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(note to readers: It's painful to follow a whole bunch of links in a list just to know what products you're talking about... Links are great, but in a list, add the model numbers in the text...)
Lots of folks here have used the Monoprice speakers. I haven't heard them, but their construction and specs would at least make them comparable to other speakers normally seen in the $100-200/pair range. I do notice the difference between the various models of speakers I used in my ceilings - with the Boston Acoustics and Definitive Tech's significantly outperforming.
My advice on cheap in-ceiling speakers is to stick with the 6.5" variety, as that will give you a lot of upgrade options since there are a lot of other speakers (same size or larger) that will fit in that hole, or a larger one. Don't buy cheap 8" or larger speakers, as that will force any upgrade into a much narrower range of products.
The Monoprice wire is what I used throughout, and color-coding is "free" when you buy multiple spools, so why not. Best utilized when the endpoints are in different locations, but can also be helpful to distinguish multiple cables at the same location. Just don't get too married to the concept and get too anal about it, as there will be cases where you'll need to use a wire for a different purpose than your color code...
Rock Creek Theater -- CIH, Panamorph, Martin Logan, SVS PB2000, Carada Masquerade, Grafik Eye, Bar table, Green Glue, JVC RS50
NOTE: I am fixing photo links in my theater thread - if you find dead photo links elsewhere, please PM me and I will fix it.