Originally Posted by HX_Guy
I do intend to use in-ceiling for the surround sound. I know it's not the best, but I don't like how wall speakers look...and my wife likes them even less. Is it that big of a difference? I'm not looking for movie theatre sounds, just something decent (for reference, I've been using a 2.1 Bose speaker set with a Onkyo receiver for the past 5 years in my current setup).
IMO it's a big difference. You don't have to use in-wall speakers - some nice-looking, small bookshelf speakers and a matching center channel under the TV is the best-sounding solution. A 3-channel LCR speakerbar mounted under the TV would be the least obtrusive. This depends on what will be on that wall - is it a built-in entertainment center or a blank wall? The issue with in-ceiling LCRs, especially for TV/movies, is that dialog comes from 6 feet away from the screen.
It's too late for the builder to install the speakers, so I have to do it myself either pre-drywall or after drywall...or after I move in, depending on how it goes. Preferably pre-dry wall.
I didn't mean ask him to do it - just ask him how to deal with the insulation as you run the wiring.
Foyer...again not really needed but I figured why not, not really anywhere else I can put some. I don't want any in the bedrooms and the office area is all the way at the front of the house and unfortunately it doesn't even share the same attic space so I don't have a way to feed wire all the way there.
Sure there is. They got electricity there, didn't they? May not be as easy as throwing a wire over the joists, but you can absolutely find a path to the office. That's one of the areas I use most often,...
What is your thought on 7.1 vs 5.1 in the great room? I'm thinking overkill.
Since you're using in-ceiling locations, it's easy enough to do, and if this is your primary viewing area, why not? The cost in additional speakers is minimal. In that case, you might want to bring the rears a bit closer together.