To recesess or not
This is something I struggled with initially and I think I regret my decision. My room is 13'1" wide. My side surrounds are Focal super birds. Rounding up, each speaker sits off the wall 6" leaving me with a 12'1" room. I will have 2 rows of seating and I would not want to have a row that is much more than 8' wide to have an easy path to the back.
All major drywall work has already been completed. Double drywall, green glue, caulked. No tape/mud yet.
I am debating creating a backer box for these to sit flush in the wall. On one side i have easy access from the back side since I can remove the one sheet of drywall and have direct access. The other side would be a little trickier as it's a hat channel wall with no direct access. The box would fit almost perfectly in between the hat channel. The box would get attached to the studs of the niche , which is decoupled with ib3 brackets. height wise, I'd be up against the 4' hat channel which puts the speakers tweeter at a nice height for the first row.
What would you do?? Is it worth it to gain 1' of walkway to the 2nd row?