As I've been implying in other threads, I moved into a new home and finished the basement with a workout/media area. I'm thinking to offer it for CJ's system page, but another time... For this new media room I've purchased nearly an entirely new system; AVR, speakers and TV. I had an equipment shelf built in to a side wall and ran all of the speakers wires and cables back to the shelf. This included ~500 ft of in-wall, 2-conductor speaker wire manufactured by Atrium. To avoid making this a long, drawn out thread over the hours I spent setting everything up on each piece of equipment, and the hours afterwards trying to figure out why two weeks later it began sounding terrible in surround modes, I will instead will show you these... That's the in-wall wire to my center channel. After pulling the wire out of the wall (well installed by my electrician to get back out) I was able to find a stiff spot on the cable that would make the speaker cut in and out. Cutting back the covering I found the black wire had apparently run out of the spooling machine, so it was wrapped, soldered and heat-shrank with a 2-inch joint to join another spool and kept on truckin'. The joint was long and stiff so must have broken went coiled on to a smaller reel. I suppose you could just call this cheap material, but I'm not totally convinced. What's the manufacturer to do? As you can see in the photo it is actually heavily-soldered. I think that the splicer over-twisted the wires and they were actually broken, so when the joint bent it fractured. Not sure where it was made, but I can only imagine the person making this splice was not exactly a well-trained electrician. All fixed now and I am patting myself on the back for having figured it out. After checking every menu setting multiple times and trying all sorts of equipment and channel swaps (it was actually intermittent, making it even more frustrating), I was glad I wasn't sending anything back for repair. I'm also very glad it was the center channel and not one of the ceiling or rear speakers. Those runs are 3 times longer! Thanks for reading. I needed to share this and where else but HTL? Should I post it on Amazon and make this a decision-point for the miles of other fine cable? What are the odds it'll happen again?