done with a circular saw, though a router or table saw would probably work better. Depending on the base board, of course. –  Wayne Werner Jul 23 '10 at 20:31
    
If there is a door in the doorway (or trim around it) then it's pretty easy to go behind that. The tricky bit would be a doorway that's just drywall with no trim. –  gregmac Jul 23 '10 at 22:16
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I've done it this way, and definitely recommend it against any attempts to fish the cables through the walls or ceiling. –  Rob Napier Jul 24 '10 at 0:10
    
@Rob -- you may still have to use the walls, but the advantage is that you're always going vertical through the walls, not through joists; if you have to run in the walls for ceiling mounting (projector, speakers, etc.), you can come in from the wall so you're going with the rafters, rather than having to punch holes through them. –  Joe Jul 24 '10 at 7:10
    
Yeah, that's what I meant, too. I do drop into the walls to get the cable down to my plug-panel. I just didn't have to fight with joists. –  Rob Napier Jul 24 '10 at 15:18

Have you thought about using in-ceiling speakers? Then you could fish the wires through the ceiling (assuming the joists run the right way or you have access to the attic).

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These are great. I got a pair of 3-way 12" cieling-mounted speakers for $AUD160 because I was in thge same boat as the op. Never regretted it. –  Mark Henderson Jul 23 '10 at 22:35
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@Farseeker - agreed, I used them for my front and rear speakers (8" front in ceiling, 6" rear in the wall) mostly for the better wife-acceptance factor. Have been very happy with them. –  Eric Petroelje Jul 23 '10 at 22:40
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Haha yes anything that scores on the Wife Acceptance Factor has to be a good answer –  Mark Henderson Jul 23 '10 at 22:54

I would just get a sound bar.

not as good as actual 2 back speakers, but better then 2, and can't beat its simplicity (one item replacing 4 speakers, a dvd player and the AV box).

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Since this is a DIY site and not a home theater site, advice on component selection rather than help with the DIY-related implementation probably isn't appropriate. –  Adam Robinson Jul 24 '10 at 20:41
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I think you are exaggerating the self importance of the universe... lighten up. plus, it is perfectly good answer to tell someone the best way to do something is not doing it. –  csmba Aug 8 '10 at 22:46
    
I'm with csmba Sometimes the best answer is "Don't bother, do this instead" –  Chris Cudmore Oct 20 '10 at 17:29

Easy setup + affordable wireless solution are now available. There are a few soundbar systems with a set of wireless subwoofer and rear satellite speakers

For example the Vizio S4251W-B4

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Link only answers are not so good, especially when the links go 404. –  Tester101 Dec 5 '13 at 17:26
    
weird. link still works here –  Ron Harlev Dec 5 '13 at 19:15

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