By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If space is at a premium or if you prefer a streamlined look in your room décor, consider adding hi-fi ceiling speakers to replace traditional box units. In the past these speakers were high-end items for the serious audiophile and usually part of a custom system, but today you'll find them designed for a handy homeowner to install. The speakers come with a connector that links a typical stereo receiver or amplifier and a wall volume control. You'll barely notice the speakers once they're installed because they're designed to look like any flush recessed light fixture, so they will be heard, but not seen.
A stereo system pro will charge $460 to install two speakers with a connector and wall control in a 10-by-12 room. That includes labor and material. You can buy the equipment and do it yourself for $175 and save 62 percent. To do the job you'll need a keyhole or drywall saw, Phillips head screwdriver, level, fish tape, wire strippers, and a drill with bits. You'll find information about installing the speakers at www.sonarray.com.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020