After the speaker locations have been chosen, you must run wires from the speakers to the ampliﬁer that drives
You must select wire that is suited to outdoor usage. Look for wire that is rated for burial. It will stand up to the
requirements of outdoor usage. Outdoor rated wire is typically at least 1ꢀ gauge. That is good enough for runs
up to 50 feet or so. For runs of more than 50 feet use heavier 12 gauge wire.
If the wire must be run more than 75 feet or if more than ꢀ speaker channels are used, a high voltage distribution
system is recommended. Such systems use a special ampliﬁer that has a “70V” (or in some countries, “100V”)
output. This allows the relatively small gauge speaker wires to be run over great distances without signal
degradation. Speakers used in a high voltage system require a transformer. An optional transformer is
available from Boston Acoustics. The RK series speakers have provisions for mounting the transformer inside a
cover located on the bottom of the speaker where the wires emerge. Contact a custom audio system installer
for more information.
Speaker Connection Polarity
It is important that all the speakers in a system are hooked up with similar polarity or “in phase.” The speaker
terminals on ampliﬁers are color coded and marked for polarity – typically red is + and black is –. The RK series
models have “pig tail” wire leads that extend from the bottom of the cabinet. The wires are color coded in the
usual way – red is + and black is –. In the case of the RK6T2 and RK8T2 there are two wire leads. The wire lead
for the “right” side has red and black leads. The “left” side wire lead has yellow and black wires. All you have to
do is make each connection the same way. This is particularly important with the RK6T2 and RK8T2. If they are
conected improperly, they will produce almost no sound.
Connecting the Speakers
The “pig tail” leads from the speakers are connected to the speaker wires with the supplied wire nuts that are
ﬁlled with sealant. To connect the wires from the ampliﬁer to the lead extending from the RK speaker, strip off ⁄
” of the wire insulation. Twist the wire stands into a neat bundle. Loosely twist together the two wire leads.
Push one of the supplied wire nuts onto the ends of the wire and turn it until it is ﬁrmly set.
TIP:If you want to give the wire conections an extra measure of protection, apply silicon sealant in the
open end of the wire nut and the wires. Do not do this until you have tested the system and are sure all the
connections are correct.