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    I am installing about a dozen RC85 speakers for basic whole house audio in a new construction house. I thought it would make sense to use the rough-in brackets, but I am at a loss as to how these things could cost $50 a pair. Are they worth it? Do they serve any purpose other than locating the speaker hole? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I have used them (on other speakers) and I would say yes, the do help with locating the speaker properly. Installing them in California, they also served to provide needed support when installing speakers in the ceiling. I would definately use them in a new build.
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    They worked well for me. I've found that anything you can do before the drywall goes up will benefit you in the long run. It's also enormously helpful to photograph the stud walls in every room since you never know where you might need to fish a wire sometime down the road.
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    Not worth it IMO. if you are worried about support. Go get a 10' length of 20GA flat-stock. For 20 bucks you can install this product around the opening and screw Dwall screws at the 5" mark and it will hold as good or better than the over priced boxes.

    drywall/steel stud supplier carries the flat stock, It's what we use prior to drywall install on SS, to carry cabinets in kitchens etc.

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    I'm not sure what product you guys are talking about using but I used to work in construction. When we needed to put in support for cabinets, speakers, tv's, hand railing etc is was just 2x10. Chop the 2x10 up and put it inbetween the studs where you plan to put your speaker. Mount a low voltage electrical box right in the middle of the 2x10 to hide the wires and that way you know where it is later on and the drywallers wont cover it over.

    Once all the framing in the house is done they will do a "Checkout". In that time your tubs will be mounted in the bathrooms and you'll see a bunch of backing for all your cabinets. Thats when you want to go in and add your backing and speaker wire. The next thing they will do is insulating and drywall.

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    Close trenchant, but it is really a flat piece of metal 20ga galvanized metal, that is 6" wide and comes in 10' lengths. You cut it into whatever length you want. It is designed to be used in steel stud construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trenchant View Post
    I'm not sure what product you guys are talking about using but I used to work in construction. When we needed to put in support for cabinets, speakers, tv's, hand railing etc is was just 2x10. Chop the 2x10 up and put it inbetween the studs where you plan to put your speaker. Mount a low voltage electrical box right in the middle of the 2x10 to hide the wires and that way you know where it is later on and the drywallers wont cover it over.

    Once all the framing in the house is done they will do a "Checkout". In that time your tubs will be mounted in the bathrooms and you'll see a bunch of backing for all your cabinets. Thats when you want to go in and add your backing and speaker wire. The next thing they will do is insulating and drywall.
    I would go in right after the electricians did their job and do all my pulls for the low voltage and speaker wires. I would install the rough ins for the speakers and build baffles or whatever else was needed. The dry-wallers would leave openings for the speakers to be installed wherever there was a roughin and I would go back and complete the job after the painters came in. Equipment setup was concluded after the homeowner moved in.
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