Tell her the current in the wire will damage her shoes!
That should make her more careful!
That should make her more careful!
Virtual Dynamics are garden water hose sized. If you get a set of shotgun bi-wire there is enough cable to trip a horse. They're running specials all the time & if you call Rick & tell him what you're looking for I'm sure he'll fix you up.
Another way to make the wife aware is to use one of those cable protectors that are used at live shows, where the cable runs under & it is taped down to the floor. She might get tired of seeing half a roll of duct tape holding them down & will be somewhat more careful.
Her stepping on your cable is indicative of a much deeper problem in your relationship. Her expression of apparent disregard towards your system is a reflection of an underlying jealousy towards what she sees as a rival. The stepping on the cable is an obvious metaphor for her true intent.
Solution(s) - ask her how her day went (actually listen to her reply). If this fails then try flowers and dinner. If still no reaction, then you'll have to go the full monty and buy her a gift equal to cost of your last component upgrade.
Don't laugh about that cartoon! I just did exactly that using an big gas powered wet saw. The fumes were pretty bad and I had to scoop up about 100 gallons of water from my living room floor, but 3 long trenches of 2" x 2" were dug out of my concrete slab which allows me to run cables under the tile floor from where the racks are located to where the speakers and Buttkickers will be positioned.
Gotta love those Buttkickers for HT! www.thebuttkicker.com
Hughes, everyone's having fun with this. Just get cables long enough to push back to the wall and out of the way. Use 12 gauge or lower, and the few extra feet will not degrade the sound. In answer to your question, Audioquest cables are thick and obvious. Kimber 8tc is pretty bright and obvious. But I think an appropriate length to get the cables outof the way is what you need.
One thing you could do is buy you a REALLY cheappair of speaker stands made from MDF, sit them between your amp and speakers, and use them as a cable props. If this does not work find you some yellow "POLICE LINE - DO NOT CROSS" tape and string it up from wall to wall in front of your entire system.
The key to success here lays in spousal behavior modification, rather than audio tweaks and home remodeling:
(1) Call Invisible Fence, have them surround the speaker cables with their own cables, and make her wear that collar ... it works with dogs ... it should work with your wife (I've seen her);
(2) Surround the cables with electrified bare wire ... this works with horses (no further comment);
(3) Keep one of those HUGE squirt guns (squirt cannons, actually) handy. Squirt (well, fire away!) when she comes perilously close to the cherished speaker cables. This works quite well with cats in behavior modofication, and I figure if it works with one pussy, then ...
(4) C4 ... strategically placed. This is a one-time behavior modification approach, and an extreme example of the art. Try this only if (1) -- (3), above, fail to achieve the desired results.
Paul, in my experience, spousal behavior modification only works one way...female changing male. If the male should attempt to try this, specific and sometime legal remedies may apply/occur. Usually, you just end up on the couch.
The way I see it, you have two battles to fight, only one you'll win. If she will let you put your speakers where you want to in the room, consider this victory and let the cable stepping phenomea continue-split loom may divert this enough. If you push the speaker cable issue to much, then she may move the speakers against the wall-you loose, but your cable is ok.
Go to Home Depot and get 5" dryer hose - the pliable version and insert the cables into these. Although I can't speak to how the sonics will change as they have a wire wrapped in them so one can bend them to position but the low WAF should make her realize just how important your cables are to you. Because of their size I can't see how she can miss them and should have no problem avoiding them... Sonics aside what about that sturdy black pvc pipe, also available from HD???
If you try most of these suggestions you'll end up divorced like the one guy. From a woman's point of view she's probably trying to get you to hide them. Wires or cables being visible on the floor looks horrible reguardless of how nice they look. Most women spend hours putting together the decor of a room and when you have speaker wire running across the floor it destroys her dream. Run the wire under the carpet or along the side of the wall. This would solve your problem. Question, did you speak with her before laying the wires across the floor? Maybe if you did you never would of had this problem to begin with.
I don't know any back ground information, but have ya'll actually had a conversation about it (other than you "telling her not to step on your speaker wire")? If you're "telling" her to do something, chances are she'll do the exact opposit.
Use duct tape (preferably brightly colored) to tape the cables to the floor. Serves two purposes ... protects the cable, and makes it much easier to see, all in one !
That's what we used to do with guitar and mic cables when we were gigging and it works a treat. Hardwood, tile, carpet, duct tape does it all.
Is there some sort of spray you can get to spray the floor around your cables to keep your wife away ? "Wife repellant". (perhaps beer would do it).
I thought it obvious that my comments, like those of many others, were made completely in jest. I wonder if I'm the only one who got four ... yes, FOUR ... nasty emails from Mrs. Hughes ... LOL. Personally, I'm betting she steps on more than just speaker cables (oooh, boy, now I'm gonna get more hate grams from Mrs. Hughes ... LOL).
Hey lady ... lighten up.
We're talkingabout a creature that doesn't mind putting up the lid, but resents putting down the seat. I put my cables under a rug, and after time they made a groove in the carpet beneath it. that isn't seen, so not resented, and technically it was a higher rise under that throw rug, made of the same carpet, bound at a shop, but worked for some reason. Maybe make a ramped trough, and toss her choice of rug over it.