Ceiling Speakers in Outlet Boxes

Name : Richard (Terry) Briggs

 Message :
 My new house has the ceiling prewired for speakers. It has the small cream color standard plastic covers now. Can I install speakers without cutting more into the ceiling? Can I use the existing space to mount speakers? Can the covers be color matched to the ceiling or do we paint them? Do you also sell the electronic equipment needed to create a surround sound system?


You can mount round speakers in such a way to cover the hole made by
those boxes. You just have to be careful on placement of your template
and cut just to the the edge of those corners.

Then, your only problem left is rotating the dog-ears into position.
There will be one that rotates up against the stud you`re working on.
You rotate that one out before you insert the speaker into the opening,
then twist the whole speaker frame to snug up against the stud and
tighten down.

All the speakers can be painted.



Theater Wiring Questions


You should be able to do the work yourself without too much trouble.

I`m glad to see you have looked over the FAQ`s.

As for the theater, a 5.1 type system like you`ve described is perfect
for most of our customers unless your room is really long, over 25 ft.
front to back. If yes, then your should consider the side wall type
speakers to fill in the large gap.

You can run the one additional pair of speakers off most of the
receivers out there today by hooking to the “B” pair of front speakers.
Keep in mind that you need to turn off all the surround modes to hear
music through those auxiliary speakers.

We do sell wire in as little as 100 ft. spools here:

The connections are all just bare wire type connections. You can use
these wall plates if you want to clean up the install behind your gear:


> Name :
> Wilfred Hessert
> Message :
> I had contracted to have a surround sound system installed in our family room; The installer would provide the equipment or we could. I found a great buy on a Pioneer VSX-1014TX Receiver, and a Sony DVD/CD; Then, sadly, the installer came down with a spinal Cancer and was unable to do the work. They were going to provide the speakers, wiring, etc. This receiver provides 110W for Front, Center, Surround and Surround Back speakers. I`m willing to try installing a system myself, but need a recommendation on a balanced set of speakers. (Center, front surround L/R, Sub-woofer, and for the rear we`d like to install two ceiling speakers.(Isn`t that enough? or do we need side rear speakers also?) We`re also curious if we can run a speaker into the dining room area for dinner music sound. Read your FAQ on gauge of wire. Do you provide the wire in bulk runs and we have to install connectors? Distance from unit to rear ceiling speakers would be 26`. Distance to dining r
oom (which may not be doable and we`re not hung up on)is 50`. Distances include vertical run up wall then across ceiling to in ceiling speaker mounts. is Any advice and prices you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Gen. Hessert

Whole House Audio Question


The Receiver you mention is really made for surround sound applications.
The “channels” it has are for the decoded section from movies to be
played back at the given positions of a home theater.

The more practical set up for you might be a set up with two basic
“stereo” type receivers with two speaker selectors.

Your other more basic option for whole house music is to have just one
receiver with an 8 pair selector.

By having two receivers you`ll have the ability to play two different
things at the same time in your two “zones” that are set up with your

No problem not having the volume controls, they are optional with the
use of a speaker selector.

> Name :
> Doug Reed
> Message :
> I recently built a house and wired in a total of (14) 100-amp, 8 ohm speakers (4 in each of 2 rooms, and 2 in each of 3 rooms). The speaker wire is 16 gauge, and the wire “runs” are all less than 100 feet. I now need to purchase a receiver to power these speakers, and am considering the RX-8040B Audio/Video Receiver by JVC. This unit offers 130 watts x 6 channels, and 8 ohms of overall impedance. The receiver offers “dual room” capability, so it would be my intent to drive the two 4-speaker rooms with four of the receiver channels, and the three 2-speaker rooms with the remaining two receiver channels.
> I know that I will need speaker selectors to enable me to select any or all of the speakers at once. What speaker selectors do you recommend (note that my speakers are relatively low-cost)?
> Will I need two selectors to handle the two 4-speaker rooms, to enable me to take advantage of the 4 receiver channels that I intend to feed to those rooms?
> Do you anticipate any problems in powering up to 14 speakers at once with this amp?
> I did not install volume controls on any of the speakers. Do you anticipate that I will need them?
> Thanks for your help on this.
> Doug