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Based on 107 reviews* Norm Hawes is a member of CrutchReld's A/V Design Team. He loves creating great-sounding systems for customers. Use a good stud Rnder You'll want to invest in a quality stud finder before you begin an installation in a finished room. Look for a stud finder that can differentiate between metal pipes, AC wires, and other obstacles that are hidden behind your walls. Use a rough-in bracket Rough-in brackets are very helpful if you're working with new construction or renovating an existing room where the old sheetrock has been removed. The brackets mount between two studs or joists, and give the contractor a clear idea of where your speakers and wiring go. It saves you and your installer a lot of time and guesswork, and ensures a neat, clean install. PRO TIP #3 PRO TIP #5 BONUS TIP PRO TIP #4 Extra wire goes a long way Make your install easier by having some extra slack in your wire. Say you're installing in-ceiling speakers. Having a couple of extra feet of wire lets you set the speakers on your ladder while you hook them up. In general, it's good to run an extra 10-15 percent more wire than you think you'll need. That way you won't be thrown off by an unexpected obstacle. Great sound, great price Custom-install speakers don't have to cost an arm and a leg, especially if you're self-installing. Here are two of our favorite speakers that deliver big sound with a modest price tag. Wall and ceiling speakers mount the same way Both speakers shown to the left use a rotating-cam design (also known as "dog ears") to hold themselves in place. Simply use a screwdriver to tighten each dog ear for a secure grip against the back of the wall or ceiling. FPO photo SAVE $40 Infinity CS60 in-wall speaker (shown left) #108CS60 $89.99 special purchase $49.99 each JBL Arena 6iC in-ceiling speaker (shown right) #109A6iC $174.99 each Free tech support for life Need help with your gear? You can call us for guidance - whether it's the day you receive your order or 10 years later. See crutchReld.com/tech

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