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post #1 of 8 Old 10-30-2007, 11:26 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a new house with 5.1 speakers pre-wired. I requested in-wall speaker setup, but I vaguely remember the salesperson saying that one speaker couldn't be in-wall because of a stud or something like that.

How can I tell if I can do in-wall speakers in my setup without cutting holes in the walls and then finding out the speakers won't work?

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couple of questions:
1. interior wall or exterior wall?
2. Is the potential location in an odd location? IE; over a doorway/window next to a load bearing support or beam, in a vault?
3. is the speaker placement flexible? could it be moved 6-12" one way or the other?
4. do you have attic space and/or crawl space above or below?
5. do you have pics?

A speaker can ALMOST always be made to fit in a particular location. More importantly can you get a wire to that location?.

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How can I tell if I can do in-wall speakers in my setup without cutting holes in the walls and then finding out the speakers won't work?

You can also use a stud finder to find where your studs are. For most houses, the studs are usually spaced 16" on centre. You also have to worry about the depth you have to work with. Most in walls are designed to be thin but you still want to review the specs of the speakers anyways. Thin on walls are another option.

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couple of questions:
1. interior wall or exterior wall?
2. Is the potential location in an odd location? IE; over a doorway/window next to a load bearing support or beam, in a vault?
3. is the speaker placement flexible? could it be moved 6-12" one way or the other?
4. do you have attic space and/or crawl space above or below?
5. do you have pics?

A speaker can ALMOST always be made to fit in a particular location. More importantly can you get a wire to that location?.


1) Interior
2) Odd Location--They are over a fireplace/television cut-out in the living room. The pre-wire boxes are attached to studs in the framing of this section, so they are not just "floating" in the drywall.
3) I might be able to move them if the speakers aren't too wide that they would run into the other stud.
4) No
5) I'll take pics tonight.

The wires are run in the walls already so I'm not worried about connecting them to the speakers or the receiver. I AM concerned about the closeness of the framing as to whether in-walls would work OR if I could move them horizontal, yet run into another stud.
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The boxes will have to be removed prior to installation, but you should have at least 16" off empty space. If you dont have a stud finder, you can use a metal coat hanger. straighten out the coat hanger so that you have an "U" shape with about 12" on one side (the other can be shorter. poke the hanger through the sheet rock right next to the box. insert the long end and spin. you will feel if it hits a stud or other obstruction. this will allow you to gauge how much empty space is in there.

my first thought is that if someone put a box there, you should be able to put a speaker there. worst case scenario "wall mount"

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Do you have a wall?

If so, there will be an in-wall solution possible.
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Do you have a wall?

If so, there will be an in-wall solution possible.

Wow is it possible that all your 14,000+ posts are that helpful .

No he has no walls in his house. He just thought walls would make good speaker stands.
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It's certainly possible.
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