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…

With that part of the way, it was to the actual wiring.  We marked where we wanted the speakers to go in the living room, measuring distances and angles to try and get everything evenly spaced and centered to the TV.

We then got the speaker templates, and screwed the holes for the speaker mounts and wire feeds.  I used some heavy duty anchors to secure each of the 10lb speakers to the ceiling.  So that took a few iterations of going to attic, getting anchors and securing them to back end of the mounting screws.

With the mounts all in place, I then went to the attic again to start routing all the speaker wires…

Christy tied in the wire to the appropriate terminals and secured the speakers to the mounts…

We did this for all 4 surround back speakers.

As I’m writing this I realize I left out how difficult it was to route the speaker wires from the speaker mounts to the back wall where the speaker panel was cut-out.  That was a real B*.

It took Christy’s small and dexterous hands, a drill bit on a long 6′ rod from Fry’s, and luck.

If you can find someone to do this for $50, pay them.

So, speakers are mounted, wires go to all the right places.  Now just need to do some cleanup and put everything together (cut wires, install banana plugs, screw everything in place..yada..yada..yada….

And here’s how it now looks when you walk into the living area…

Ready for a movie?

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