I’ve decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on the remaining part of my bedroom project and get the in-wall front and center speakers from MonoPrice. I did a little eye-balling on the stud placement and I believe the center channel speaker will line up without any notching. I might have to Dremel away some of the speaker to get it to fit, but I’ve read that is an option without compromising anything in how secure it is once in the wall.
My only obstacle now is finding out if the 52″ Samsung will overlap the speakers once I am able to put it in. I’m going to have to measure it and see how it will fall into place with the speakers I plan on buying. I want to go with the 8″ fronts, but they have a 10″ footprint width. If that Samsung overlaps, I may have to go on the other side of the stud and that’s going to look a little strange with the 37″ I have now. I will go with the same 6.5″ speakers I used as my rear left and right surrounds if I absolutely have to, but I think they will be too small for front channels. This is the center channel speaker and since the stud space is slightly off-center, I should have at least 4 mount locks to hold it in place if I have to cut out two corner ones to make it fit without notching. That will work fine.
Once I get home this evening, I’ll break the tape measure out and I’ll know for sure what I’m getting. The only thing left is to get a sample of the wall paint we used…the speakers I hung marked them up pretty bad. Plus I think I’ll have a few mounting screw holes to patch up.
I measured it out and I am going with the 8″ FRL speakers. I also realize I am going to have to notch a stud for the center channel, but I’m pretty sure I can do it easily without causing any problems if it’s load-bearing. I went ahead and order it all Friday afternoon, so I’m hoping it will arrive before next weekend. I doubt it since the last shipment took so long, but we’ll see.