Originally Posted by syyid
Sorry about that, I meant to say power it takes in that it converts to audio (not sure what the correct phrasing would be? higher power rating I presumed meant the speaker would be louder)
No, that's wrong - which is why I mentioned the "Watts" thing. Speakers convert electrical power into sound waves. The more power (watts) pushed from the amplifier, the louder the sound. If you push more power than the speaker is RATED for (the "rated for 60 Watts" spec), you can/will damage the speaker.
If you hook up an 40W amp to a pair of speakers rated for "80W max" and another pair rated for "200W max", they will produce the same volume (assuming the speakers have the same efficiency).
Heh, I actually have an XPA-5 (200W/channel, I could conceivably just use 2 channels of that (it's currently part of my home theater but can feed the surrounds to the receiver instead of the Amp). 60Wx4 = 240W, 200W of power should be decent, if not optimal.
A 200W/channel amp is enormous for whole-house audio. 20-40W/channel is typical. Now, using that amp with some care will probably work fine. You'll find that typical background listening levels are just a few Watts.
I was going to cut holes for the ceiling but from what I understand if I hide the wires in the ceiling I'll have to cut holes for where it crosses every joist (to quote a friend more knowledgable then myself, it'll wind up being swiss cheese). I guess I'll ask the installer (have a handyman that my sister uses that I was planning on asking) how big of a deal that is.
No. Find another friend to ask those kind of questions.
A/V installers (and ahem, us hobbyists) have lots of specialized tools to do that kind of work without cutting holes everywhere... If it was my house, and I had to cross more than a couple joists, it would be time to hire an expert.
Two more questions - Looking at the volume controls on Monoprice they're only 4/8 ohm, I'm presuming I need one with 1 ohm (or 2?) for all 4 speakers. would this Xantech work?
You will have 2 pairs of speakers, correct? If each pair is 8ohm, in parallel they become 4ohm loads. The impedance matching volume control(s) will make that appear as 8ohms to the amplifier. If you need more than 2 pairs, then you need the Xantech model or one like it that has more settings.
No. How do think you were going to retro-fit that??? You have an enclosed ceiling already (floor above), so you'll be fine. Some folks do build boxes around their in-ceiling speakers, but generally that's only done (and an option, not a necessity) in ceilings open to large spaces above (attic).
EDIT: Oh, and pre-construction speaker brackets / enclosures like that do NOT necessarily work on other brands of speakers. In-wall / in-ceiling speaker 'sizes' (such as 6.5" and 8") are the size of the speaker cone, not the cut-out size of the whole speaker itself. Some 6.5" speakers will use a 7" cutout, others may use an 8". Using a bracket for one with the other will make you cry later...