I'll start with what I've accomplished this past week. I started by reinforcing the framing of a wall where I have my HT system located. I live in a mobile home, and if I want to mount a TV on the wall this is necessary. Many will say I go overboard, but I can mount this ting from anywhere between about 30-50 inches, in relation to the screen center. Figured I may as well cover just about any application the first time, and never have to worry about it again.
I also installed some new outlets, 4 to be exact. Decided that I want to future proof just about any situation that may arise in the future, so 4 dedicated 20 amp outlets would probably cover it. Didn't do anything special, just aluminum clad, 12 awg, MC cable and spec grade plugs. Will add this piece of information to anybody considering this project.
While connecting the 2 outlets, I had the radio on, entry level Yamaha AVR, playing in 2-channel. Turned out that when I was installing the breaker, a song was just starting, and when I pugged the system into the dedicated outlet, the same song was still playing. I heard a very noticeable improvement immediately. I don't claim to be an audiophile, and don't think that I will ever be considered one, just throwing that out there for those on the fence.
Anyway, to my question. I only wish to do this once, because I don't like to waste my time redoing any project. I plan on running a 9.2 system when all is said and done, just don't have the room to go 11, so 9 it will be. My front heights will be RTI A1's, and I may as well run the wire in wall, since I will already have to cut into the wall to reinforce and mount these speakers. I figure I have 3 options routing speaker wire in wall. Simply run wire point to point. By this I mean basically running solid wire from the AVR to the speaker, without using one of those RCA connector assemblies. Sorry, don't know the technical term.
The second option is simply using one of those connection centers, which I still don't know the technical term for, and purchase it from the local hardware. Finally purchasing the same thing, but buying a better made brand from some on-line parts supplier. I'm sort of leaning to running straight wire, so as to take one component out of the chain, but figured it would be better to ask those of you who know a bit more about these things.
Any advise is always appreciated.