Hi Definition 1.0 (7.1 Speaker Installation)

I’m an electrical engineer, so it goes without saying that I’m a electronics freak.

One area I’m particularly passionate about is home theater, and I aim to have a powerful home setup that can provide the feel of being in a theater.

One place I was lacking was in audio.  So I secured a Onkyo SR606 receiver and some KEF speakers from various online outlets including eBay.

Since the KEF speakers are small, I wanted to mount them on the ceiling so they don’t interfere with the openness of the home and to get rid of all unsightly wires (both issues with my old samsung HTIB setup).

Installing speakers in the ceiling is not the easiest endeavor (especially for our low roofline house), so if you plan on taking this on be armed with plenty of patience and a partner with just as much (thanks Christy!).

First order of business was making openings for the speaker wires to route to.  This wouldn’t be so bad, but we were blessed with having hardwood panels framing the entire living room 🙁  Starting a hole, and then sawing to precisely fit a new speaker panel was no easy task…

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