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Putting speakers and TVs in place is not always a simple process. Although wireless speakers are available, they are expensive and not yet as reliable as wired-in speakers. That means you will most likely need to run wires or cables for your home theater. Component cables and speaker wires can be run through the wall, but it’s often easier to route them on the surface of the wall, in cable-management channels known as “raceways”. You can also run wire or cable behind baseboards. In any case, concealing cables and wires is essential if you’re going to make your room look as good as the images on your TV screen. Optimizing your viewing and listening pleasure is a matter of component placement. Speakers should be placed so that they are directed at the viewer, and positioned to essentially surround anyone watching the TV screen. 

How to Install In Wall Speakers

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    Determine exactly where you want to locate the speaker and use a studfinder to check for studs or other obstructions behind the wall surface. Adjust the location as necessary, then drill a small hole in the center of the location, and probe inside the wall cavity with a bent coat hanger to check for wires or other obstructions the studfinder may have missed.

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    Check the supplied template for level and plumb, and then trace around it with a pencil. Drill a 1⁄2” hole in one corner, and use a keyhole saw to cut out the speaker opening.

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    Run wiring to the speaker opening as necessary (it’s generally easiest to run up from behind the baseboard). Add insulation batting in back of the speaker opening for a richer sound. However, add exactly the same type and density of insulation behind every wall speaker you install.

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    Install the speaker frame by opening the locking arms (inset) that hold the frame to the drywall. Attach the speaker wires to the speaker. Screw the speaker to the frame being careful not to overtighten the screw, which can distort the frame. Clip the speaker cover into place, and test the speaker.