Take advantage of an open ceiling when you can!
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As part of a kitchen-plus renovation we replaced the whole ceiling to allow for easier electrical & lighting work. I took advantage of this opportunity to extend sound from the adjacent living room into the kitchen & den areas. These brackets made planning a breeze and I can't wait to hear my speakers (in-ceiling MC60s x 4) in the completed space. Each pair comes with ample screws to fasten the tabs to joists/strapping. and there are helpful indentations in the plastic to get a sense of squareness. The circular rim is just deep enough to not interfere with drywall installation, and once in place, this will rest on the drywall to provide additional support. I did a dry-run installation while the ceiling was open, but the unit didn't seem sturdy enough in open space to hold my speakers. I set the rim on the adjacent strapping to get a basic idea of the sound, and then repositioned them slightly, to the center of the square formed by the joists and strapping. At this price point, they may seem a little pricey, but these are built to do one thing very well, and it's worth knowing that I've correctly positioned the speakers for the best sound before the drywall is in. I was able to do all the work un-assisted, which may also be of value to some.
Pros: Purpose built for MC60s Integral part of speaker positioning in advance of drywall Lightweight & versatile, ample screws provide for installation Indents and lines make alignment a breeze
Cons: Before drywall is hung, these will flex enough to make installing speakers for testing to require more trust than I could muster.