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Can anyone help me identify this old audio cable?

Those are 5-pin male DIN connectors. Same as used in the original IBM-PC keyboard cables. From the photo this is obviously a patch cable of some kind for an audio application. Here are some ...
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Can anyone help me identify this old audio cable?

This is common on old audio equipment in Europe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIN_connector#Analog_audio Though your equipment could be wired differently, so it's worth checking carefully with a ...
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Does wire gauge matter for speaker cable for a home stereo system?

Yes, it matters. It's very important for full-range speakers (ones with deep bass), and much less so for bookshelf satellites. Wire gauge and length affect the damping factor. In simple terms, this ...
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Can anyone help me identify this old audio cable?

Still alive and kicking, as a MIDI connector, albeit with only 3 pins connected - the three central ones. Be aware that there are three sorts of 5 pin DIN plug/sockets - 180 degree, as you have, and ...
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Does wire gauge matter for speaker cable for a home stereo system?

The potential issue with a long run of thin wire is high resistance leading to signal degradation. A typical speaker is rated between 2 and 8 ohms, so as long as the resistance of the wire is small in ...
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Does wire gauge matter for speaker cable for a home stereo system?

Stop by your local home improvement center, electrical supply house, home audio store, or other place that sells wiring and pick up enough "speaker wire" to make the runs you need. Also, ...
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Best setup for 5.1 speakers in room

Yes there are guidelines for how to place the speakers. E.g. here is a Dolby 5.1 placement guide. But the short answer is A, B, C, F, and E in your diagram, if you have to pick from those exact spots. ...
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What to do with optical wire after removing my antique Bose sound system

The fiber optic connector is TOSlink which is Plastic fiber optic lit by red LEDs, so it's perfectly safe to ignore, no hazard to it, though if it's lit, that implies that a component you presumably ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

Most likely, there are holes in the side of the shaft. Put the wires through the holes and tighten down the ring to hold it in place.
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Pictures Covering Home Theater Speakers

Googling "acoustically transparent fabric" returns a variety of companies that provide materials that advertise the characteristics you require. For example: https://fabricmate.com/fabric/acoustic-...
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Why does using a toslink connection protect my sound system from getting interrupted?

Because TOSLink is plastic fiber optic streaming data, and thus immune to electromagnetic interference. Unlike copper data transmission. We networking folks LOVE fiber optic for that advantage, and ...
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Corroded audio cables

Careless installation, and perhaps also unsuitable speaker cables for in-wall installation (apart from better fire ratings on in-wall cable insulation, the insulation itself is typically more durable ...
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Home theater audio setup for a projector

Running speaker wires is not hard. Because they are low voltage, they are not subject to the same safey-based constraints as regular AC "mains" wiring. You can run them externally along ...
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Is it okay to connect a subwoofer to two devices with a Y cable?

I tried that exact same thing back in my younger years and found out that the signals definitely back fed into each other and weakened the signal going to the subwoofer. Whether or not it would have ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

Those are connections for speakers. They are not amplified. To use a normal headphone signal (3.5 mm) with them, you will need an amplifier between your device and the wall connections. Basically, ...
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

OTA DTV antenna cable is commonly RG6 (replaced RG59). This is a 75 ohm coaxial cable with an F or BNC termination (probably F). The better quality component video cables use 3 separate RG6 cables ...
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Can anyone help me identify this old audio cable?

Bang and Olufsen equipment were designed to work together very closely, ie, connecting your turntable to tape deck to the receiver allowed the receiver to control the turntable and tape deck directly. ...
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How to fix a hiccup in my sound system when a chest freezer turns off

When a motor comes on, it draws a large amount of current (Locked Rotor Amperage). Depending on the quality of the wiring on the circuit, this can lower voltage somewhat, annoying other appliances. ...
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sound absorption material for home cinema

I was just told recently by someone who took a class on something involving building sound absorption panels, that recycled denim material makes an excellent sound deadener. He said to wrap the bats ...
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1/2" drywall ceiling support 7lb ceiling-mounted speakers?

I would definitely not hang something that heavy on the ceiling without anchoring it into a rafter. The constant weight will inevitably cause the ceiling to sag, especially if is only 1/2" drywall. I ...
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

Coax Cable has a particular shielding and is designed for the frequencies that will be carried on it. Your Composite wire does not have that design so your signal will be degraded and quite possibly ...
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Workaround for outputting HDMI audio from PC to Onkyo TX-SR506 receiver

You can get the audio out of your stereo but you cannot avoid at least one non-HDMI audio connection. Option 1: Follow the method in the OEM Manual Along with each HDMI input install a digital or ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

These are binding posts These are binding-post connections -- you can connect stripped wire ends to them by screwing the stripped end down under the turning (nut) portion of the binding post, or use ...
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Can audio be transmitted over composite cable?

If I understand what you're doing, you want to put the chromecast on the projector on the ceiling, and use two of the RGB to run the audio out back to the receiver. Yes, it will work, I have done ...
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New setup, muzzled audio, any help is appreciated

Two channels of audio in but one channel of speaker out seems - odd. Particularly since the amp does not appear to have a function to combine stereo input to mono output - so there's that. The wiring ...
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Corroded audio cables

Given the construction you described (brick and concrete) I think what you're seeing here is two problems that paired up to make a single more serious problem. I think there's probably a small cut in ...
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How to fix a hiccup in my sound system when a chest freezer turns off

A UPS is a good idea. I use one on my home theater to alieviate issues from short blackouts. One thing to consider is that high-end amplifiers can have numerous protection circuits built in for, ...
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Home theater audio setup for a projector

"Relatively inexpensive" is not compatible with "entirely wireless". The answer to the question as you framed it is, no. Forget bluetooth, you'll never get that in sync. If you're ...
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How would i check if my receiver blows speakers

Generic advice: test the speakers on a known functional system. Test the receiver with speakers known to be functional. My suspicion is that the speakers are toast.
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Connecting a single audio device to multiple outputs for whole house speaker system

EDIT: This is to address the additional info the OP add to the question. The distribution panel you linked to is straight forward and is essentially the same thing as the switch i referenced in my ...
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