Who doesn't love a proper home theatre (pronounced 'truh')? Not as beloved: the amount of cables, cords, and wires inherent in connecting all the components. We've talked about Flatwire's products before, but here's our actual experience installing it ourselves, part of a 5.1 surround sound system...
But we feel now is the time to upgrade. We even have a surround sound amplifier and speakers ready, but we just haven't had them hooked up for fear or our little nest becoming too...nestlike. We have the same problem as everyone else: WIRING!
A lot of you out there live in apartments or condos or somewhere where cutting up your walls is either against the rules or is too hard to deal with. We happen to be at the end of a remodel and it's still too much trouble. WIRING SUCKS.
...Or so we thought.
The first thing you notice when the rather substantial box arrives in the mail is the rather substantial box. Seriously, this is supposed to be wiring, not a stereo system. But once you crack it open, it becomes apparent the Flatwire system is more than just wires, and one to be taken seriously. The build quality is extremely high which is important if it is going to stand the test of time- you won't feel as though you are going to have to redo the install in two years when some hot new wire hits the market.
Required tools for installation:
- Scissors (or 'a scissor', if you are very young)
- Wall putty
- Trowel for said putty
- Primer and Paint (that matches your wall- we happened to be getting ready to paint anyway, so you know...)
- The usual tchotchke and tools to fix stuff with
The process is admittedly a bit of work, but nowhere near the trouble of wiring in the walls. We accomplished the install in about 2-3 hours in the morning, including watching the extraordinarily helpful DVD included with the kit.
Originally posted October 17, 2008
Follow more of this audio upgrade project:
The Invisible Audio Upgrade Part 2: Installing a Rear Speaker Wallplate
The Invisible Audio Upgrade Part 3: Installing Flatwire 5.1 Surround Sound Wiring